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 2  Anxiety, Depression, Seasonal Aff.D Loss of appetite, confusion, tics, restless legs, dis-inhibition. Been on many SSRI's in the past. Lexapro 50 mg up to 100 mg the first round. 3 years later, giving it another shot. Now only taking 10mg increasing up to 20 mg over a 1-2week period. Last week I increased up to 15mg and my body went haywire. I'm still unable to eat. Dramatic weight loss in one weeks usage. Not feeling so bombarded by life's duties, so that's plus. Very lethargic, mildly anxious. Lack of interest in most activities. Sex drive is now at it's lowest-- and that is rare. Get strange muscle tightening all over. Jaws clench way too often. Can't sit still. Nervous. Random tics. Increasing apathy as we speak. More irrational behavior. Good drug possibly in combination with others? F 21 14 days
11/5/2007
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 5  depression Only positive side effects - happier, calmer, more even tempered. Lexapro has saved my life - I should have been on this drug 25 years ago - especially pre-menopausal. Okay - honesty here - my libibo is dramatically decreased but, to me, it's such a worthwhile trade-off, I'm okay with that. F 59 6 years
11/4/2007

 3  Yes Anorgasima for the first few weeks, it went away after that I started on 10 mg went up to 20 mg, it helped a lot at the start but the effece stared wearing off after 6 months have added Wellbutrin XL now.. M 37 180 days
11/2/2007

 2  Anxiety Gain weight 20 pounds for the first month, I exercise e/single day.I was always sleppy. It calmed me down, but extra 20 pounds...It was out of control, I had to buy new bras..dresses..I am still working on my weight, can not lose additional 10 pounds. F 34 2 months
11/2/2007

 5  Major Depression I didn't have much side effects. I was taking Wellbutrin and that made me lose too much weight and sweat all the time. I've tried Paxil, Wellbutrin, and Effexor and all of those seemed to cause me to sweat and the inability to orgasm. Lexapro has been the best so far for me. I was taking the smaller dose and I was still feeling anxious, when I increased to 20mg it resolved. F 23 1 years
11/1/2007

 5  hormonal imbalance/depression clenched jaw After reading some feedback here, I cut my dosage from 10mg to 5mg after day 2, and have not yet increased it. Under 10mg, I felt drugged, nauseous, had trouble sleeping. With 5mg I have felt just wonderful... my productivity is back and I have no more debilitating feelings of Overwhelm in between my periods. The only side effect I have is the odd jaw clenching. Have NOT gained weight, have lost 5 pounds, but am exercising and eating by the recommended daily food groups to increase my overall health. I've found that daily strenuous exercise seems to increase the positive effects of this medication too. This is the first medication I've tried for my hormonal emotional dives, and I wish I hadn't waited so long. I really felt guilty resorting to medication, but I had tried everything else for over 10 years including healthy diet, exercise, counseling, psychotherapy, self-help, meditation, prayer, etc. This is the first time in a long time I can say I feel like the normal me again. I h F 42 1 months
11/1/2007

 3  Depression/PPD Lethargy, Extreme Fatigue, Memory loss, Emotional Numbness I started taking Lexapro about a month ago and the first 3 weeks seemed great, I was more calm, my anger issues seemed to disappear. A little tired and weary but nothing major. After about the 4th week I became physically exhausted, and emotionally numb, I don't care about things. My sexual drive is zero and orgasming on this is very very difficult. I'm starting to forget things alot and the last few days I've had moments of complete memory loss. I've contacted my doctor to change to something else, I don't want to up my dosage and have the same issue happen again. Not satisfied. F 28 1.5 months
11/1/2007
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 3  depression/anxiety/panic nervousness/shakiness, occasional "electrical zaps" that so many people report with SSRI's, diahrrea and constipation, the urge to drink more alcohol. Lexapro has helped with my depression, but not so much the anxiety. started at 5mg and am now at 15mg after about a month. doctor wants me to go up to 20mg, but i'm not sure about that. I've taken many ssri's (paxil cr, zoloft, prozac) and this one isn't much different. I've been noticing that the times i was on an ssri, i drank a lot more alcohol than when not on one. Paxil was especially bad in this case. However, lexapro has had no effect on my libido. In fact, it may have increased it. ssri's are notorious for killing one's sex drive but this drug hasn't in my case. M 21 4 weeks
10/31/2007

