Drug Ratings for LEXAPRO

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 5  Anxiety and Panic Disorder F 41
10 1X D
10/20/2010


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 1  for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Shaking sweating nausea lightheaded/ dizziness breathing problems tingling and burning sensations all over panic attacks thoughts of suicide thinking of ways to commit suicide wanting to die so I dont feel the side effects anymore. I called my doctor today and he changed me from Lexapro to Celexa and also put me on Xanax for emergency use.. I DO NOT suggest Lexapro to ANYONE EVER! It's a horrible drug. I got zero benefits from it. F 22 5 days
10 MG 1X D
10/20/2010

 1  Depression Within 20 minutes of just one dose I had a racing heart with an irregular heart rate, sweating, freezing cold but my skin was itching and burning, trembling violently, agitated, pacing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, EXTREME anxiety that I can not begin to describe, unlike anything I've ever experienced. The best I can explain it is if there is such a place as hell then I know what it feels like. The effect was so profoundly disturbing I wanted immediate relief from it and due to the drugs rapid and dramatic effect I was unable to think clearly, I was not in control of my actions, the only solution I could see was to jump off the balcony. It literally drove me mad and to suicide. Had I not had urgent intervention within 1/2 an hour of taking Lexapro I would have been dead. This had never happened to me before and has not happened since. I had only been suffering mild situational depression, was not unhappy with my life, did not have a history of violence, self harm or suicide attemp ***THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DRUG*** If your doctor if flippant in prescribing this drug, will not adequately address your concerns or cannot guarantee your safety while trialing treatment find another doctor. Personally I feel the incidence of Lexapro suicide is under reported (blamed on depression and mental illness) this drug should be withdrawn. F 36 1 days
10 1X D
10/17/2010
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 5   all side effects passed after about one month. Anxiety, loss of appetite, constant "full" feeling, feeling like there was a lump in my throat, some trouble sleeping, some trouble reaching orgasm. I started on Lexapro for a sudden flare up of anxiety and depression. After being on it for three months, I am finding that I may have been having the anxiety and depression for longer than I thought. I feel better than I have in years. I can focus more, I am more active, and I look forward to social settings that I was starting to view as unwanted before the medication. The adjustment period for this drug was tough, but ultimately I am very satisfied with the results now that my body has adapted to the medication. If you are in the first six weeks, really try to ride it out as the bad days during this period were really bad. The anxiety during the adjustment period was constant but minimal. The loss of appetite and 'full' feeling were the worst - including feeling like I had a permanent lump in my throat, just below the adams apple. There was some trouble sleeping early on, but this passed within a few days. Dreams are more vivid (and continue to be) and feel more real than in the past - although they tend to be dreams of just everyday occurrences - nothing freaky. An example is dreaming that I took the garbage out, and later in the day having to go check the trash to see if I really did take it out, because the dream memory felt like a real memory, and I remembered every detail. I did have some trouble reaching orgasm, but ultimately got there with a little more work than usual. This has passed as well - I feel like I am lasting longer than in the past, but not to th M 32 3 months
10 mg 1X D
10/16/2010

 3  Depression, panic disorder, anxiety Increased loss of libido, worse than other SSRIs. Slightly tired. Otherwise nothing else at first. Now: tired, sleeping constantly, abnormal sleep pattern (sleep disorder), loss of interest in everything, awake during the day now due to Nuvigil but still find it difficult to do or care about anything. I've taken and gotten used to every antidepressant out there since I was 19. Lexapro did what I needed it to do while I was in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (I also had BPD, now only fit one criteria). I believe I was on 20mg at the time. Also on Seroquel, it helped me "maintain". Not happy, not depressed, never got excited about anything. Just calm and even. Exactly what I needed at the time. Slept a lot- 10 hrs-12hrs/day some days. Got to be a big problem after 6yrs.My psychiatrist told me I was depressed, I told her it was because I slept all day. She increased my Lexapro to 40mg. I slept 18-20hrs/day and was depressed for doing so. Now on Nuvigil plus a low dose of adderall for med-induced ADD, I still can't get myself to do anything. My place is a mess and I care but don't. The only emotion I feel is frustration over the lack of emotion and interest in my art. I will start to go off Lexapro in a week and a half by 5mg increments weekly. All supervised by my psychiatrist and supplemented by a DBT trained therapist and my books on mindfulness, anger, and how the emotions work by Thich Nhat Hanh. Lexapro was great for me while it was needed. My body and mind are simply telling me I don't need Lexapro anymore. F 39 10 years
40mg 1X D
10/15/2010

