133 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

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Oct 22, 2008 (Started Oct 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido), apathy)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: apathy, decreased sex drive (libido)

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Oct 7, 2008 (Started May 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dizziness

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Sep 15, 2008 (Started Jan 02, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased sex drive (libido), weight gain, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: adding alcohol (even 1-2 glasses a week) can cause the unexpected side effects that i mentioned when i accidently miss a dose. the experience is usually transient so i refain from drinking.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain, fatigue, decreased sex drive (libido)

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Sep 2, 2008 (Started Feb 03, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: nausea, decreased sex drive (libido), headaches

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 20, 2008 (Started May 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Apr 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Jan 07, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for emotional lability)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mood swings)
  • Side effects
    Mild (somnolence)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: somnolence

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2005 (Started Jun 12, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 23, 2004 (Started Dec 23, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was forced onto this as a teen. I had been going through a lot of dysfunctional situations in my household, and really what I had needed was someone to talk to and encourage me because I didn't have that. I was stressed and often distant from family, but for legitimate reasons: having my weight/appearance criticized by them, not being able to communicate with schoolmates other than via internet, very strict guidelines of staying at home most of the time, and being told I would never succeed in an art career. The pills made me feel blank and zombified, made my head feel fuzzy and I could no longer sleep at night. Began heavily craving sweets and had a weight increase to 145 pounds which was unacceptable at home. This increased the teasing and only masked the actual problems. My advice, especially for parents/guardians is to not force someone who's underage onto a drug when they do not want it. It can negatively alter the way the brain forms and create drug dependency, some emotional problems resolve themselves past adolescence, and with behavioral therapy. Forcing someone onto something against their will can even further intensify emotional problems and learned helplessness. Putting that option out there for them is one thing, maybe even suggesting a trial period. Forcing is another thing altogether.

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