 2  Depression and anxiety Numbness; mental detachment; flat affect; mild nausea and headache; social withdrawal; total lack of motivation; tremor; increased anxiety especially in the morning Took Lexapro for 5 days. Will not take today. Feel totally withdrawn, flat, no desire to see or talk to anyone. Very "spacey" like a zombie. Want to sit and stare, could sleep all the time. Absolutely no motivation whatsoever. Took this medication for about 6 months almost a year ago and don't remember these side effects; it was pretty effective then for some reason. But not now. F 42 5 days
10/31/2007

 4  Depression, then migraines Very sleepy, some nausea, anorgasmia, headaches, vivid dreams I started on 10 mg after depression set in. I had a full blown panic attack (1st ever) three days into it. Very scary, but my MD kept me on the Lexapro & gave me addt'l meds so I could sleep and ride out the panic. Then things evened out. I was thrilled how I felt. Sleeping better too. But migraines were getting worse. I went to a new neurologist who said Lexapro can help with migraines. He upped my dose to 20 mg. I had four days of a terrible headache. Called and he told me to up my dose to 40 mg! That made me too wiped out (tired) so I cut back to 30 and take it before bed. My migraines are much improved (down from 10-12/mo. to 3-4 per month) and I feel great...except for the anorgasmia. Tough tradeoff but for the time being I'll live with it. F 43 4 months
10/30/2007

 5  anxiety and depression First week: mild nausea. This is virtually eliminated by ramping up the dosage. My full dosage was 10mg, but to avoid feeling nauseated I started at 2.5 mg, then went to 5mg, and finally 10mg over a 2 week period. On weaning off meds after 2 years: I weaned myself off Lexapro 10mg in a little over a month by ramping down my dosage. Only side effect noticed was dizziness throughout the month. Lexapro was a lifesaver for me. I have had GAD since I was a teenager (originally misdiagnosed as asthma), but it was not properly treated until I was 25. I have been on and off Lex twice now and most recently was on it for a full, two-year period. I had NO side effects other than those mentioned when going on and coming off the drug. Absolutely no weight gain or a decrease in libido (although my libido isn't all that great anyway). The longest I seem to be able to go without any medication at all is 6 to 8 months. At that point I start not feeling like myself again. F 30 2 years
10/29/2007

 4  Depression, anxiety Insomnia, sweating, anxiety, fatigue I have been on lexapro just over 3 weeks, and I believe my body is adjusting and the side effects are at a minimum. I was also taking ativan/loreprazm for sleep, and I noticed that my fatigue and depression was worse after I would take the nerve pill. So, I haven't been taking it and just taking the lexapro, and I'm not have as tired or depressed. Read the side effects on the web about it. It helped me sleep, but I think that was the pill that was giving me more of the negative side effects than the lexapro. F 42 3 weeks
10/26/2007
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 5  Anxiety/Depression slight jaw clenching I have only been on this for a few days but I can already feel the effects. I don't seem to be as exhausted after work and I'm not 100% sure it has curbed my appetite but I have noticed that I get full quickly and actually do not finish a meal, which is not at all like me. I hope this side effect lasts! I also feel like I can multi-task better without stressing out. I did notice after taking my first dose I did not sleep well as I tossed and turned every hour on the hour, but yet I did not feel deprived of sleep in the morning where as before I could sleep for 10 hours and still not feel rested. F 37 3 days
10/25/2007

 4  Anxiety/Panic Attacks Feeling high for the first few days, but that went away. Now I feel tired more frequently and I find myself not caring about many things. Very vivid dreams!! Sex drive down sometimes...some depression around the time of my period. Overall this medication has changed my life. I have experienced EXTREME anxiety and panic attacks since junior high and this medication has made them almost completly disappear. Some of the side effects are a little bothersome but in comparison to what I was feeling before they are all worth it 100%! I can acutally live my life with out being in fear all the time. F 18 5 months
10/25/2007

 5  anxiety, panic weight gain, tired, excessive sleeping M 52 10 months
10/24/2007