 5  GAD, mild depression Lethargy, some weight loss After many years, I finally felt happy again and looked forward to getting up every morning and experiencing what life had to offer. My worry and anxiety were completely gone. I actually wanted to handle things because I knew I COULD without anxiety. I think it greatly improved my self esteem and confidence also. I felt in control of my life and my future. I had to quit taking it because I couldn't afford it, but am starting back next month since my new insurance pays for it. The only negative effect was lethargy, which improved after the first month, but never completely subsided. F 40 6 months
10mg 1X D
10/11/2010
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 2  anxiety Weight gain, near absence of libido, foggy thinking, anger, paranoia, depression(!) I was put on Lexapro to replace Effexor which wasn't working. For me, Lexapro was much better than Effexor for anxiety, although I continued feeling anxious from time to time. After some time I also started feeling depressed, on top of the absent sex drive, and still-present anxiety. Later I became angry, paranoid at times, and foggy headed. I gained weight that I couldn’t lose. Another doctor suggested I get of SSRI's due to the sex problem. He suggested Welbutrin, although I tried Nefazodone first because of anxiety concerns with Welbutrin. It took three months to get off Lexapro, but once off it I couldn't believe how much better I started feeling. The depression vanished, my anxiety has all but disappeared, and my sex drive has started making a comeback (pun intended). I lost 20 pounds easily. I have a much better outlook on life than I have in a good long while. I don’t feel “drugged” at all being on Nefazodone. Sadly, I didn't realize how crappy I was feeling until I got off the Lexapro and onto the Nefazodone. While Nefazodone isn't perfect, it's pretty amazing. Some people swear by Lexapro, but I can't claim to be one of them. All I can say is "be careful," and keep an eye on how you're feeling. Antidepresants shouldn't make you feel depressed. M 49 7 years
20 1X D
10/10/2010

 3   sexual side effects even though taking small amount in combination with wellbutrin - the sexual side effects will likely mean when I go back to doctor I will try something else. It helps with my OCD thought cycles and helps with anxiety - but it kills my body's sexual response. F 60 30 days
5mg 1X D
10/9/2010

 5  panic attacks/anxiety lower sex drive which I've always had so not sure if thats what its from and I tend to have a hard time waking up in the morning, I advise taking this at night, other than that no other problems. I hate negative feedback, do I want to eventually go off this drug? Sure. I asked my doctor who replied WHY? aren't you feeling better? "Yes" i replied I can now go anywhere and not have panic attacks. People take meds for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. so what's the difference. Why would I want to have panic attacks again? I'm sure I'll eventually try to go off and have withdrawal symptoms which arent as bad as everyone seems to put on here, if you do it correctly, but for now I'm enjoying my life, panic free! F 48 6 years
5mg 1X D
10/8/2010
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 5  GAD, agoraphobia Minor-increased agitation and burning in chest when medicine is wearing off, tiredness Great drug! The side effects are mild and being able to breathe again normally and drive places by myself have been worth it. F 41 5 years
20 mg 1X D
10/4/2010

 3  Anxiety and depression CAUSE DRY EYES AND NON STOP CHATTERING OF MY TEETH WHEN MY PSYCHIATRIST INCREASED MY DOSE FRO 10MG TO 20MG. HELPED WITH MY ANXIETY ATTACK BUT NOT WITH MY INSOMNIA.I'M THINKING ABOUT GETTING OFF THOS MEDICATION.THE RISK OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFITS. M 51 6 weeks
1X D
10/4/2010

 1  Depression Nausea, Blurred Vision, 3 to 5 hours sleep, Suicidal Thoughts Be careful with this medication. This was my first anti-depressant medication. Very scary drug. I was unable to sleep, had blurred vision, and felt sick to my stomach. Unable to eat anything significant for the 3 days. While driving to a friends house crazy thoughts kept happening. Stopped the drug after 2 days and next day was feeling better. Would not have been able to work (software developer) if attempting this drug during work week. Currently on Nortriptyline which seems to help. M 50 2 days
10mg 1X D
10/4/2010

