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 1,243 611
Major depressive disorder 1,066 580
Anxious mood 678 445
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 133 130
Generalized anxiety disorder 100 86
Mild depression 91 69

Show all 148 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 131
Moderate 277
Mild 400
None 688

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 103
Weight gain 102
Fatigue 50
Apathy 40
Insomnia 35
Anxious mood 33

Show all 275 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 158
10 mg daily 128
5 mg daily 38
30 mg daily 16
40 mg daily 15
15 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 5
5 mg/5 mL daily 2
25 mg daily 2
400 mg daily 2

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 515
Doctor's advice 315
Side effects too severe 293
Other 216
Expense 107
Course of treatment ended 71
Personal research 61
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1167 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 97
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 58

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 166
1 - 6 months 268
6 months - 1 year 225
1 - 2 years 204
2 - 5 years 212
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1212
Usually 209
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 42
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 82
A little hard to take 193
Not at all hard to take 1180
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 88
$25-49 220
< $25 546
Not specified 600

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 69
Citalopram (Celexa) 68
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 55
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 34
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 28

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 60
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 29
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 22
Sertraline (Zoloft) 19
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 17

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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129 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

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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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

Sep 5, 2016 (Started Sep 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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