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Lexapro

(escitalopram)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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Improves mood and helps you relax.

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Our bottom line

Lexapro (escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It is less likely to cause side effects than and has fewer drug interactions. However, it might not be a good choice if you have liver or heart problems.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • Lowers the likelihood that your depression will come back.
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects.
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Downsides

  • Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) is not a good option if you have heart or liver problems.
  • The first antidepressant you try might not always work, so you may need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you.
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Lowest price for 30 10mg tablets
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$9.73
  • Retail price
    10.81
  • Savings
    10%
How it works

Lexapro (escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin in the brain which regulates mood.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid

What to expect when you take Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression or anxiety

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Side effect rates for Lexapro (escitalopram)

856 From clinical trials of Lexapro / Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Problems ejaculating
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Problems with orgasm

Risks and Warnings for Lexapro (escitalopram)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Lexapro (escitalopram) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Watch for worsening depression or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment or when your dose changes. Let your doctor know right away if you experience any of these thoughts. Lexapro (escitalopram) is not approved for use in children younger than age 12.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Lexapro (escitalopram)

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Interactions
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects.
Food
  • Taking it at lunch time works best for me
  • Dry mouth is severe and led me to drink a lot more than usual. I didn't realize I was drinking so many sugary drinks until I gained weight, and started tracking my food & drink choices.
  • Take with food
Pain
  • Gives me severe gas pain, if I take it too close to my pain Med. Took awhile to figure it out.
  • don't increase dose if you don't feel you need it and your doctors just targets to increase your serotonin blood level because lowing the dose is a painful process that I stopped after one week
Sex
  • Killed my sex drive and couldn't orgasm anyway. Eventually went off it because of that.
  • Can cause orgasm problems
  • No libido, excessive weight gain of >10kg, but I no longer suffer anxiety and major depression. I'd rather be a bit chubby and happy than depressed and constantly anxious. Started on 10mg then up to 20mg after 6 months once uni exams began. Very sweaty! And crazy dreams.
Sleep
  • Was so tired I couldn't stay awake during the day at work-- very unlike me.
  • Made me very tired and foggy
  • Miracle drug for my anxiety and depression. Struggle with weight gain and drowsiness. Sexual side effects improved after a few months but still cause some issues.
Weight
  • Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
  • Caused weight gain
  • Weight gain sucks, gained 50 pounds while on it. Isn't bad though anxiety is no where near as bad as it was
  • For me the medication caused a slight increase in eating/weighy gain. It's nothing abnormal, Id just warn people to be aware that you might have cravings so make a daily food plan to keep track of how much you're eating daily.