 4  Depression/Anxiety When I first started taking lexapro, I took it in the morning. I noticed I was barely able to keep my eyes open throughout the day. My Dr told me to start taking it at night so I did so. It definitely helped me go to sleep at night. Before I took the pill, I would stay up all night with racing thoughts and paranoia that someone was going to break into my house. Lexapro definitely helped with the paranoia and random panic attacks. Lexapro is a wonderful anti-depressant and anxiety medication but I felt as if I was a walking zombie most of the time. The BIGGEST and WORST side effect was that I COMPLETELY lost my sex drive. It would take me FOREVER to achieve orgasm and when I would, I wouldn't even feel it! I decided it was at that time that I needed to switch medications. My Dr said every anti-depressant works differently for each individual and I believe that is true. Just because it wasn't right for me, doesn't mean it won't be right for you. Good luck! No sex drive or be depressed with anxiety? Hmmm... F 25 3 months
20 1X D
10/3/2010

 5  Anxiety None I had to come back and write about my experience with Lexapro after reading this discussion board and worrying about what might happen after taking it. I decided to start very gradually (2.5 mg) and I felt a difference immediately. Basically all this drug does is stop your worrisome thoughts from becoming larger anxious ruminations. You still have the thoughts, theyre just not as big a deal. Remember, there are millions of people taking this drug. You can't base your impression of it on 500 people who had side effects that troubled them. Do what I did. Start with a very low dose, see how you feel and take it from there. What do you have to lose? Half a day worth of nausea worst case scenario? If your anxiety is as bad as mine, thats a risk youre willing to take 10 times out of 10. M 25 2 days
2.5 mg 1X D
10/2/2010

 4  panic disorder and anxiety I love the way I feel on Lexapro, but the doctor said since my anxiety was done 5 months ago when I came in for a follow up, so I tried to quit, he did not say to do it gradually. It was difficult, I got very irritable, agitated with my family etc.. Ti went back on it within 3 days. Back to normal ...then about 3 months ago I tried to come off it again, same thing.. This past week, I tried to get off it again, bad idea while traveling. Just the line at the airport was making me mad, I had only been off it for 3 days when my Hubby and I got off the plane and in the middle of the airport started yelling at each other, I was furious.. THIS NEVER HAPPENS! I HAVE THE BEST HUSBAND, but humans get only take so much. At that point I was really thinking about what the withdrawals of this drug will do to me or if I should just stay on lexapro forever? We've returned home and the first thing my husband did was go pick up my Lexapro... Just taking one this morning along with my Ativan makes I smoke marijuana too, especially late at night so that I can work. I'm a photographer and edit all of my work at night, sometimes I stay up till 5 or 6 in the morning.. Serious anxiety probably the entire time I've been on lexapro.. F 38 2 years
10 1X D
10/1/2010
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 2  Anxiety burning feeling, dry mouth, anxiety/panic that lasted for about 6 hours after taking the pill, racing OCD type thoughts, insomnia (big time). Lost 10 pounds because I couldn't eat. Pounding chest in the middle of the night and drenching night sweats. I was on a super low dose of prozac (5mg)for about 8 years because I quit drinking and needed something to help me through that period. Honestly don't know why I stayed on it for so long..my bad. For the past 2 years I have weened myself off and was feeling great for the past three months drug free(first time I'd slept in years). I experienced a specific situational anxiety moment and instead of going to cognitive therapy, I requested an anti anxiety medication from my dr. BIG MISTAKE. I went through 3 medications in 5 weeks, each causing increased anxiety, with Lexapro being the worse poison. I started therapy 5 weeks ago and have been Lexapro free for 4 days and guess what, I have 90 percent less anxiety and realize that it's my negative thinking that creates anxiety, and not a serotonin deficiency. I've also read online that many people like myself have failed at reintroducing antidepressants because long term use can really mess with your chemistry. Good luck. I know it helps many people, just be careful. F 49 3 weeks
2.5 1X D
9/27/2010
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 1  Reactive Anxiety / Depression Profound increase in anxiety. Depersonalization. Suicidal thoughts No previous psych history. Became anxious and depressed after a major post op complication so Rx was suggested. 1st day got very restless about 4 hours after taking the Rx. Lasted 20 min. Second day not as bad. 3rd day GP increased dose to 10 mg. 4 hours post became very anxious, paranoid for 20 min. Woke at night about 14 hrs post dose with full blown panic attack: 1st ever in my life. Paced all night, crying, suicidal, tremulous. Lasted for 14 hours. GP stopped Rx. Be careful with this drug. SSRI's and SNRI's can all cause a worsening of anxiety at 1st. In my case this was almost fatal. M 48 3 days
5 - 10 1X D
9/25/2010

