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Lexapro

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6.4
5.7  Effectiveness
5.2  Side Effects
6.6  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 7 Lexapro side effects and 5 Lexapro benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is escitalopram and brand name is Lexapro.
The active ingredients of this medication are Lexapro, escitalopram.
Mainly used in treating depression or generalized anxiety disorder.
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Effectiveness of Lexapro by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Lexapro, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 1% 16.8% 65.3% 13.9% 3%
Balance/Equilibrium 3.1% 14.4% 74.2% 8.2% 0%
Blood Pressure 1% 2.1% 91.7% 5.2% 0%
Breathing 1% 6.1% 84.8% 7.1% 1%
Confidence 3.7% 4.7% 48.6% 27.1% 15.9%
Coordination/Motor Skills 1% 7.9% 74.3% 13.9% 3%
Digestion 2% 9.2% 82.7% 4.1% 2%
Emotional Well-being 4.4% 12.4% 15.9% 31% 36.3%
Energy 0% 23.3% 44.7% 22.3% 9.7%
Eyesight 0% 9.2% 88.8% 1% 1%
Memory 4% 10% 72% 10% 4%
Mental Clarity 3.8% 6.7% 47.1% 29.8% 12.5%
Pain 3.1% 2% 87.8% 3.1% 4.1%
Patience 3.7% 9.2% 39.4% 29.4% 18.3%
Sexual Health 5% 20% 53% 15% 7%
Skin Complexion 2.1% 7.3% 87.5% 3.1% 0%
Sleep 4.8% 20.2% 41.3% 23.1% 10.6%
Stress Level 3.7% 11% 27.5% 38.5% 19.3%
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Commonly Reported Lexapro Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 78% 10% 10% 2% 0%
Allergic Reaction 96.8% 2.2% 0% 1.1% 0%
Anxiety 65.3% 20% 6.3% 6.3% 2.1%
Blurred Vision 81.2% 12.5% 0% 0% 6.2%
Breathing Difficulties 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 59.2% 16.3% 8.2% 11.2% 5.1%
Change in Weight 62.2% 18.9% 13.5% 5.4% 0%
Cold Symptoms 87.5% 12.5% 0% 0% 0%
Confusion 87.5% 6.2% 6.2% 0% 0%
Constipation 90% 6.2% 2.5% 0% 1.2%
Coordination / Balance Problems 66.7% 0% 0% 33.3% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 66.7% 0% 0% 33.3% 0%
Depression 62.5% 25% 6.2% 6.2% 0%
Diarrhea 86.6% 8.2% 4.1% 1% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 91.4% 6.9% 1.7% 0% 0%
Dizziness 65.2% 18% 12.4% 1.1% 3.4%
Drowsiness 68.1% 19.1% 6.4% 6.4% 0%
Dry Mouth 75.8% 16.8% 5.3% 2.1% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 92% 2% 2% 0% 4%
Eye / Vision Problems 75% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Fatigue 62.9% 22.5% 3.4% 7.9% 3.4%
Fever 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 81.2% 6.2% 0% 12.5% 0%
Headache 63% 20% 10% 1% 6%
Increased Urination 33.3% 33.3% 33.3% 0% 0%
Indigestion 50% 25% 0% 0% 25%
Insomnia 66.7% 20.2% 5.1% 4% 4%
Irregular Heartbeat 80% 13.3% 6.7% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 71.3% 12.6% 8% 4.6% 3.4%
Mood Swings 60% 26.7% 0% 6.7% 6.7%
Movement Problems 50% 25% 25% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 86.7% 6.7% 6.7% 0% 0%
Nausea 70.8% 16.7% 7.3% 2.1% 3.1%
Nervousness 70.5% 14.7% 8.4% 4.2% 2.1%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 70% 10% 8% 8% 4%
Sensitivity to Light 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 73.3% 6.7% 5% 6.7% 8.3%
Stomach Ache 86.7% 13.3% 0% 0% 0%
Sweating 78.8% 6.1% 9.1% 6.1% 0%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Tremors 92.9% 3.6% 3.6% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Lexapro Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 93.9% 6.1% 0% 0% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 90.9% 6.1% 3% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 88.6% 10.1% 0% 1.3% 0%
Change in Weight 64.1% 15.6% 10.9% 7.8% 1.6%
Chest Pain 75% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Confusion 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Coordination / Balance Problems 85.7% 10.7% 3.6% 0% 0%
Depression 92.9% 7.1% 0% 0% 0%
Disorientation 84.8% 12.1% 3% 0% 0%
Dizziness 54.5% 27.3% 18.2% 0% 0%
Double Vision 89.3% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 0%
Dry Eyes 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Energy Loss 75.8% 15.2% 3% 6.1% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 75% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 0%
Fainting 97% 0% 3% 0% 0%
Fatigue 54.5% 18.2% 18.2% 9.1% 0%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 87.9% 6.1% 6.1% 0% 0%
Hallucinations 96.4% 3.6% 0% 0% 0%
Impaired Thinking / Judgment 87.9% 6.1% 6.1% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 82.5% 3.2% 7.9% 6.3% 0%
Indigestion 93.9% 3% 3% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 66.7% 11.1% 22.2% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 98.3% 1.7% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 72% 8% 8% 8% 4%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 60% 30% 10% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 60% 40% 0% 0% 0%
Skin Problems 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Slow Reflexes 93.9% 3% 3% 0% 0%
Slurred Speech 97% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 87.1% 1.6% 3.2% 4.8% 3.2%
Tremors 66.7% 0% 0% 33.3% 0%
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Episodes since taking Lexapro
Since taking Lexapro Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 3.2%
Blindness 1.3%
Fall 3.2%
Hospitalization 1.9%
Seizure 0.6%
Stroke 0.6%
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User Comments about Lexapro
22 Feb 2018 before I started to take Lexapro, I was skeptical about it. I didn't think it would work and I was worried to be taking it. Then I started to take it and it took some time to work but it has really helped me. I only take it for anxiety not depression, however it has made me be more positive on things and helped me lift up my spirits when in a bad mood. There were tons of side effects for me. but the one that really got to me was insomnia and difficulty orgasming. These side effects will wear off the more you take it. but if you're really having by ones or things are getting worse for you, I suggest you talk with your doctor. Other than that I 100% recommend taking this drug to help your anxiety or depression. You WILL thank me later!
   —Posted by Noelle Wescott
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21 Aug 2016 Before use I was very stressed out, irritable,and very easily angered.Since taking it I enjoy conversations that I usually would not tolerate and just walk away or say something in defence of my negative impressions. IM enloying the more settled life style.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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18 Jul 2015 For me Lexapro was of great help. It reduced my major depression and obsessions significantly. Lexapro is much better than Paroxetine, Duloxetine in terms of sideffects (both of which have so much sideffects atleast for me). Paxil and duloxetine have many bad reports from users. Best to start with Lexapro, Sertraline Or Fluxetine. These have been shown to be most safer for all in general
   —Posted by Max12
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17 Jan 2013 Makes me extremely sick to my stomach, sometimes to the point of vomiting, about 30 minutes after taking it.
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17 Oct 2012 I had started off with 20mg after feeling very anious, I talked with my doctor about decreasing to 10mg after 3 days of ten I have noticed Im not feeling to good a little moody and dizzy
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