Lexapro

(escitalopram)

3.6/ 5 average rating with 1063 reviewsforLexapro
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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.

Quick facts about Lexapro
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (escitalopram)
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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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How it works

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

Quick facts about Lexapro
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (escitalopram)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Lexapro

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

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Side effect rates for Lexapro (escitalopram)

From 856 clinical trials of Lexapro when taken for generalized anxiety disorder
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Problems ejaculating
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Problems with orgasm
  • Constipation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Increased sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Neck/shoulder pain
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Decrease appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Tingling or burning in the hands/feet
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Toothache
  • Yawning
  • Menstrual disorder

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

Pharmacist Q&A

Lexapro (escitalopram) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 7/15/2016Taking it at lunch time works best for me
    43
    Man
    Anxiety
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 8/27/2016Dry 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.
    40
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 12/8/2016Take with food
    44
    Man
    Depression
Pain
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 8/25/2016Gives me severe gas pain, if I take it too close to my pain Med. Took awhile to figure it out.
    48
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 2/3/2017don'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
    30
    Man
    Depression
Sex
  • Reviewed LexaproKilled my sex drive and couldn't orgasm anyway. Eventually went off it because of that.
    31
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Anxiety
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 7/24/2016Can cause orgasm problems
    14
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 1/19/2017No 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.
    36
    Woman
    Anxiety
Sleep
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 10/28/2016Take it at night, it will make you drowsy and make it harder to get up in the morning.
    23
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 4/28/2015Made me very tired and foggy
    48
    Woman
    A few months
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 7/31/2015Miracle 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.
    34
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Anxiety
Weight
  • Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 1/6/2017Actually lost little bit of weight.
    44
    Woman
    Anxiety
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 7/18/2016Could not increase dose beyond 10mg or had problems ejaculating, also noticeable weight gain
    37
    Man
    Depression
  • Reviewed Lexaproon 9/6/2016Losing weight and feeling more energized. Also sleeping a lot better and not crying or over emotional as of late.
    41
    Woman
    Anxiety
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