 5  Panic Attacks, Depression Loss of sex drive; massive weight gain, forgetfulness I would not be here today if it weren't for Lexapro. I took this because I began to have severe panic attacks and issues with depression. I started at 10mg. I went up to 20mg and found I was putting on a lot of weight. There are down sides to it, but this medication helped me through a very, very tough time in my life. F 38 2 years
10/22/2007
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 4  Major Depression; Suicidal ideation Nausea, diarrhea, cramping, fatigue, joint aching, headaches I've been taking this medication since I was 16 for severe depression after wellbutrin did not work for me. I started with 20 mg and had horrible nausea which left in a few weeks, cut down to 10mg this summer and was fine. Then a week ago I went back to 20mg and I've had miserable stomach upset and overall discomfort as if I had the flu. Mood wise, this medication works very well for me and helps keep me from going back to a depressive episode in difficult situations. I would recommend trying it because the side effects do leave and lexapro provides lasting depression relief. F 19 3 years
10/22/2007

 1  Anxiety Dry mouth, decreased appetite not able to have an orgasm. Feeling "numb" while having sex. This is the 1st med I have taken and for me I have not noticed any change in my mood or level of anxiety in 6 week. The side effect of not being able to have an orgasm has made me start to wean off of this medication. F 34 6 weeks
10/22/2007

 1  misdiagnosed mental illness severe nausea. Depression that I've never had before and thoughts of suicide!! I stopped it immediatly and was fine. I had a hospitalization for sever neck pain (injury) from a dystonic reaction to reglan! So I was a little stressed out and freaked out. In the hospital the doctors start the whole "the pain is in your head BS" Well no it wasn't in my head if it was then the muscles wouldn't be hard as a rock and the percoset wouldn't have been needed every four hours. So they give me this lexapro telling me it will help me relax? So relaxing sounds nice so I take it. Never had depression or anxiety or any other mental health problem now all the sudden I want to kill myself-that was a shock so I demanded to be taken off of it-then find out later it was an antidepressant. It caused exactly what it was designed to treat! F 24 5 days
10/19/2007

 5  panic attacks, anxiety, mild depres Nausea for first 3-4 days, inability to concentrate at various times (especially at work), feeling agitated and bored due to loss of concentration, initially decreased libido & difficult to get an erection, takes longer to orgasm. I noticed immediate positive effects after taking the first 10mg tablet - stopped shaking (I used to shake 24x7), after a few days I noticed a reduction in anxiety. Since then I have noticed dramatic improvements every week. No panic attacks yet (and I've had several situations where I would normally). General anxiety way down. Generally in a happier mood, although this hasn't improved mild underlying long-term depression. Lexapro has worked very well for me. M 28 6 weeks
10/17/2007

 4  Anxiety 10Mg...first 2-3 weeks, very tired, spacy. Got over that. Have gained weight @20#'s. Get light headed, eat something and feel better...theres your weight gain. Wierd dreams at night. Was on it for a year, weined off for 3 months, anxiety started coming back...life was better on it. Decided to go back on. Very happy with the drug. Don't have to take Xanax for those "emergencys" anymore. Yes there are some minor side effects..but you have to weigh your options. My life is much better (normal) being on the drug then off. M 30 2 years
10/17/2007

 4  anxiety Initially jaw clenching. Over time weight gain. The Lexapro started working on my anxiety within days. It completely saved me from debilitating panic attacks and insomnia. I worked up to 10mg (had to go slowly because of bad jaw clenching) and stayed there for over a year. I am now down to 5mg. I take it in the morning to reduce chance of insomnia. Never had any tiredness or spaciness on it. I also did not experience serious sexual side effects. The biggest issue has been weight gain. I have to diet in order to maintain my weight and if I stop dieting I gain weight. It's such a drag because otherwise the medication is great. F 43 3 years
10/14/2007

 4  Depression Drowsiness, anorgasmia (which may cause me to add or switch to Welbutrin) Saved my life. Feel good for the first time in 20 years. F 35 15 months
10/14/2007

