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 1,203 588
Major Depressive Disorder 982 537
Anxious mood 639 413
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 126 133
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 98 79
Mild Depression 87 66

Show all 159 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 121
Moderate 269
Mild 375
None 647

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Sex drive (libido) decreased 113
Weight gain 99
Fatigue 48
Apathy 39
Brain fog 33
Insomnia 33

Show all 273 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 179
10 mg daily 145
5 mg daily 28
30 mg daily 24
40 mg daily 13
15 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 5
5 mg twice daily 3
5 mg/5 mL daily 2
100 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 478
Doctor's advice 295
Side effects too severe 280
Other 215
Expense 107
Course of treatment ended 69
Personal research 53
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1112 patients who’ve stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 155
1 - 6 months 261
6 months - 1 year 214
1 - 2 years 194
2 - 5 years 203
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1142
Usually 200
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 78
A little hard to take 187
Not at all hard to take 1107
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 33
$50-99 85
$25-49 219
< $25 497
Not specified 570

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 56
Citalopram (Celexa) 52
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 46
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 27
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 27

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 50
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 21
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 18
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 15

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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130 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

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rose5
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rose5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
Parkinson's

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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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Zana_Di
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Zana_Di
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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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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poppysmom
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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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

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