 4  Panic Disorder, GAD, Depression I started taking 10mg per day. In the begging I was sick, but after about a week I was getting better, other than that sometimes I get painfull yawning, and a stomachache. Thats about it F 18 7 months
20 1X D
9/23/2010

 5  depression & anxiety I thought positive and didn't look, watch or feel for side effects. No side effects got my attention. I like this medication because I don't feel anything when taking it. No sensations. I just feel normal. Situations that use to cause me "panic" or "anxiety" do so rarely and with pronounced reduction in symptoms. I think the lexapro effectively prevents the depression chemistry from having a strong affect. It's the same for "panic" and "anxiety". It surely reduces the adverse chemistry production. I have spent years re-training my brain and educating myself on how to deal with panic and anxiety. Many years ago I was helpless and lived in terror. Those days are gone. I've used many meds to treat anxiety. I think lexapro is excellent for both depression and anxiety. I think the best medication for people just starting to deal with the nightmare of "panic" is clonazepam to get them out of the terror mode rapidly during a severe attack. The two medications used together can be a mental life saver and allow people to function, go to work and be people again. M 63 3 years
10mg 1X D
9/22/2010
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 4  Depression anorgasmia M 44 1 years
20mg 1X D
9/22/2010

 5  Because I'm unstable My side effects are all bad.I feel like myself again, I think with clearly and i'm not so angry anymore. I enjoy doing the things I use to do. I'm also attending school with is great. It has not been all good I have no sex drive also have no partner so that not an issue. My sleep patterns off so I sleep for 4 to 6 hours at a time. F 42 6 months
10 1X D
9/21/2010

 3  for depression Seems like I have a decrease in libido. M 60 3 years
10 MG 1X D
9/19/2010

 5  Major Depression, GAD A little stomach issues like diarrhea now and then, dreams are more vivid but kind of interesting, not nightmares. This was the third depression I have experienced and the worst one. I started at 5 mg, and my doctor increased it to 10, 15, then to 20. Each time I felt a lift for a couple of days then more ups and downs. But the great thing is the downs were not as low and the ups were more consistent! I really am feeling better, but not in the clear yet. But it is clearly helping me compartmentalize stressors so I can see them as less threatening. This is markedly improving for me. I also take Remeron and for me, the combination is steadily providing me energy, a more positive outlook, and am noticing and enjoying people more with patience and compassion. I like it so far, just wish it had worked faster and been prescribed sooner. Clearly we are all different...find what works for YOU, and manage your doctors! Take all our feedback in balance because if you are depressed, something will help even if this does not. It gets an A from me though. M 51 45 days
20 1X D
9/17/2010
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 3  Anxiety and depression The worst side effect was very intense tingling in both legs and feet when I went to bed at night. Sometimes it was so bad it kept me awake. I didn't realize this was a side effect of Lexapro, and when I told my doctor about it, he sent me for an ultrasound, which showed nothing. It was not until I stopped taking Lexapro that the tingling subsided. I wish I'd known a long time ago. Lexapro also had a severe inhibiting effect on my libido and caused me to gain quite a bit of weight. Lexapro takes the edge off anxiety and alleviates depression, but at a price. Essentially, it numbs you. F 58 4 years
20 1X D
9/17/2010
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 3  Panic Attacks GAD Occasional headaches, tiredness, lethargy, still slight butterflies in the chest and agoraphobia after 7 weeks last time I took this drug 4 years ago it worked brilliantly I was up and positive after 2 weeks of 10mg. This time it just doesn't seem to be working as well and I am on 20mg. M 39 7 weeks
20 1X D
9/15/2010
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 5  Mild anxiety Initially, insomnia, slight headache, stomach discomfort. Once dosage was reduced from 10mg to 5 mg, I felt better. When my mood is stabilized (when my husband doesn't get on my nerves) I want to stop taking Lexapro, only to get back on it after a few weeks! At this point, I don't have a reason to stay on the drug other than to cope with him!!!!! F 61 4 years
5mg 1X D
9/13/2010

 5  GAD, some depresion Increased appetite and yawning. Lexapro has been working great for my anxiety. I used to have the "lump in the throat and chest" feeling almost constantly. After 2 weeks on Lexapro, that feeling is 90% gone. I am in such a better mood, not lashing out on my husband nearly as much. I have had anxiety for 1 year and after trying Paxil and Wellbutrin, Lexapro is by far the best med. I have been on. F 24 2 weeks
10mg 1X D
9/13/2010