 1  Depression and GID (MtF) Moderately severe headaches for the first two days. Anorgasmia after three days followed by complete loss of libido after five days. Completely screwed up my sleep, whether I took it in the morning or at night. Unusual feelings of hunger in the mornings. I expect that I might have put on weight had I not had a very predictable diet. General feeling of not being alert, but it's hard to tell whether that was directly caused by the drug itself, or by the loss of sleep. The best thing about this drug for me was coming off it. I cold turkeyed out, had one headache and had my sex life back in two days. I feel more alert, and am sleeping better. I understand that if this drug fixes your depression then it might be worth the side-effects you experience. For me, the side-effects were more than sufficient to cause what it was suposed to aleviate. I gather that many MtF transsexuals feel anxiety about their libido and find the reduction of libido when using this drug to be a benefit. That certainly wasn't the case for me. If you have gender identity issues of any sort, I encourage you to think about the significance of your libido to you and discuss it with your doctor before taking this one. M 47 5 weeks
10/12/2007

 3  depression and anxiety Lethargy and "spaciness" for the first three weeks or so, and some residual lethargy some days; very vivid dreams; yawning; frequent tingling sensations in my scalp that I've never had before; problems achieving orgasm. I have found Lexapro helpful in diminishing anxiety/panic, feelings of sadness/helplessness/hopelessness, and general emotional volatility. It's also helped me get a better night's sleep; sleep disturbance had been a real issue before. I feel myself more on task, and my partner and friends have also noticed a positive change. I would encourage people to stick out the unpleasantness of the first few weeks of taking the drug. But I'd also encourage them to take it in conjunction with cognitive therapy; don't depend on the drug alone. F 46 3 months
10/11/2007

 3  Depression/General Anxiety Disorder Weight gain, jaw clenching, cravings, no sex drive, occasional weeks when I can't seem to get enough sleep, returning depression and suicidal thoughts Back on 3/1/07 I posted a rating of a "5". I'd been on Lexapro for 4 weeks, lost 2 pounds and it seemed to be working ok. Since then I've gained 23 lbs. I've gotten out of a bad relationship as well. There were problems before but they seemed to get worse once I was on the medication. He told me that Lexapro took away my personality and my drive. This is something that I didn't see in myself. I was just happy that it allowed me to get through my day without yelling at anyone. After a few months I felt some of the depression and anxiety coming back. My doctor upped my dosage to 20 mg/day. This seemed to help for a while. But the old feelings returned again and even some thoughts of suicide. I'm very unhappy about the weight gain. Back in 1994 I started taking Zoloft. I took it for about 2 years and subsequently gained 85 pounds. I vowed to never let that happen again. When I stopped taking the Zoloft 40 pound seemed to melt of me and I managed to get rid of anot F 38 8 months
10/11/2007
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 5  Anxiety, Depression Initial nausea for the first few weeks that eventually went away. Slightly drowsy in the afternoon. A snack helps. After being diagnosed with ADD as an adult, I tried taking Aderall, but the results were horrible and my quality of life sharply declined. About two years after that I discussed treating my comorbid anxiety instead. My doctor suggested 10mg Lexapro. I was astounded at the difference it made in every aspect of my life. The world became a good place again. Lexapro did not change who I was, but it helped me to be at ease in my own skin and feel comfortable being myself. I smile more, laugh more, see life in a brighter light. My moderate depression lifted. Side effects are insignificant. F 39 1 years
10/10/2007

 5  Mild Depression mild tiredness, vivid dreams, over talkative, I have had no weight gain, no noticable decrease in libido - (actually may have increased since I'm happier), very vivid dreams. I'm much more talkative, but that may also be because I'm happier finally. Sometimes a "don't care" attitude because I'm happy - so what, kind of attitude. Mild anxiety at times. F 37 4 months
10/10/2007

 4  Grief and Post Trauma Anorgasmia (inability to reach orgasm)and nausea were the two side effects. The ffectiveness was amazing. Within 3 day s the deep pain and sorrow that I have had everyday for more than a year, disappeared. I felt like I was finally back to what I know as normal. However, the side effects I experienced created a big concern for me. F 53 9 days
10/10/2007

