Drug Ratings for LEXAPRO

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 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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 5  Depression, Anxiety, Agorpahobia So far no side effects and doing well at 5mg. I have suffered with anxiety, agoraphobia and emetophobia (fear of vomiting or seeing others vomit) all my life. Ive been on Xanax for 5 years, low dose, this have given me a good part of my life back. I havent seen the beach in 36 years and planning to go in a month, if I make it, Lexapro is a Godsend. F 56 36 days
5 MG 1X D
7/11/2010
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 3  generalized anxiety disorder nausea, could not consume alcohol Lexapro worked great for me the first few months I began taking it. I have had trouble sleeping my entire life, and after taking 10mg an hour before bedtime, I slept great. I was also less irritable. The MAJOR side effect for me was blacking out after cosuming one alcoholic drink and vomiting the entire next day. After seeing 2 doctors, I finally realized it was lexapro that caused it after suffering with that side effect for 2 years. I am now on sertraline (generic for zoloft)- no vomiting after drinking but I feel like a zombie. F 22 3 years
10 mg 1X D
7/11/2010

 4  depression Terrible head sweats. Any extra movement and I sweat. Full body sweats at night when sleeping. Works much better than when I was on Prozac and Cymbalta. When I was on those two medications I was a zombie, not feeling the lows but also not feeling the highs. With Lexapro I have the highs. I am also experiencing normal feelings like grief, happiness and hope. On the other two medications I was just numb all day, every day. F 51 1 years
20 mg 1X D
7/8/2010

 1  anxiety/depression Side effects: First, fatique and weight loss. Next was the complications of orgasm. Next, weight gain (twenty pounds), apathy with my family, indifference with life and my future. I started taking Lexapro because of "empty nest" when my youngest left for college. I was sad and not sure what life would deal me when they were gone. Lexapro, in the beginning, gave me a lift in life. I suffered the side effects of the drug believing I was feeling better. I am here after six years of the drug and have realized, it altered me with the effects and side effects that were not really good. A psychologist and a therapist would tell me that I was good but the effects on my family life were devastating. I know weaning from the drug is horrible. It will send your brain into jolts and even after a month of weaning, the jolts are minimal but still present. I have come to believe that this drug is something that "everyone" takes but have no idea how it effects your life because you are in a drug induced blunder that makes you think life is good. I lost my husband of twenty seven years, both of my children and I am alone. I contribute these lossed to the way Lexapro effected me. F 49 6 years
20 1X D
6/30/2010

 3  general anxiety, mild depression Delayed ejaculation, though not after a month on the drug. Some irregularity (bowel movements). Well, I am one cool horny dude without the premature ejaculation. Lexapro doesn't make me impotent, it makes me last longer! M 21 1 years
20 mg 1X D
6/29/2010

 3  Anxiety Helped with anxiety and social disorder, but I felt numb to any emotion at all. Not happy, not sad, just bored and uninterested. Very much unlike my normal self. I'm stopping the medication. F 45 1 years
10 1X D
6/29/2010

 3  Chronic depression (dysthymia) No negative side effects. One positive side effect for me is the ability to last longer sexually (from the male perspective). Easily the most tolerable antidepressant I've ever taken. Lexapro ever so slightly takes the edge off of the sadness I experience but falls way short in lifting depression. My doctor is experimenting with add-ons or increased dosages. So far no success. M 49 3 years
30 MG 1X D
6/28/2010
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 2  Depression / Fatigue Dizziness and Very Tired even if taken at night. Maybe it would work for you but it was too sedating and made me dizzy. M 28 7 days
10 1X D
6/27/2010

 4  Depression, Bipolar Nausea, Dizziness, Foggy feeling, Teeth Grinding/Jaw Clenching, Slight loss of libido, Fatigue I was up to 20mg a day before and stopped cold turkey after the side effects (mainly the teeth grinding/jaw clenching and fatigue) became too much. Bad idea! But now, 4 months later I'm back on, at 5mg, and using mindfulness, etc to help otherwise. Much better. Most of the other side effects have been pretty minor this time. Do have to wear a mouth guard at night though. F 25 7 months
20mg/5mg 1X D
6/26/2010

 4  Depression Lower abdomen muscle spasms, laughing a lot, trouble sleeping and waking up early, hyperactivity, dry mouth. I know I've only taken this for one day, but I am already feeling the effects of it. I was just wondering if anyone else has had lower abdomen muscle spasms? They don't hurt, but they are bothersome. It only happens with I lay down on my side, though. M 19 1 days
10 MG 1X D
6/23/2010

