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
Depressed mood 1,261 622
Major depressive disorder 1,101 596
Anxious mood 694 456
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 139 134
Generalized anxiety disorder 104 89
Mild depression 93 72

Show all 155 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
132
Moderate
284
Mild
409
None
705

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 106
Decreased sex drive (libido) 105
Fatigue 51
Apathy 40
Dry mouth 35
Insomnia 35

Show all 277 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 171
10 mg daily 159
5 mg daily 34
30 mg daily 14
40 mg daily 14
15 mg daily 10
20 mg twice daily 5
5 mg/5 mL daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
5 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 526
Doctor's advice 322
Side effects too severe 299
Other 220
Expense 106
Course of treatment ended 74
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1191 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 98
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 187
1 - 6 months 261
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 208
2 - 5 years 218
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1241
Usually 214
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 42
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 83
A little hard to take 200
Not at all hard to take 1206
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 88
$25-49 222
< $25 560
Not specified 618

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 75
Citalopram (Celexa) 71
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 56
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 37
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 33

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 62
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 33
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 24
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 23
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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131 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

Feb 6, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness, anxious mood, worsening depression)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Dec 27, 2016 (Started Mar 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, headaches, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, upset stomach, headaches

Apr 6, 2009 (Started Mar 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, headaches, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, upset stomach, headaches

Apr 3, 2009 (Started Mar 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, upset stomach, headaches

Mar 27, 2009 (Started Mar 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, upset stomach, headaches

Mar 18, 2009 (Started Mar 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg/5 mL Daily
Side effects: tremor in hands, upset stomach, headaches

  • 0 helpful marks
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