 4  depression Very few so far ... I've only been on it a week. It is replacing Celexa, which had completely stopped working. While I am tired and sleepy, I've had this problem on and off for years and it may be the result of painkillers I'm currently taking. No insomnia, no other side effects. I will have to watch for the weight gain, as I'm already heavy and can't afford to gain more. This is REALLY working for me after I've had poop-out syndrom with lots of other antidepressants. I'm with the person who said that people SHOULD NOT tell others not to take this drug. As with any drug, the side-effects vary widely, from virtually none (me) to very severe ones. My side-effects on Wellbutrin were so severe I had to stop very quickly, yet most people seem to do pretty well on it. Don't try to judge for others what drugs they should take. Leave that up the person and her doctor, please. F 48 12 days
10/9/2007

 5  inabiity to be in the house?? Itching, but I didn't know it was a side effect so I went on the site to check. My husband walked out with no warning after an extensive marriage. I couldn't be in the house. This medicine saved my life!!! I take it with welbutrin which I was on for a while just to moderate anxiety. It has been a year. I might have gained weight but I am now ready to take that on. I am alone and don't know how I would ever have survived without it. I guess that is what medication is for. Maybe I will try some claritan for the itching. I tried to go off it after six months but was crying again. I have had therapy and should try again at some point, but I am level, love my home, can laugh and cry, appropriately. I can't tell you about the libido part because that has not been a part of my worries this year. I take 10 mg. I must repeat, it saved my life. F 55 1 years
10/7/2007

 3  Anxiety and quick temper I am still evaluating lexapro. While it has improved my anxiety and quick temper, I have been dealing with headaches and memory loss. For me, I am not sure the trade off is worth it! F 41 2 months
10/7/2007

 4  Bipolar Start up side effects was while tapering off Paxil. ONLY way I could get off Paxil (THAT one is a PAIN to get off). So start up was simultaneous with drawdown from Paxil and was very easy. Long term effects - headaches, nausea, vertigo. Lexapro has been good for me but its getting to the point where I have to hibernate when the headache/nausea/vertigo kick in and its using up alot of my sick leave. So I guess I'll have to try another anti-depressant. Bummer. It did the job - the side effects are just starting to outweigh the benefits... F 42 2 years
10/6/2007

 1  Depression severe nausa, stomach pain, dizzy, lathargic, no motivation, exteremly dialated pupils How does anyone survive 2 weeks with side effects? I would rather be depressed!!!! I stopped taking after 3 doses and felt horrid for about 48 hrs F 44 3 days
10/6/2007

 3  MDD/Anxiety Constant dull headache, don't feel all-together, no emotion, trouble sleeping, jaws are sore, nausea, eyes sensitive to light (due to headache) This is my 3rd day taking Lexapro. I had to call my doctor this morning because the side-effects are way too intense. I started on 10mg; tomorrow I'll cut back to 5mg. I haven't been able to function properly at work...I just stare at my computer screen. The first day I took Lexapro, I couldn't sleep. The second day I did fall asleep, but it wasn't restful sleep. I did have a dream, but it was typical...no vivid dreams yet. I did look in the mirror this morning and thought, "Hey, I'm pretty." So, I know SOMETHING is working... F 29 3 days
10/5/2007

 1  Depression Nausea, dizziness, mild hallucinations, felt spacey, leg cramps, my teeth felt like they were made of metal, throat tightened, shakiness. You probably won't feel depressed, because you are too worried about what is happening to you physically! I took the first pill at 8am with some breakfast. At 9:15 (in the middle of a business meeting) it kicked in. I felt hot, dizzy and very sick. I had to leave the room. Felt better in an hour, but basically felt like I was on acid the rest of the day (and not in a fun way). It is now the next morning and I still feel wierd. It is not fun and I have never felt this way off of one pill. Not sure if this is normal. Felt very much like my body was trying to reject the drug. I am never taking it again. I have been on other antidepressants and never felt this bad. F 28 1 days
10/5/2007

 5  Anxiety, Panic Attacks Some watery stools and then the opposite, so I guess IBS symptoms. Left pupil is dialated more than right on several mornings upon awakening. And, then some night sweating, but not profusely. Anorgasmia problems, but not entirely. I still get anxious once in a while. started at 10 mg, on the 4th day, I rose with the "Hello World" it's me feeling. I told my doctor all was good, but still had some anxiety after 2 weeks, he increased me to 20 mg. I felt a bit numb, so went back down to 10 mg after another week or two. Then, the anxiety started coming back, so I upped it to 15 mg myself with a pill slicer. Doctor not happy about it, but it's the perfect dose for me. I still have some breakthrough anxiety. I take half of a .25 xanax one to three times per day, and I am finally after 4 years able and confident that I can function nearly normally through work. I Love this drug. It was first offered to me 4 years ago, but for some reason, I was mediphobic after my panic attacks started. I think my anxiety is a result of years of taking DHEA at a 25 mg dose, over the counter, but no doctor has supported that theory. Who knows, I feel way better. M 40 2.5 months
10/4/2007
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10/2/2007