 4  anxiety, depression weight gain, fatigue, unable to orgasm during intercourse, insomnia, lack of sympathy, apathy, losing hair. Works well for depression and anxiety. I'm calmer during stressful times. I cannot orgasm during intercourse and I've tried everything. If I take the medicine at night I won't go to sleep. If I take it mid-morning I want to sleep in the afternoon so I take it first thing in morning. I have been losing hair. I have gained weight. I do feel bursts of happiness throughout the day. F 31 5 years
20mg 1X D
6/23/2010
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 5  OCD, GAD, depression. none. it's amazing as a drug could change your life completely. on 20 mg my head is clear, i'm more more reasonable... no sexual side effcet like other SSRIs! it's to try if u have OCD or GAD. it eradicates alla them away. it helps a lot also on depression. awesome stuff. M 24 7 days
20 mg 1X D
6/21/2010

 4  Anxiety, Depression,Eating Disorder First week light headedness, laughing uncontrollably, very relaxed.Later increased appetite, extreeme weight gain even with exercise, hard to orgasm . I would say this medication helped me to feel more like me or my old self without depression. It made dealing with anxiety better and coping alot better in all situations. It made me calm and more patient with myself and others. On the down side in 9months i have gained about 20kgs :( and that is with exercising 60min per day!In all honesty i needed to gain about 7kgs maximum due to my eating disorder, for the rest it just kept piling on uncontrollably. Also I feel more sluggish and find it hard to get up, my legs swell sometimes and that is painful. It is also hard to reach orgasm, sometimes so much that i give up on it all together. F 29 9 months
10mg 1X D
6/18/2010

 1  "Suspected" depression Cannot get out of bed. Cannot drink any alcohol. Cannot focus on work. Headaches and eye pains. I am going to stop cold turkey. M 61 30 days
10 1X D
6/17/2010

 5  major depression, PMS and GAD Really no negative side effects. Lost weight at first. After a month back to normal (very petite). No sexual issues or side effects of any kind Life Changing Drug!!! Struggled with a horrible cycle of insomnia, anxiety, depression, life changes and hormonal changes for a year. On day one of taking Lexapro I fell asleep within an half hour for the first time in a year. Within a week I felt like my old self but even better. The worries, and the major (and i mean MAJOR deep dark hole depression) I experienced (especially PMS depression)is gone and has stayed gone. I can feel emotion but don't fall apart all the time and I CAN SLEEP up to 6 total hours a night. A huge improvement from 2 or 3 hours. I plan on embracing this drug as long as I need to F 46 2 months
10 1X D
6/15/2010

 3  OCD Stomach ache accompanied with nausea, nigh sweats, clenching my jaw (so bad it hurts to chew food!), dry mouth, and tonsss of nosebleeds! I'm too scared to increase up to 20 and or 30 (like my doc wanted me to). I can't imagine getting anymore side effects. I'm on Lexapro for my obsessive thinking (not obsessive actions) and i can't tell if its doing anything yet. I think it may just need to be in my body for longer. I don't know if the benefits outweigh the side effects. F 19 1 months
10mg 1X D
6/13/2010

 3  Anxiety Weight Gain For the most part, I really like Lexapro. After a hard time such as divorce and job loss, it helped me get back on track. However, it almost made me feel numb. But, the day that I may miss a pill, I'm a crying reck and take everything very personally. I am switching to Effexor XR with the hopes that it will counteract the 25 pound weight gain that I have acquired over the past year. F 29 1 years
20 mg 1X D
6/11/2010

 2  depression and anxiety sleepiness This drug helped a lot with my anxiety, but after a while it seemed to worsen my depression. I felt vague and weepy and had no motivation. The withdrawal was not that bad, though. F 44 5 weeks
20mg 1X D
6/11/2010

 5  Major Depression Weight gain, vivid dreams/nightmares going on or off but otherwise normal. Worst side effect is complete sexual dysfunction - inability to orgasm, hating being touched, feeling as though any sexual contact is as annoying as rubbing an eyeball. Close to a miracle drug for me - vastly improved social confidence, feelings of "happiness" as opposed to the wretchedness and despair of deep depression. Much improved anxiety control. Much better sleep. If it were not for the sexual side effects, which end up with me not even wanting to be hugged or kissed either, I would stay on this drug FOREVER. However, I'm trying out Pristiq to see if I can achieve something with OK effects without total sexual dysfunction. Have tried tons of others with disastrous consequences. If Pristiq doesn't work well, I will head straight back to lexapro and my husband and I will just keep on working on ways to have a relationship that don't revolve around me being responsive. It's SO hard being forced to choose between dealing with my problems and creating a huge marriage problem. (Don't get me wrong, we have a very long and loving marriage, but it's sure hard being like this!) Otherwise I love, love, love how Lexapro makes me feel. F 50 180 days
15mg 1X D
6/9/2010

