Drug Ratings for LEXAPRO

Average Rating: 3.2 (1797 Ratings)

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 4  anxiety, mild depression Nothing too note worthy for the first four years, but this past year I have had unbelievable sleepiness, weight gain and forgetfulness. I was moved on to Lexapro when Celexa stopped working for me - it seemed to be really grand, and I had no idea about the dependency issues at the time or how difficult it might be to leave it. Worked my way from 20 to 30 mg over the years, always at night because it makes me drowsy (and I had insomnia, so perfect!) But this past year I have experienced near narcopleptic sleepiness, short-term memory loss and weight gain of 20 lbs. Am transitioning off the Lexapro and on to Wellbutrin now, and it's freaky! Cracked out one minute, sleepy the next. Is this the phasing out of the Lex or beginning of the Well? Can't say. Lexapro is better than trying to live with anxiety attacks, but I wish I had known more about it getting started. F 36 5 years
11/22/2007

 4  Severe depression/ PTSD/ anger Jaw tremors, anxiety at first, tired a lot, SWEATING! The worst: lowered sex drive. I love this drug but I do notice that I get sweaty more and my sex drive always goes down no matter what SSRI I take. But without this drug my mood swings are so bad! Used to be suicidal for five years on/off. I used to be a "cutter" also. I still have a lot of body dismorphic disorder problems while taking this drug but I really like lexapro. I only take 5 mg because if I was to take more I feel like a zombie. I hate having to depend on meds but I have gotten in trouble with the law because of my anger issues (I black out when I go in a "rage") I have taken Lexapro on and off for three years. Whenever I feel better I think it's ok to go off it but then all HELL breaks lose. It's great everyone here is taking care of yourself! love you all! happy thanksgiving. F 26 2 months
11/21/2007
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 5  depression, anxiety Sweating at night. Initial weight gain, but have since lost it. Other than an initial difficulty reaching orgasm I've had no problems achieving orgasm after the first 4-6 weeks of being on Lexapro. I feel so much better emotionally and physically than I did when I was on Celexa. I've gotten back to exercising and enjoying my life in ways that I haven't been able to for years. Thank you! F 47 3 years
11/20/2007

 1  schizo affective/ depression dry mouth, flat feelings, increased appetite, gaining 50lbs over the course of 9 months, sleeping all day, always thinking about a nap, suicidal thinking dont take this drug! it makes you feel like nothing and worthless! I attempted 4 suicides while taking this medicine!also, gained 50lbs!!! but with this drug i also took invega, which is bad, and haldol, which is the worst drug to exist!dont ever take those combination of drugs! F 16 9 months
11/20/2007

 4  Depression Initially extreme fatigue but that was gone within the first two weeks. I've been on 20 mg for 3 1/2 years now and I've gained 30 pounds in that time. I've never had a weight problem in my life and now I'm FAT. I've been down to 10 mg for 6 weeks now and haven't lost any weight but my moods are still stable. I want to get completely off of it to lose weight as nothing else seems to get it off. Literally changed my life. I've been on a ton of different anti-depressants for the last 15 years and this is the first one that treated my symptoms of irritability and agitation. I never even knew those symptoms were from my depression, just thought I was a "you know what". I feel like I have to chose between being fat or being patient and nice. Hard decision. F 39 3 years
11/17/2007

 4  Anxiety Weight gain, severe jaw clenching, decreased libido Of all the SSRI's I've tried, Lexapro makes me feel the most like myself. It takes away the edge but doesn't overpower your emotional state and make you feel like a "zombie." However, I have severe jaw pain, and my hugest problem of all is WEIGHT GAIN! To be fair, my diet has not been phenomenal, but over these past years on it, I have gained 35 pounds. This is what did me in, and I am considering stopping taking it because of that. Since side effects differ, I would recommend trying it if your doctor suggests it. It has worked wonders for me mentally, and has helped me through very rough times and huge decisions. F 21 3 years
11/16/2007