 2  depression, anger management Dull mood,less angry; lightheaded, yawning frequently, sleep very quickly, & very deep; constipation on 2nd day; irritable & worried about effects. Appetite decreased, as though I have indigestion all the time, but start to gain weight on 4th day. Loss of sex drive; Don't know if I should continue, since I am not even happy about the effects. The lightheadedness makes it difficult to concentrate on my work, but seems to decrease my tendency to get angry at the slightest out-of-place situation. This maybe the trade-off. But the side effects are troubling. F 51 5 days
20 1X D
9/13/2010

 2  Depression Extreme sleepiness and apathy. Difficulty waking up in the morning. Reduced dosage but still feeling tired all the time. Decreased sex drive and difficulty ejaculating. Vivid long dreams and night sweats. Weight gain. Went to Lexapro after Celexa didn't seem to work. I don't think Lexapro reduced my depression much so will try something else. M 49 6 months
20mg 1X D
9/8/2010

 4  anxiety and depression it helped a lot.i have no problems with all the people in stores and i can speak infront of people a lot easier then before. its really hard to quiet. dont stop taking it all at once because you get really dizzy and feel sick and its not fun. F 16 1 years
20mg 1X D
9/6/2010

 3  depression and anxiety fatigue, decreased libido, memory problems. when withdrawing: anxiety, anger, extreme fatigue, impotence, lack of libido, prostatitis, paresthesia, cognitive difficulties. The side effects I'm having now since trying to taper off Lexapro are new; I did not have them while taking the medication. PLEASE, before you take this or any other SSRI, weight the possibility that sexual and other side effects from it may be PERMANENT. Moreover, SSRIs are extremely difficult to discontinue. I've been struggling with trying to get off Lexapro for 3 months, with no end in sight. This is not at all unusual. Take at own risk. M 33 7 years
10 1X D
9/6/2010

 1  anxiety Within 20 mins I felt dizzy, light-headed, and nausea. Within an hour I was more anxious and extremely depressed. After 7 hours I was vomiting uncontrolably with a severe headache and body tremors. Obviously Lexapro is a drug that does not agree with my body. Just wanted to put a WARNING out to people reading this. It is very important to be monitored while using a drug for the first time. I didn't realize that it had 'messed up' my head SO much until the dose was completely out of my system. I spent 4 hours in the emergency room after taking Lexapro. Again, this drug may work for some people....but PLEASE make sure someone else is monitoring your behavior, if my husband wouldn't have come home early, I probably would have attempted suicide. VERY SCARY that a drug that is supposed to help you, can make you worse. Good luck to all taking......and make sure to monitor yourself! F 24 1 days
10mg 1X D
9/4/2010

 5  Panic attacks some ejaculation problems, numbing of emotions (needed it tho), some apathy, indigestion This is a good drug and I would always be on it if not for my body growing a tolerance to it, I might have to look for something like zoloft to replace it. M 27 8 months
20mg 1X D
9/2/2010
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 4  Depression/Anxiety Altered sex drive, extremely tired all the time At first it was great, my sex drive, which had gone during my depression, came back with vengence. I couldn't get enough. As time has gone on though, the sleepiness has set in, and the sex drive has gone again. I thought maybe I needed to have my dosage upped, but looking at everyone elses comments about the effects, perhaps I just need to deal with it for a while. Overall, my depression and anxiety are doing well because of this drug. M 25 3 months
20Mg 1X D
8/30/2010
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 3  GAD/Panic attacks/Depression Nausea, headaches, extreme tiredness, vivid dreams, weight loss due to almost constant nausea When I firts started taking Lexapro the initial side effects were not too bad. I had the typical nausea and tiredness that most people seem to experience but they subsided (not completely!) I still get head aches occasionally and feel nauseaus quite a bit which has seen my weight plummet to 109 pounds (i'm 5'3). In my opinion this drug is great for depression. I feel generally happier and actually find it difficult to feel upset unless it's something significant. It's a good mood stabilizer. But as for anxiety and panic disorder i'm still unsure whether it is helping me or not. I still have panic attacks although not nearly as many as I was experiencing before taking lexapro. I have symptoms of anxiety on a regular basis. I think what has helped me most is accepting my anxiety and learning ways to manage and deal with it through therapy. I would not rely on this to put an end to anxiety. Therapy and a benzodiazapine are what you need for that. I will probably try and come off lexapro soon. F 21 9 months
30 1X D
8/30/2010

