What is Escitalopram?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Lexapro Cipralex Lexamil Show all

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Escitalopram is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is primarily used to treat anxiety and major depressive disorder. It may also be used for mild agitation in patients with dementia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 10709 657
Depressed mood 1481 697
Anxious mood 877 513
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 666 131
Mild depression 496 81
Generalized anxiety disorder 139 115

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 148
Moderate 303
Mild 439
None 812

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 135
Weight gain 118
Fatigue 57
Apathy 43
Dry mouth 39
Nausea 38

Show all 259 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 33
10 mg daily 26
1 tablet(s) daily 2
2.5 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 2
15 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
7.5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 597
Doctor's advice 361
Side effects too severe 344
Other 242
Expense 109
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 70
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1340 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 204
1 - 6 months 268
6 months - 1 year 230
1 - 2 years 218
2 - 5 years 244
5 - 10 years 91
10 years or more 34
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1378
Usually 240
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 46
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 229
Not at all hard to take 1334
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 10
$100-199 33
$50-99 91
$25-49 226
< $25 623
Not specified 719

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 100
Citalopram (Celexa) 97
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 75
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 55
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 49

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 106
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 75
Sertraline (Zoloft) 62
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 46
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) 44

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching to

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134 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 31, 2019 (Started Apr 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Jun 16, 2018 (Started Apr 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: some neuropathic pain reduction

  • 1 helpful mark

May 19, 2018 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: IF YOU READ MY BIO, YOU WILL SEE HOW BAD ALL OF 2014 WAS, AND HOW BAD 2015 IS. FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH, NOTHING IS HELPING MY DEPRESSION.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 28, 2016 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: IF YOU READ MY BIO, YOU WILL SEE HOW BAD ALL OF 2014 WAS, AND HOW BAD 2015 IS. FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH, NOTHING IS HELPING MY DEPRESSION.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 11, 2014 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The Lexapro is still helping me get through most of my "bad days"; but I am having more bad than good days this year. I have been through quite a few health issues.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been more depressed & upset lately due to added health issues, so I don't feel that the Lexapro helps me a lot when I am really depressed; so I don't know if it is me or the drug. I really don't think any drug can help you all the time.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 1, 2009 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take 20mg of Lexapro in the morning because of depression and stress. It seems to be helping and doing it's job.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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