 2  depression major anxiety, shakiness, inability to think, heart pounding, nauseousness, crying, irrational, loss of appetite I am being treated for anorexia and depression and I feel just awful on this medication. I never have anxiety attacks like this. F 32 4 days
11/16/2007

 3  Depression / Anxiety after Katrina Lightheadness, nausea, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, weight loss/gain, severe decrease in sex drive, unusual panic attacks In the beginning I was glad to be on Lexapro because it helped me deal with day to day life (losing everything, living in an area where a working streetlight would've been a "luxury", etc..) but I started to notice effects wearing off so my doctor upped my dosage from 5 mg to 10 mg. I've noticed increased sweating, a "spacey" feeling where I can just zone out when someone's talking to me, it makes me irritable and angry at times, and within the past year I've had unusual "panic attacks". When these episodes happen I get lightheaded, sweat, ringing in my ears, and blurred vision, my heart will pound then slow down quickly. It's very strange and doctor's don't seem to know what is causing it (They've run numerous tests). My sex drive has literally become non-existant and I have only been able to have one orgasm in 2 years since I started taking this medication in September of 2005. I'm seriously considering getting off of the medication altogether, but I'm w F 25 2 years
11/15/2007
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 4  social anxiety, depression, OCD Tingly sensations all over, yawning a lot for the first few weeks, dilated pupils for the first two weeks, some insomnia, feeling tired throughout the day. The side effects weren't too bad but by far the worst one is loss of libido and difficulty achieving orgasm I started to improve a lot when I went onto 20mg, I felt a lot happier in myself and more relaxed but a bit less motivated and less energetic, found it difficult getting up in the mornings and found it hard making myself get round to doing my studies, felt a bit lazier about things. Less worrying and thinking. I love the 20mg, I wish I could stay on it but I'm trying to ease of because of the sexual side effects, I really miss my libido, which feels almost non-existent on this. I'm mixing 10mg with 20mg right now and I've felt some withdrawal symptoms: insomnia has come back, a couple of headaches, tingly sensations have come back, weird dreams, a bit of depression, worrying coming back, was really emotional on one of the days and couldn't stop crying but hopefully it'll all balance out again. It's helped me loads, just hope I can keep it up once I've stopped it. F 20 1 years
11/14/2007

 5  Depression and Anxiety Initially I had many problems with hot flashes, muscle cramps, and insomnia at night, and a zoned-out feeling during the day. Also had the annoying dry-mouth syndrome, and some degree of anorgasmia. I dealt with the side effects by starting at 2.5 mg per day and ramping up slowly. Every time I increased the dosage, the side effects would return, and take a week or two to gradually fade away. But I have now been side-effect-free on 15 mg for around 3 months. This is great stuff except for the initial side-effects. And they went away, so I can't complain. I no longer have a "short fuse" with my family. I feel more confident and have the "mental energy" to get things done. It did not change my personality, just enabled me to deal with life much more productively. Also should mention that I have not had any weight gain as a result of this drug. F 48 6 months
11/13/2007

 5  depression, GAD, OCD Strange, vivid dreams. Also, a good side effect of making cigarettes taste really bad! I was a prisoner in my home, having panic attacks just getting my newspaper in the morning. Within a week of starting Lexapro, the panic attacks stopped, and like others I've seen here, I began to feel like "my old self". It's 2 months later, and I'm out driving, I started a class at the rec center for my arthritis, and I've been able to get off of all the depression inducing pain medication. This stuff pretty much saved me. F 42 2 months
11/12/2007

 4  Depression, mild anxiety Sleepiness I've been taking 20mg Lexapro for three days now. Overall, I feel a little better. I've been getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, whereas before, I would sleep all day. I don't have any other side effects other than sleepiness during the day. M 22 3 days
11/12/2007

 3  Anxiety Sleepiness It made me not care about things that I SHOULD care about. Perhaps it is not the right medication for me. I was also sleepy ALL THE TIME and lost my desire to work out which was my favorite activity at the time. F 38 120 days
11/12/2007