 5  GAD F 52
10 1X D
8/29/2010
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 5  Anxiety Yawning throughout the day no matter how much sleep I get, my ears always feel blocked, altho the yawning opens them temporarily. I feel like I could stay on this drug the rest of my life. Whatever I have to deal with while on it, is well worth how mentally well I feel! F 48 14 months
10 MG 1X D
8/27/2010
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 2  headaches A little weight gain I just finished weaning off of Lexapro, and it was horrible. I felt terrible for close to 2 weeks. I will never take this medication again for this reason. The medication was fine while I was on it, but coming off of it was not fun. F 37 6 months
20mg 1X D
8/27/2010

 5  GAD and Panic Attacks Restless leg syndrome which is VERY annoying, dry mouth, initially some sleepiness but this went away after about two weeks. Lexapro saved my sanity! I was experiencing severe panic attacks, one of which landed me in the hospital (thought I was dying). In about two weeks after starting, I began to feel some real relief and the sleepiness went away. I am a 46 year old female. I thought, after about two years of taking the Lexapro that I didn't need it any more. Within one week after abuptly stopping (do NOT do this), the panic attacks were back full force and even a Xanax didn't help. I saw my doc and got back on my dose of Lexapro and now only occasionally have a "break through" attack, but they are much less severe and only happen a few times a year. I recommend Lexapro as an option for GAD and panic disorder. F 46 6 years
20mg 1X D
8/25/2010

 3  Depression Slight disconnect, jaw clenching, low sexual desire, twitching legs Last few months have not been good. Increase jaw clenching to the point of creating serious TMJ. Sexual desire came back about 50% but never great. Still have a hard time feeling excited about something, no serious depression either so I guess that was the trade off. M 58 3 years
15-20 1X D
8/25/2010

 4  GAD For the first three years I felt fantastic. Lately, however I am experiencing constant muscle twitching primarily on my legs. I was prescribed Lexapro while in Menopause. After two weeks of taking it I felt as though I got my life back. Slightly decreased libido but only for about six months. I have gained weight but considered that a post menopause syndrome. I'm surprised to be reading about all the weight gain. For the past six months I have been experiencing muscle twitching, primarily on my legs and upper arms. This is a constant twitching.....about 40 times per day. Curious about others that are experiencing the same. F 51 4 years
20MG 1X D
8/22/2010
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 4  GAD Fatigue, lack of energy, nausea The first month of taking this drug was difficult for me because it made me so nauseous and still occasionally does if I don't take it with food, but overall the benefits definitely outweigh the negative effects it sometimes has. My biggest problem with it, by far, is how tired it makes me - but I'd rather be tired than ridiculously anxious. And I see that a lot of people are experiencing sexual side effects, but I never have. I have orgasms all the time. I guess every drug works differently for different people, but it has been a really positive experience for me. I still have panic attacks occasionally, but not anywhere near as often. F 21 6 months
10 MG 1X D
8/19/2010
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 5  anxiety, depression First two weeks as my body was adjusting were brutal (nausea, drowsiness, loss of appetite), but since then it's been wonderful. I've not experienced any of the weight gain or bloating. I am having some very vivid dreams and sweating a bit more, but who cares. I'm back to feeling like myself. You really need to stay on it through the initial week or two for your body to adjust before deciding this is the drug for you. F 39 4 months
10 mg 1X D
8/18/2010

 5  anxiety slight constipation, sleepiness. Worked great. Then one day just stopped working. M 52 3 years
10 1X D
8/18/2010

