Average Rating: 3.2 (2063 Ratings)

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 5  Anxiety Disorder Emotions are blunted. Occasional panic attacks. Overall it has been a lifesaver. Panic attacks have increased the last couple of years. I am wondering if the Lexapro is not working like it should because I have been going through a couple of months of anxiety at levels like before I started Lexapro. Has any one had experience that Lexapro stopped working for them? F 60 13 years
15 mg 1X D
 2  Anxiety and depression More anxiety, EPS (movement disorders), feels like I'm on caffeine when I'm not. The days I would forget to take this drug were more relaxed and more productive at work than the days I was usually on it. Very counter productive. Went to the emergency room for withdrawal symptoms. Could not stop shaking, feeling cold, sky high anxiety. F 38 11 months
20 mg 1X D
 3  Depression Why do these criminal drug companies keep the price so high? I have to take the same brand because when I change brands it's like starting over again/and stopping! I would love to just buy the Lexapro and not have to worry about that! But it's a rip off!! one huge problem with this drug and it's the only drug I've ever encountered myself or heard of that you must stay on the same manufacturers version because switching the manufacturer is like starting the drug over again, and stopping it! You get the side effects of both starting and stopping! Yes, I know, most of you will say that's not possible, it's exactly the same but it's not. I've dealt with this problem many times. I was able to choose the teva brand for many years and had no issues but during the lockdown insanity and now with the way things are you can't choose your brand so each time you get a new refill you have to hope it's the same brand or it's like starting it over/and stopping it at the same time! Or you can just buy Lexapro at 5 bucks a pill? M 60
20 mg 1X D
 5  Anxiety Took 10 mg the first 4 years and recently increase to 20 mg and luckily it has worked great for my anxiety disorder. I also started 10 mg amitriptyline when this was increased and together they have worked great and I have never slept better either. No real side effects to speak of thank goodness. M 49 5 years
20 mg 1X D
 3  anxiety, depression Weird spinning/dizzy feeling when starting/ending the medication. Besides that i felt more so numb after being on it for months. A real "i don't care" mood towards everything. Really weird. M 19 10 months
15 1X D
 4  Anxiety and Depression Dry mouth, low libido, increased appetite. Headache and confusion in the first 5-10 days. PROS: Anxiety and depression are gone - Started working after 15 days, not immediately CONS: Side effects (tolerable for now) M 51 21 days
20mg 1X D
 1  Anxiety, mild depression Insomnia, extreme thirst, trouble breathing,, no appetite, headaches. After lowering dose to 2.5mg could sleep but still had intrusive thoughts, increased anxiety,blurry vision, sweating. Only positive was no more crying. Helped with depression but not at all with GAD or panic attacks. For me it brought on looping, repeating thought patterns all day even at lowest dose. F 51 2 months
5mg 1X D
 2  Anxiety Waking with burning pain in shoulders and body and racing heart, unable to sleep for longer than 4 hours, tense headache, having to nap in day to make up sleep. Been taking for 6 weeks still waiting for it to work on my anxiety after losing a sibling. I'm hoping it may start to improve my anxiety and sleep F 72 42 days
5mg 1X D
 4  Anxiety First day on 5mg, feeling very tired and spacey. This happened the last time I took the drug and that effect went away in a couple of days last time, so we'll see if that happens again F 37 1 days
5 1X D
 4  Severe anxiety, suicidal thoughts Cons:Frequent headaches, low appetite and fatigue. Pros: had agoraphobia and after 2 weeks could go outside without panic setting in. Mood improved and no bad thoughts. F 54 3 weeks
20mg 1X D
 1  PMD Hallucinations, perspective kept flipping around, heard noises which I don't think we there. Confusion, kept forgetting where I was and what I was doing. Felt like I was going to die, panic attacks? Heart racing Dry mouth, nausea Woke in middle of night after last dose with vomit in my mouth, full on panic attack, heart racing, fever like symptoms, tingling in limbs, was able to pace it out and use meditation to calm but close to calling ambulance. I had previously taken Lexapro for post natal anxiety with excellent results. When my GP suggested Lexapro to treat PMD I didn't hesitate. It did stop my spiraling thoughts but the side effects were unbearable this time, I couldn't function. F 44 3 days
10mg 1X D