 5  Major depression/suicial thoughts/a Vivid dreams. Short-term headaches while increasing dose or when doses are missed. I had taken Zoloft for two years but discontinued it when I thought it was no longer needed. Within 6 mos I developed an "agitated depression" with episodes of extreme anger, sadness and anxiety. Within two days of beginning Lexapro 10 mg I was no longer suicidal. I continued to improve with no nausea or diarrhea as I had experienced when initiating treatment with Zoloft. Within a year stressful life events again caused me to become suicidal, so I began psychotherapy and increased my Lexapro to 15 mg daily. I still feel sad and suicidal occasionally, but I have improved a great deal. I gained 20 lbs while taking Zoloft, but I have lost 15 lbs from dieting while on Lexapro. F 57 2 years
11/11/2007

 4  GAD, mild depression For the first week, I had a very difficult time sleeping. A few nights I would wake up with night terrors. Luckily, my sleep returned to normal after about a week. Overall, this medicine has greatly improved my life. I am no longer having panic attacks, and I have a much more positive outlook on life. I would definitely recommend lexapro for anyone going through a difficult, stressful time. F 23 1 days
11/11/2007

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11/10/2007

 1  depression weight gain; tired all the time; didn't help my depression; smiling was a chore; major decrease in libido I was on this drug for 2 years. It did not help me at all. As a matter of fact, I think it made me worse. I gained 15-20 pounds in the 2 yrs on this, and felt like eating all the time. Wanted to sleep all the time, or too tired to motivate myself for anything. I switched to wellbutrin xl, and my life changed. I felt alive again, began losing wt, experienced major increase in libido. The side effects of weaning off lexapro are AWFUL! I was nauseated, extremely dizzy for 2 weeks. My brain felt like it was zapping all the time during the weaning process. It was like a poison to my body. This drug is not for everyone. F 41 2 years
11/10/2007

 5  anxiety No side effects. Any decrease in sex drive can easily be blamed on 3 children! My children call my Lexapro "Mom's happy pills"! I am a better person and a better parent on this medication. It just seems to take the edge off of situations that used to send me over the edge. I understand everyone reacts differently to medication, but this medication has been a blessing to me! F 38 4 years
11/7/2007

 5  Severe clinical depression None that I remember I had been on several other SSRIs before using Lexapro. With them, they either didn't work well or began to lose effectiveness over a long period of time. I was always yo-yoing up and down. With Lexapro, I feel very stable and do not have any shift in mood. If you were to chart my mood, it would be very constant in the midrange. However, I still experience "normal" emotional highs and lows. I consider it the best SSRI I have ever taken. F 50 5 years
11/7/2007

 4  GAD Jaw clinching,anxitey at first but whent away,mental fuzz at first whent away,increased iching i have been takeing lexapro for about 7weeks and it has taken my anxitey completly away and has made me happy but the first 3 or 4 week was bad i had anxitey and panic attaks and felt mentally strange but after the first 2 or 3 weeks it was ok i feel great i am haveing a life with my daughter and my old lady has seen a change in me i am like i was before i had the anxitey BUT everybody reacts differnt so dont look at all the comments and think that u will have the same exprience M 26 7 weeks
11/7/2007
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 4  Anxiety Took a few weeks to get used to, excellent results after that! The change was so gradual that I didn't even notice it happening. A few weeks after starting it one of my friends mentioned how much more relaxed and happier I seemed (she didn't know I was taking anything). The only negative side effect I've had is a decrease in sex drive. For me it's worth it. F 23 1.5 years
11/7/2007

 5  depression,G.A.D. slight dry mouth,decreasd orgasm started on 10mg with no results.dr increased it 20mg and i feel like i did when i was a kid!!!carefree,dont worry about every single thing,dont cry every day,laugh when something is funny.i have lots more energy and have not put on any weight!!!thank-you GOD!!!!! F 45 6 days
11/5/2007

 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

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