 5  GAD/Depression Initially, I experienced increased anxiety, it lasted a few days and was totally worth it! Firstly,Id like to say Ive seen an inc in positive comments for Lex on this site since I was here last.People generally dont go on forums to speak about pos exp -we like to vent when we've had a neg exp,its human nature, so please bear that in mind. I began taking lex 1yr ago for GAD.For some reason I never admitted to my doc how depressed I had been.I began on 5mgs-which is a good dose to start on with GAD as the adjustment phase can be a bit rocky.On hearing about the adj phase a few years back I declined anti-ds because I wondered why I would want to inc the symptoms I was trying to get rid of.As I said,it was only for a few days.After 2 weeks I increased to 10mgs as I really wasn't feeling the benifits on 5mgs.Well,I have never looked back!Iam so much happier and able to manage life.I wont say I'm cured,I still have my wobbles but the Lex is the support which helps me to deal.Some people have told me they feel under a cloud or spaced out on Lex-I have never felt clearer or more in control.I'm happy and calm-I love it.Negatives would be-my libido has suffered a bit but I can live with that and I have gained about a stone.I thought initially the w8 gain was due to my pos mood-being hungry an not having my guts in a twist the whole time.All I can say is..if youre unhappy,cant deal with life,are too afriad to go outside,give this a go,youre already at rock bottom and the only way is up.Chin up,youll find yourself again.Good luck. F 29 1 years
10 mg 1X D
8/18/2010
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 2  Depression and Anxiety More irratible. Total loss of sex drive. Loss of appetite. Burning sensations. Increased anxiety. Doc started me on 10 mg of Lexapro for depression and anxiety. To be fair, some people say that it works wonders for them, but it was a real nightmare for me. Almost immediate loss of sex drive. Within 15 minutes of taking one the nausea set in and never let up. It made me foggy and emotionally distant. Seemed to make my OCD worse. Could not get horrible thoughts out of my head. Increased sweating and hot flashes were unbearable. Intense burning in the soles of my feet. Total loss of appetite to the point where everthing I ate just seemed to get bigger the more I chewed it. Lost 10 lbs quickly. By the evening of day 5 I was almost in full blown panic attack. I went back to the doc and he switched me to Prozac and Klonopin. After I took one dose of Prozac I noticed right away that there was no nausea. Soon after I ate a cheeseburger and had no problems tasting it or swallowing it. Loved every bite. Ate breakfast this morning just fine. Hot flashes and feet burning have dissapated and are almost gone. All summed up Lexapro was horrible for me. To soon to tell about Prozac after only one dose, but the Klonopin worked well immediately for GAD. Already feel calmer and better. Placebo? Maybe. Who cares. I'll take a placebo that works over Lexapro anyday. Hope Prozac is the stuff for me. M 42 5 days
10 1X D
8/18/2010

 5  depression Lessening of depression and increased confidence. What loss of libido? Husband think I am on an aphrodesiac. No weight gain, in fact, less compulsive about food. Notice my mind works faster. Have noticed no adverse side effects. Took awhile to get effect, several weeks. Now have more energy and laughing. Best antidepressant I have tried. Better than Prozac or Wellbutrin. Has helped pain in my knees which was constant. F 61 90 days
10 MG 1X D
8/17/2010

 4  anxiety loss of appetite seemed to work quickly, I felt less anxiety, not feeling extra drowsy or lethargic F 24 2 days
10 mg 1X D
8/10/2010

 3  OCD Fantastic vivid dreams, not scary, but relaistic. Apart from that, no problems at all. Not yet made a great difference to my compulsions, which are thoughts not actions, Dr wants me to increase to 20mg soon if I feel it has not helped as much as it could, might get worse side effects then? F 40 2 months
10mg 1X D
8/9/2010

 3  Anxiety My first 2 days on Lexapro I felt a lot of anxiety relief. I was able to sleep a lot better. Then on the third night I woke up from a deep sleep and had a rapid heart beat along with a feeling of nausea. I started to having loud ringing in both my ears, (felt like I was going deaf) my vision was darkening and getting blurry. The worst anxiety attack I've ever had!!! I was told by my doctor that it was most likely not caused by the Lexapro. I was also taking Bystolic for 5 days before I started Lexapro and was told to only take it when my heart rate increased. Well, since my "attack" I haven't been able to sleep. I am very well aware of my heart beat which is very irritating. I feel like my head is going to explode when I lay down, my hands and feet sweat, lightheaded, and I worry constantly about everything that is happening to me. I hope I feel normal again soon. F 27 4 days
5mg 1X D
8/8/2010
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 5  Asperger's Syndrome It has changed my life. I tried to commit suicide. Knew I was different. Never could figure out why. After trying to commit suicide decided to dee a counselor. After one session we both came to the same conclusion during the intervening week. Now that I know what's wrong I can now address it. All the dark skies have cleared up and am now working on my social skills and being proactive with treatment. M 42 11 days
10 MG 1X D
8/1/2010

