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.

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

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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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Problems with ejaculation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased sweating
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Side effect rates for Lexapro (escitalopram)

From 856 clinical trials of Lexapro when taken for generalized anxiety disorder
  • Headache
    24%24%
    17%17%
  • Nausea
    18%18%
    8%8%
  • Problems ejaculating
    14%14%
    2%2%
  • Sleepiness
    13%13%
    7%7%
  • Insomnia
    12%12%
    6%6%
  • Dry mouth
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Diarrhea
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Fatigue
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Decreased libido
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Problems with orgasm
    6%6%
  • Constipation
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Increased sweating
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Indigestion
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Neck/shoulder pain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Decrease appetite
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Lack of energy
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Tingling or burning in the hands/feet
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Flatulence
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Toothache
    2%2%
  • Yawning
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Menstrual disorder
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Lexapro.

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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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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Lexapro
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Interactions
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects.
Food
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 9/17/2017i take with breakfast,,20mg,,started with 10mg for a week then 20mg,,only been 2 weeks,,,will review in 2 more weeks,,,doc said 4-6 weeks to fully kick in but i tell ya i like it,,,no anxiety or panics,,,wow im good
    60
    Man
    A couple weeks
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 7/23/2017Listen to your body. If you feel yourself spacing out or running out of energy, take a short nap or eat a snack. Don't try to pull all-nighters or skip meals.
    18
    Woman
    A month or so
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 3/18/2017It works really good but I don't like the extreme food craving that it gives....
    22
    Man
    A year or so
    Anxiety
Pain
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    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
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    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
Sex
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 2/24/2018The first week or two was tough, I had to titration up from 2.5mg to 10mg due to side effects. Two weeks in, my wife noticed a difference. A month in and negative thoughts just weren’t as sticky. Pulled me out of an abysmal state, but lowered libido and poor energy have lingered. I don’t regret it at all, though. Worth the trouble if drowning in depression. Now on Wellbutrin as well as 10mg lexapro, a balanced combo for me.
    32
    Man
    A few months
    Would rather not say
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 5/4/2017weight gain and no libido - but effective
    44
    Man
    Two years or more
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 3/14/2017For the first 2-3 weeks, i had insomnia. I take it first thing in the morn with food. Side effects sent away after 3 weeks. No change in libido or weight. My anxiety and depression-gone. My joint pain and fatigue--gone. Bonus- my eyesight fixed..whaat? Apparently eyesight can be severely affected by anxiety.
    32
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Depression
Sleep
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    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
  • Worth it
    Reviewed escitalopramon 2/12/2018•Take at night to avoid drowsiness during the day. •The first two weeks are the adjustment period. •Don’t skip meals
    24
    Woman
    A few months
    Would rather not say
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 6/27/2017I take it at night so I'm not so drowsy during the day for me it helps me sleep cuz it keeps my mind calm
    59
    Man
    A few months
    Anxiety
Weight
  • Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 1/6/2017Actually lost little bit of weight.
    44
    Woman
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 9/16/2017Weight gain starts as from 5 mg
    42
    Man
    Two years or more
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Lexaproon 7/31/2017It made me gain weight but it worked really well.
    27
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Depression