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 1,258 617
Major depressive disorder 1,094 590
Anxious mood 692 453
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 137 131
Generalized anxiety disorder 105 88
Mild depression 92 69

Show all 152 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
282
Mild
404
None
700

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 103
Weight gain 103
Fatigue 50
Apathy 40
Insomnia 35
Dry mouth 34

Show all 277 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 177
10 mg daily 147
5 mg daily 41
30 mg daily 17
40 mg daily 14
15 mg daily 12
20 mg twice daily 4
400 mg daily 3
5 mg/5 mL daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 524
Doctor's advice 322
Side effects too severe 298
Other 219
Expense 106
Course of treatment ended 72
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1186 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 56
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 112
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 186
1 - 6 months 260
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 207
2 - 5 years 217
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1230
Usually 213
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 197
Not at all hard to take 1198
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 88
$25-49 222
< $25 555
Not specified 611

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 74
Citalopram (Celexa) 71
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 55
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 31

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 61
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 32
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 23
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 22
Sertraline (Zoloft) 20

Show all 36 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

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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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