 1  Anxiety I'm almost certain that I'd rather endure my regular anxiety attacks! I just took my first Lexapro at about 7:00 pm, at 11:30 while watching TV I had this rushing heat sensation up my torso and up through my scalp. My heart started beating so fast that I swear I was going to literally pass out. After a hot shower and breathing deeply, the worst has passed but I can't lay down, because I can hear my heartbeat. It's 2 am, I'm exhausted but am not able to sleep. This is almost like a cruel joke! I think I will stick to Zoloft, which was great at taking the edge off! If 10mg did this to me I cant imagine if I had taken a higer dose! If you react strongly to meds DO NOT TAKE this drug! I will not be continuing it! Too strong! Makes me feel like I'm on drugs! Eyes dialated & rapid heartbeat!!! F 36 1 days
10 mg 1X D
7/31/2010
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 4  Reactive Depression and GAD I have only been on it since yesterday ....one very weird dream....and perhaps not as full of energy I react badly to situations. In last 20 years I have had 4 bouts of depression caused by financial problems, GFC etc. Usually once the problem resolves itself, the depression lifts. The current problem has been running two years and I have become heavily depressed with bouts of anxiety (when things get worse, or an event happens where I lose control of the problem); My life became unbearable, I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning, could not do the things I used to love..became a pain to whole family. I wanted to avoid medication and after spending hours reading forums such as this and about side effects, withdrawl etc, started with 5 mg Lexapro yesterday. This sounds very strange but I felt better almost immediately. It is no placebo effect. Feels a bit like taking valium or atavan, the heavy sighing feeling has gone and the anxiety is gone....will re-visit this forum in a week or so just in case this is really too good to be true. M 56 2 days
5 mg 1X D
7/29/2010

 3  anxiety weight loss, burning feeling inside skin,dizziness started lexapro because my only child is harded after to college and that is very hard for me to deal with ended up in the hospital with a heart rate of 150 bp 208/100 doctor started me on xanax 0.5 mg and 10 mg of lexapro.Now I take xanax has needed and 10mg of lexapro was too much down to 5mg and soon to 2.5 mg and plan to be off not something I want to stay on. F 37 6 weeks
5mg 1X D
7/24/2010

 3  Anxiety Nausea,Very angry, irritable,I have 3 kids and i am also married.. I really feel i am making everyone so miserable do to my side effects.. F 36 60 days
10 1X D
7/23/2010

 4  depression, panic, agoraphobia In the beginning, lots of side effects: anxiety, nausea, not wanting to eat, weight loss, diarrhea. Once I got used to the meds and increased dose over 6 weeks, the side effects went away. I am writing to give others who suffer from panic disorder and agoraphobia hope. I started low (2.5 mg) and built up. It's tough with all the side effects in the beginning, but after about a month I felt so much better. I'm on a very low dose because I'm extremely sensitive to anti-depressants (discovered by taking 10 mg and nearly crawling out of my skin for 48 hours.) I'm able to drive, go to work, and generally feel better - much less anxious and depressed. I do feel it sometimes, but it's like it's muffled. Overall, much better. F 39 2 months
5 mg 1X D
7/20/2010

 2  depression lethargic, weepy. F 45 2 months
20mg 1X D
7/20/2010

 1  severe depression and anxiety It made me like I was plastered drunk and made me act psychotic. I blacked out and dont remember anything that happened the whole time I was on it. My family had to retreat from me. F 36 14 days
10 mg 1X D
7/18/2010
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 1  Anxiety Apathy, difficulty concentrating, short term memory issues, mild GI discomfort Most anxiety disappeared almost immediately but I went from a laughing, loving husband and father to someone who seemed like a ghost. It took me too long to connect the medication with the personality change but eventually I ceased taking it. Two years later I still don't feel like I'm back 100%, as if there is some permanent change. I'm closer to enjoying life but I feel like my imagination and zest for life have been crippled to a certain degree. My wife and siblings all noted the difference but felt like the removed anxiety could be worth it so never said anything. Let me tell you, I enjoy the anxiety much more than that hollow feeling. Never messing with brain chemistry again. M 39 11 months
10mg 1X D
7/16/2010
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 2  depression/ anxiety I experienced extreme sweating, rapid weight gain and food cravings, lethargic, emotional imbalance and inability to get excited or laugh about things. I am weaning myself off and have already began to notice a lessening of symptoms. While I still struggle with depression, I am attempting to curb it through diet and exercise. I hope to be Lexapro free within the next two weeks! F 26 1 years
20 mg 1X D
7/14/2010
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