What is Escitalopram?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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.

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 1306 671
Major depressive disorder 1179 632
Anxious mood 757 495
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 143 127
Generalized anxiety disorder 117 107
Mild depression 96 77

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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 144
Moderate 296
Mild 427
None 772

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased sex drive (libido) 131
Weight gain 114
Fatigue 57
Apathy 43
Dry mouth 38
Insomnia 36

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 81
10 mg daily 52
5 mg daily 13
40 mg daily 8
15 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
1.25 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 570
Doctor's advice 343
Side effects too severe 318
Other 227
Expense 105
Course of treatment ended 77
Personal research 67
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1261 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 200
1 - 6 months 268
6 months - 1 year 231
1 - 2 years 217
2 - 5 years 237
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1329
Usually 231
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 43
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 92
A little hard to take 220
Not at all hard to take 1285
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 89
$25-49 222
< $25 602
Not specified 684

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Citalopram (Celexa) 86
Sertraline (Zoloft) 85
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 70
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 47
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 40

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 65
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 44
Sertraline (Zoloft) 32
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 29
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 26

Show all 39 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

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