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 1,202 587
Major Depressive Disorder 978 535
Anxious mood 638 412
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 374
None 646

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 186
10 mg daily 141
5 mg daily 25
30 mg daily 24
40 mg daily 14
15 mg daily 10
20 mg twice daily 4
5 mg twice daily 3
5 mg/5 mL daily 2
25 mg daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 477
Doctor's advice 294
Side effects too severe 278
Other 214
Expense 107
Course of treatment ended 69
Personal research 53
Change in health plan coverage 39
See all 1109 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 68
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 68

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 154
1 - 6 months 261
6 months - 1 year 213
1 - 2 years 193
2 - 5 years 203
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1140
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 1105
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 33
$50-99 85
$25-49 219
< $25 496
Not specified 569

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 56
Citalopram (Celexa) 52
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 45
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) 49
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 21
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 18
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 14

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
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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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