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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 1,268 627
Major depressive disorder 1,107 602
Anxious mood 704 460
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 141 135
Generalized anxiety disorder 104 93
Mild depression 93 72

Show all 156 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 134
Moderate 283
Mild 415
None 712

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 105
Weight gain 105
Fatigue 51
Apathy 40
Dry mouth 36
Anxious mood 35

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 177
10 mg daily 139
5 mg daily 36
15 mg daily 17
30 mg daily 17
40 mg daily 12
20 mg twice daily 6
5 mg/5 mL daily 4
10 mg twice daily 4
0.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 532
Doctor's advice 325
Side effects too severe 300
Other 220
Expense 106
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 63
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1199 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 57
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 110
5 - 10 years 94
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 192
1 - 6 months 262
6 months - 1 year 220
1 - 2 years 210
2 - 5 years 218
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1251
Usually 217
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 43
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 84
A little hard to take 203
Not at all hard to take 1215
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 90
$25-49 221
< $25 570
Not specified 621

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 75
Citalopram (Celexa) 73
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 58
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) 61
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 33
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 23
Sertraline (Zoloft) 21

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching to

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134 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

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 and comprehension, 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

Jul 1, 2017 (Started Apr 22, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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