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 1,284 648
Major depressive disorder 1,124 626
Anxious mood 713 474
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 144 140
Generalized anxiety disorder 105 98
Mild depression 92 74

Show all 151 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 140
Moderate 287
Mild 426
None 740

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Escitalopram

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 130
Weight gain 108
Fatigue 52
Apathy 40
Dry mouth 37
Insomnia 36

Show all 239 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Escitalopram

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 141
10 mg daily 126
5 mg daily 34
40 mg daily 13
15 mg daily 11
30 mg daily 10
20 mg twice daily 5
2.5 mg daily 2
5 mg/5 mL daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Escitalopram

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 545
Doctor's advice 333
Side effects too severe 305
Other 224
Expense 107
Course of treatment ended 78
Personal research 65
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1221 patients who've stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration

Currently taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 89
10 years or more 61

Stopped taking Escitalopram

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 192
1 - 6 months 265
6 months - 1 year 226
1 - 2 years 209
2 - 5 years 225
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1295
Usually 220
Sometimes 34
Never taken as prescribed 44
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 87
A little hard to take 209
Not at all hard to take 1255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 33
$50-99 90
$25-49 223
< $25 591
Not specified 647

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Escitalopram after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Citalopram (Celexa) 80
Sertraline (Zoloft) 78
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 60
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 40
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 37

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Escitalopram and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 63
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 38
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 25
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 24
Sertraline (Zoloft) 23

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching to

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135 patient evaluations for Escitalopram

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 16, 2018 (Started Apr 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: some neuropathic pain reduction

  • 1 helpful mark

May 19, 2018 (Started Oct 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (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

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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