 1  Severe Depression, PTSD I gained a LOT of weight, I felt a bit ill at first, but it went away after 10 days of taking the medication. The weight gain occurred even though I was formally working out two hours a day plus other physical activity. Loss of sexual desire, difficult to obtain orgasm and a general lack of feeling "real." I don't understand how the FDA and drug companies rate the side effects of these drugs? Almost everybody I know on Lexapro and other SSRI's gain weight (including those who review the medications here). I think gaining 10, 15, 20 pounds + doesn't do much for your overall self-concept, not to mention the physical consequences of being overweight. When you read the reported side-effects, they say maybe five percent of the people gain weight. With all due respect, I wonder if the drug makers have the same relationship with the FDA as BP did with the Department of Interior. M 54 6 months
20 MG 1X D
6/8/2010

 4  racing thoughts/OCD still some OCD.. racing thoughts on occassion.. however, the big down side is it takes me forever to orgasim (like 20 minutes) M 48
1X D
6/3/2010

 3  PMS symptoms increased sweating, decreased interest in sex F 48 5 years
5 mg 1X D
6/3/2010

 5  Severe Anxiety/GAD/Depression There are undoubtable sexual side effects with this drug for men, but nothing major! It's a little bit harder to achieve an orgasim, but that's all. No other side effects to speak of. This drug is as close as it gets to a miracle drug, it has definitely changed my life for the better. No more worrying about certain social situations, concerts, planes, movie theaters, long drives, trips, etc. My work and gym routines are back to normal thanks to Lexapro. If you want to take back your life from the grips of anxiety and depression try Lexapro, it works! M 28 6 months
10 MG 1X D
6/2/2010
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 2  Anxiety Took it for anxiety, but became very apathetic. Extemely hard time getting up in the morning. Didn't want to do anything Usually could not sleep with the indigestion it caused. No sex drive either even when taking Ginko. Tried the rest of these SSRIs and none worked. Wellbutrin was the best, but the anxiety was awful F 40 3 months
5mg 1X D
5/31/2010

 4  depression A little nausea, dry mouth, clenched jaw, drowsiness-during the day whilst trying to work - but at night could not sleep. On the sixth day however, woke up after an ok nights sleep bright and alert-ready to take on the day and havent looked back yet. Still experiencing some very slight side effects-stress very slight-the turn around that i experienced on the sixth day was incredible.Now on my eleventh day and feeling much like the old self...much more energy,am able to deal with work-the litle things arent stressing and freaking me out-think i might actually be smiling....which could be hurting my face more than the jaw clenching since it is so out of practise doing it.Have decided to not get sucked into reading toooo many negative reports and issues in getting off - am happy to stay on, keep smiling and invite people back into my life! F 35 10 days
10 mg 1X D
5/29/2010

 5  severe social anxieties Good mood, talkative, social, loss of libido, need extra sleep I have been taking Lexapro for more than two years. I used to have very severe social anxieties in which I'd go into freeze, flight, fight mode over every little tiny social situation. My anxiety level has fallen to that of other people's. The benefits from Lexapro are definitely outweighting the negatives of loss of libido and needing extra sleep. I recommend trying Lexapro if you have severe social anxieties. However, Lexapro should not be prescribed lightly. It is a difficult drug to taper off of. As for needing extra sleep, I find that skipping a dose every once in awhile helps. M 48 2 years
10 mg 1X D
5/28/2010

 1  anxiety In my opinion this medication made me feel more anxious and nervous. 36
10 mg 1X D
5/27/2010

 4  Extreme anxiety and depression 20 lbs unexplained weight gain; extreme fatigue; worse GERD; dry mouth. After my son was in a horrible accident with multiple broken bones and legal charges I was ready to call it quits. Lexapro has helped me avoid the extreme emotions and fears. I probably wouldn't have taken it if this weren't such an extreme situation. I'm hoping that as things settle down and life returns to normal I can soon be off the medication. I'm afraid for withdrawal effects. F 57 1 years
10 mg 1X D
5/26/2010

 3  Anxiety/Depression Extreme and quick weight gain of approximately 5lbs per month until I gained 60 lbs plus I had vivid dreams and nightmares. After about 3 years, it effected my knees, made me anxious, caused heart problems culminating in a silent heart attack. I went off of Lexapro, lost about 25 lbs, knees got back in shape. However, I became very depressed and had obsessive thoughts of suicide (but did not want to kill myself). After being off for a year, I decided to go back on. The depression and suicidal thoughts went away. However, I quickly starting gaining weight again, my knees hurt, and I feel like I'm having some heart problems. I wish the drug company would figure out how to reduce the side effects. F 51 6 years
10 1X D
5/25/2010