 3  GAD,OCD,severe panic attacks & depr beginning:nausea,yawning. withdraw effects:nausea,vomiting,brain zaps,tremors,loss of feeling in hands & face,muscle cramping,vertigo,I couldn't move or watch tv or talk for 3 weeks. shear HELL!! Only take this med if you have extreme symptoms! if you have mild forms of anxiety this is not for you! this works great at first, but over time anxiety returns, I became emotionally "flat"& slept 13-15 hrs.& still felt like crap all day. I completely lost my libido, & actually felt much more depressed & unmotivated than before this med. I had to constantly increase dosages over time & it did nothing for me.the side effects were much worse than the treatment. the first year great! then down hill. I just hope that others are warned of the severe side effects that I wasn't!just make sure you get a doc that REALLY cares! if anyone shares my symptoms & have found a med that works & doesn't have these harsh side effects!? please email me! I need help! F 25 21 months
10/2/2007
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 4  anxiety Since starting the Lexapro diet about 1.5 yrs ago, my mood is better and I am much more relaxed. Before I was very short tempered and could not sit still for 10 min. at a time. My family is very happy I am taking this prescription. Side Effects: I have gained 25 lbs. I have severe restless leg syndrome. Very little sex drive and I sweat a lot. M 39 1.5 years
10/1/2007

 1  Depression Insomnia, irregular heartbeat, anxiety times 1000, suicidal depression I'm in serious pain right now. I'm about to go to the hospital cause this drug is killing me. If I survive I'll write another comment. Please don't take it! M 38 5 days
10/1/2007

 4  Depression/General Anxiety Sleepiness,Weight Gain,Decreased sexual desire. I took Lexapro for a little over a year and it helped a lot for about the first 10-12 months. After that I noticed I was having a hard time getting motivated in the morning and was sleepy on and off throughout the day. I still felt much better than i had though. The weight gain was what did it for me. I think I gained about 20 pounds and couldnt take it anymore so I started to ween myself off of it. That wasn't to bad it only took a few weeks and being off of it I still felt good so maybe I didnt need to take it anymore. A year and half later Im feeling depressed again and Im thinking about going back on it along with talking to a professional. F 27 15 days
9/30/2007

 4  general anxiety disorder none I have been on 10mg for a year since panic attacks started after the death of my son. Just recently I had my first panic attack in 11mos...out of nowhere. I upped my dosage on my own (I'll tell the doc next week) to 15mg and am considering adding L-theanine to my daily routine. I like it; I haven't noticed any side effects, but perhaps that is b/c I was only on 10mg? F 33 1 years
9/29/2007

 1  Depression None. Unfortunately, this medication did absolutely nothing for me. I took the recommended dosage for around 4 months, and felt no changes whatsoever. Don't let this discourage you though, as I've had to try a lot of different med cocktails to satisfy my wrecked brain... F 20 4 months
9/29/2007

 5  Anxiety and Depression during chemo Slight headache lasted 3-4 days, loss of appetite lasted about 1 1/2 weeks. Morning sleepiness lasted 3-4 days as well. Insomnia when taken at night. Switched to morning dosing. Some insomnia problems still, but I attribute those more to some of the chemotherapy drugs than to the Lexapro Being diagnosed with Cancer and facing 6 months of chemotherapy has been overwhelming for me. Dr. originally tried Paxil which made me violently ill. We moved on to Zoloft which was not as bad as the Paxil, but still kept me up at night vomiting. As a last resort, we tried the Lexapro and I had zero nausea. The other side effects listed above were minimal and went away within a few days. Took about 2 weeks to "kick in", but I'm feeling so much calmer and positive. Lexapro is giving me the strength I need to face my battle with cancer. In fact, in some ways my mood is better than it has been in years. I may have needed this stuff long ago! F 44 2 weeks
9/28/2007

