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 1,276 636
Major depressive disorder 1,108 608
Anxious mood 711 468
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 142 137
Generalized anxiety disorder 103 94
Mild depression 92 74

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 136
Moderate 284
Mild 421
None 718

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 131
Weight gain 106
Fatigue 52
Apathy 40
Dry mouth 37
Insomnia 36

Show all 285 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 188
10 mg daily 145
5 mg daily 33
30 mg daily 16
15 mg daily 12
40 mg daily 9
20 mg twice daily 5
10 mg twice daily 4
5 mg/5 mL daily 3
2.5 mg daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 535
Doctor's advice 328
Side effects too severe 302
Other 222
Expense 107
Course of treatment ended 76
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1205 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 31
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 71
2 - 5 years 109
5 - 10 years 100
10 years or more 63

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 190
1 - 6 months 262
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 212
2 - 5 years 221
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1264
Usually 218
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 44
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 86
A little hard to take 203
Not at all hard to take 1228
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 90
$25-49 223
< $25 574
Not specified 630

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Citalopram (Celexa) 75
Sertraline (Zoloft) 75
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 59
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 33

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 60
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 37
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 23
Sertraline (Zoloft) 21

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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133 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

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

Apr 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slowed thinking, paranoia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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