 1  to "treat" adverse rxn to accutane severe anxiety, depressive spells, head pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, tremors, internal vibrations, feelings of burning under skin, exercise intolerance, orgasm intolerance, vision disturbances, agitation, akathisia, rage... LOL, I am not kidding, I could go on for a while. Absolute worse decision that was ever made for me. I had a bad rxn to an acne medicine that caused me panic attacks, and was put on 10mg of lexapro. Have suffered worsening side effects as time went on. I'd be off of it in a heartbeat if it weren't for the fact that the withdrawal is simply unbearable. I'm now trying to stabilize on 10mg again after a failed taper and get my life back for at least a while. This drug has stolen the last/best two years of my life away, and I'd hate for this to happen to anyone else. Seek therapy, ditch the poison. It'll be the best decision you ever made. M 22 2.5 years
10MG 1X D
5/15/2010

 1  insomnia Long-term severe discontinuation syndrome: internal shaking, muscle spasms, vision problems, throat problems, breathing problems, electrical brain zaps, mental fog, too many others to name. F 52 2 weeks
10 mg 1X D
5/13/2010

 2  Anxiety & OCD My opinon is that I first experienced a burning/cold feeling in my nose and eyes, headache, and stomach ache. That went away after a few weeks. Now I am having very dry, itchy skin and a bloody nose. I keep hoping it will start helping me a little more. 36 4 months
10 mg 1X D
5/12/2010

 5  GAD At first I had trouble sleeping but this past after couple of weeks. Still have proble with sexual side effect (cumming)even after prolonged sex. But I'm not complaining about this, I can always manage to shoot a load if I resort to hand work. This has to be the best drug i have found in the lst 15 years and I have tried many of them. Finally able to feel myself and not drive my family to the edge. Took about three weeks for full effect to kick in, but began to feel better after first few days. Problem with shooting seems to be getting better, but I'm not so worried about that, since I now feel up to having sex 3-4 time per week rather than 3 -4 times per month. Getting hard on is no problem since depression is better, have quit using viagra. M 52 6 months
20 mg 1X D
5/7/2010

 4  Depression My main complaint is weight gain. 1kg each month I've been taking it. I had to go on a diet and crazy exercise just to slow the weight gain and haven't been able to get any weight off. I had occasional head spins when I started initially. These went within a week and don't come back if I miss a dose. I feel like a new person - I can relate to people without it feeling like a huge effort now. My sex drive is down but not gone and I can still orgasm with effort and it seems to be as good if not slightly better than before. It's resolved some social phobia that I wasn't even aware of until I started taking Lexapro and it went away - I've "come out of my shell" and am having much more fun. However after 10 mths I'm now getting sick of exercising 6 days a week and dieting, just to keep on top of the weight gain and barely managing to do so. I'm regretfully going to my GP next week to discuss other alternatives. F 34 10 months
10mg 1X D
5/6/2010
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 5  ANXIETY M 31 2 years
10MG 1X D
5/5/2010

 3  Anxiety Neausea, reflux, headache, jittery, twitching body, sore neck Was on 10mg for 4 yrs then decided to come off was off 4 mths then had to go back on for extreme anxiety started on 10mg for a month no major side effects now on 20mg for last week noticing extremely sore neck and headache that wont go away, extremely jittery might go back to 10mg. Side effects when weaning off was brain zaps that lastes for a few weeks. F 32 5 weeks
20mg 1X D
5/4/2010

 5  Anxiety/Panic Disorder Started slowly on 5mg for 2 days and then 7.5 for 2 days then went to 10mg. First few days very spacey after a few hours of taking it. Some mild headaches which seem to be getting better. Lack of sexual desire and it is hard to reach orgasum but not impossible. I wasnt able to leave my house without having dizziness and disorentation. After about a week I felt myself just going out without having these symptoms. Little things seem not to bother me and my mood has increased. My obessive thoughs of my Heart Disease are becoming less and less. With Zoloft it took about 4 weeks to kick in and I had much worse side effects. So far I am happy with Lexapro. Just keep in mind, just because one SSRI dosent 100% agree with you, another can work much better. Also dont let the first few days scare you. M 39 3 weeks
10 MG 1X D
5/1/2010
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 1  Major Depression This is the last SSRI I will try. I cannot tolerate them. Lexapro gave me quivers in my hands and also twitching. It put a wall in my mind that I couldn't think through. I felt controlled and blunted. Now I am trying to wean myself off of it, very slowly, and still I have awful, terrible, withdrawal side effects. I believe although, my case is an exception. No SSRIs help me. I don't know if this is relevant but when I had to wean off Lexapro and also with Zoloft, I acquired very bad urinary tract infection symptoms. I mean horrible. Weaning Lexapro out of my system has made me dizzy, nauseated, weak, chills, night sweats. Being hot and cold at the same time. muscle fatigue, sleeping constantly, and also a very elusive feeling that I am sick and something is wrong but I cannot put my finger on it. F 47 4 months
10 1X D
5/1/2010
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