 1  anxiety First week - started off a bit stoned then nauseous when coming down, increased body temperature, sweating, shaking, headache. Next few weeks - sex died, feel spacey, a bit of an ADD effect, dry mouth, tired ALL the time, mild headache, feel NO emotion except anger. bad mood and angry all the time. bad impact on relationship. This is some BAD stuff. I had simply asked for something to help a bit with anxiety so they put me on 10mg a day. Just wanted something to help with it and the result was a complete change in personality. I couldn't feel happy, sad, anxious. Emotions completely died... not to mention my sex drive. Could still feel anger though. Oh yes, became VERY angry ALL THE TIME and I'm normally very good natured. Definitely don't take, it has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect. M 26 1 months
9/28/2007
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 4  Depression, OCD, GAD nausea, increased anxiousness (temporary) I began taking Lexapro two days ago for my anxiety. The side effects so far are not significant, and I'm already feeling a noticeable improvement in my mood. M 18 2 days
9/26/2007

 4  anxiety/depression Initial-brain zaps, headache, fatigue: all went away after 2 weeks Later-Weight gain This drug worked very well for anxiety and mild depression. If you can tough it out for the first couple of weeks with the side effects...it is worth it. Really quite amazing. I was actually able to overcome a long-standing fear of flying. I have gained weight that I have been unable to lose with diet/exercise. I have discontinued my daily 10 mg dose to see if I can lose the weight. I did not have any withdrawal side effects. F 48 2 years
9/26/2007

 4  anxiety, mood-disorder, depression The best thing I can say about Lexapro is that OTHERS have noticed the change in before I did!! I started taking Lexapro at night in case it would make me drowsy. Had quite the opposite effect and it gave me insomnia, but I've had trouble sleeping on and off for quite some time. Decided to give it a few more days before taking it in the morning. After about a week, the insomnia went away. I've noticed that I dont fly off the handle like before. I'm able to handle stress better. My severe mood swings have improved alot!! F 26 1 months
9/25/2007

 1  depression/anxiety SCARY!!! paranoia, sweating, burning sensation all over body, horrible panic attack(worse than I ever had), and Insomnia I want to try taking this again, to get past the symptoms, but I am terrified. F 23 1 days
9/25/2007

 1  Anxiety Long-term complete loss of sex life, sleep disturbances, tired and spacey all the time, personality changes (anger, irritability), weight gain I lost my libido on Lexapro five years ago and it has never come back. That alone should make you want to steer clear of this one. It also made just about everything that might affect my anxiety worse (see side effect list), and ironically, though I was not depressed when I began taking it, its effects on my life made me so. F 23 9 months
9/23/2007

 4  Major depression and suicidal Dry mouth, some sleepiness and excessive yawning This has been a god send for me. Before I was barely functional and honestly might not be here. Any side effects were , for me, tolerable compared to the benefits. They pretty much disappeared after two weeks or so. F 38 2 years
9/22/2007

 2  depression Wonder drug for several months--then downhill Was on Zoloft for 5 1/2 yrs-then to Lexapro. It was GREAT! I felt normal & happy. But then I was sleepy so I started taking it at bedtime. I could sleep for 10-12 hours. Then I couldn't sleep very long at all-a couple of hours/night. FORGETFULNESS is a real problem. I have WEIGHT GAIN. Told the doctor, that I wasn't sure it was working for me...increased to 20 mg. I have been having JOINT PAIN that must be a side effect. I am having those paralyzing thoughts again "that I can't do anything right" etc. I went back to 10 mg. I go back to the doctor in a month or less. I need something else. F 43 1 years
9/22/2007

 2  Major Depression Mania, decreased sexual drive, inability to achieve orgasm, dry mouth, insomnia, tremors SSRI's can trigger mania in people with major depression that are actually bipolar. I found out I was bipolar after taking Lexapro for a week. I was consequently hospitalized for four days. The research I've done seems to suggest that no other SSRI is as likely to trigger a manic episode as Lexapro, and I had taken Paxil and Prozac before it. Since the SSRIs are mostly the same and Lexapro is known for such extreme sexual side effects, it makes more sense to just take Wellbutrin and avoid the sexual side effects and chance of mania or insomnia. M 22 1 weeks
9/21/2007