 4  Major Depression, Suicidal Ideation Stiff neck / neck pain at a level of 5/10 or so (let's call migraines a 10/10), nerve pain/damage from muscle rigidity, daily headaches at a level of 4/10, exacerbated migraines Experienced worsening suicidal thoughts for the first week of taking it (actually started it 4 times before I was able to get through that phase). Initially also experienced severe insomnia for the first month, but that eventually went away and I slept well for a whole year before having sleep issues again. It helped my depression about 75% of the time (while taking 5 mg) and I never had suicidal thoughts again after getting through the first week. My doctor had me try going up to 10 mg one time because my depression was still not 100% better, but the higher dose gave me debilitating headaches. I stayed at 5 mg for most of two years. Pros: I never gained weight, actually lost 10 lbs over the course of 2 years since I never had much of an appetite on lexapro and it helped with keeping my GI system regular (before it I had bad constipation). Cons: daily headaches at a pain level of 4/10 or so, worsened my preexisting migraines, and the reason I stopped taking it: started having neck stiffness/rigidity that got so bad I actually ended up in the ER. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find another antidepressant yet so back to having severe depression & suicidal thoughts almost every day. So far I've tried Effexor, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, mirtazepine, amitriptyline, nortriptyline but haven't found one which doesn't cause severe insomnia (and I mean not sleeping one minute for days)... so I conte F 30 2 years
2.5 - 5 mg 1X D
 5  Depression from husband died The only side effects that I have is that I stay tired all the time and sleep most of the day..But it does seem to help me I don't seem to cry as much as I did before I started taking it F 62 90 days
20 1X D
 1  Anxiety Racing thoughts, anxiety, sweating, dilated pupils, severe headache, nausea, dissociation, intrusive thoughts I woke up in the middle of the night to my thoughts racing out of control, I was sweating, I had a horrible headache, and I was having violent intrusive thoughts. It took an hour and a half to calm down but I was never able to go back to sleep- I felt wide awake. The headache stayed and I felt extremely nauseous, I couldn't be on my feet for more than a minute or two. My pupils were dilated different sizes and I had a lot of trouble focusing. I only took it the once and I don't think this is something I could suffer through for a week or two to try and help my anxiety, it was awful. I will try something else. F 27 1 days
5mg 1X D
 2  Anxiety Nausea Had significant nausea for the first week. Once the med started working, I became a zombie. I was certainly calm, but to the point of not caring about anything. I had almost no reaction to anything going on around me. It was like my personality had been removed. I felt as if I was just sitting in my body watching a movie I wasn't involved in. I quit dreaming - I would go to sleep at night and what seemed like five minutes later it was morning. It did work for my anxiety, but the other effects were not worth it for me. M 56 6 months
10mg 1X D
 1  Anxiety Major TMJ, blunt emotions, fast heart rate, anxiety, out of breathe easily, ocd, swollen tongue and tonsils. Does more harm then good. I developed such terrible TMJ that I couldn't make it through a meal because of my jaw getting so tired. I've never had any issues like this before. I developed ocd, once again never had this either. antidepressants cause more harm then good. It's like pick your poison either live with anxiety or live with anxiety plus ten other terrible side effects. I stopped taking it about a week ago and now have to go through withdrawals as my body tries to find balance. Never putting another chemical in my body again. F 2 months
10mg 1X D
 1  Major depression, anxiety, BPD It made my body feel extremely off. Like I had no control over it. I felt numb. Too numb. I have twitches. I feel uncomfortable. My body will have slight tightness almost. I'm exhausted but can't fall asleep. I can't stop yawing. I can't stop moving. I hate this. I hate this experience. I rather have manic episodes than this feeling ever again. F 19 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Had a breakdown Dizziness space out crying sweating no energy F 49 5 weeks
5mg 1X D
 5   None Worked just fine for me. M 70 9 years
20mg 1X D
 1  Anxiety Maybe this will help someone feel less alone. I started Lexapro on December 31st, 2020 at 10mg. Moved to 20 about 10 days later. I weighed 135 when I started (34 yo female- active and 5í5) and now weigh 145 or more depending on the day. Itís only been 3 months! My bras donít fit, my shirts are tight, none of my pants fit. even my underwear are tight! I donít think Iíve ever been this heavy. Nothing else in my life has changed but the addition of this medicine. I havenít felt a huge benefit either. To me, itís not worth it. Iíve always been lean and had a flat stomach. Now I feel embarrassed and flabby. My stomach always feel bloated and sticks out. Even my booty and upper thighs literally have fat that Iíve never had before. I donít recognize myself. Iím weaning off. F 34 3 days

LEXAPRO  (ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE):  Escitalopram is used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain. Escitalopram belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It may improve your energy level and feelings of well-being and decrease nervousness.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)