 1  Mother Was Taking For Depression VERY spaced-out acting, complained of digestive problems (nausea, diarrhea, etc.), social withdrawal, paranoia, not acting like "herself". PATIENTS TAKE WARNING: THINK SERIOUSLY BEFORE YOU TAKE THIS STUFF...IT CAN DO VERY BAD THINGS TO YOU PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY! Around a month ago, my 63 yr. old Mom had just been weaned off from Cymbalta and placed on Lexapro for depression. She had a long history of Mental Illness, including psychotic episodes, deep depressions, suicidal feelings, hearing voices, etc. She was doing reasonably well, except for a bit of depression and some insomnia probably caused by the Cymbalta. Long story short--she got REALLY spacey and weird on the Lexapro (see side effects that I listed)--and on Sept. 3 she got one of my Dad's guns and committed suicide. If I had only known how she was REALLY feeling, I would've insisted that she check into the hospital... I repeat: BEWARE of this drug! F 43 3 weeks
9/21/2007
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 4  depression Dizziness. Dry mouth. Yawning. All left after a couple of weeks. Erectile disfunction. Inability to orgasm. Lack of sexual desire. 2 months now and so far so good. Lexapro has certainly lifted my mood and allowed me to think clearly and comfortably. It's also got me more motivated,out of my chair and into some mild exercise. I intend to stay on it for a while. The only side effect that's really concerned me is the sexual one. However the inability to orgasm has been addressed by use of a prostate massager which works well despite being embarrassing. I'm slowly beginning to have erections again so I expect that eventually the orgasm inability will resolve itself. Another reviewer above mentioned in his case it took several months. I began with ten and moved to twenty after a month. I don't intend to escalate. I'll report again at 6 months. M 52 2 months
9/20/2007

 3  General Anxiety and Depression Over the course of six months I still experience trouble falling and staying asleep, severe jaw clenching, low libido, difficulty achieving orgasm, and lethargy. I did not have any of these problems prior to taking Lexapro. I have also gained 25 pounds while on Lexapro and I hike 8 hours a day for my job. The weight gain is not natural-it has to be due to the drug. I'm am starting to wean myself off Lexapro this week. Hopefully it won't be horrible. It did help me with my mild anxiety, but the side effects are now too great. Depression has increased because I can't fit into my clothes and feel unattractive. Hopefully I will be able to take this extra weight off after I stop taking Lexapro. F 25 6 months
9/20/2007
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 4  Significant stress, sleeplessness Clenching jaw after three weeks I have been taking Lexapro for almost a month and so far it has taken the edge off my feelings of being stressed all the time. But I realize now the only answer to my problems is to make a change in my life. F 54 27 days
9/19/2007

 1  Anxiety Extreme nausea and vomiting about 2 hours after taking my first (and only) 10 mg dose. The nausea subsided, but 5 hours later I still feel dazed, dizzy, blurred vision, inability to focus mentally, and cold flashes. I would not recommend that anyone with a sensitive constitution take this medication. The side effects are much too awful. M 40 1 days
9/18/2007

 5  severe depression and anxiety In the first month or so of taking it I had "tired days" where I couldn't stop sleeping but this really wasnt much different from when I was depressed. Also, I have continually had dry mouth and some weight gain. Overall, BEST I have felt in my whole life. I would just like to say to the people that tell others to not take this medication that you are SEVERELY impacting how others may get treatment. Go to a psychiatrist that will truly evaluate your situation and if this medication doesn't work then keep trying until something does. I would be dead now if my doctor hadn't put me on lexapro. The side effects are well worth being alive today! They were never severe enough for me to quit taking this medication. Also, it takes two weeks for lexapro to build up in your system so you need to give it time. I am just so irritated by people who use there scare tactics so that someone else won't use a particular medication. Its that attitude that keeps others from getting the help THEY NEED! Every medication has SIDE EFFECTS! Aspirin HAS SIDE EFFECTS!!!! So please weigh the good with the bad before just reading these comments and getting so scared that you lock yourself in your house and dont get the help you need... F 20 6 years
9/16/2007

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