Common Lexapro Side Effects


The most commonly reported Lexapro side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Anxiety (258)
Suicidal Ideation (244)
Completed Suicide (242)
Depression (239)
Dizziness (228)
Nausea (218)
Convulsion (200)
Fatigue (183)
Condition Aggravated (157)
Headache (155)
Feeling Abnormal (143)
Insomnia (140)
Loss Of Consciousness (120)
Fall (118)
Pain (112)
Agitation (110)
Tremor (109)
Amnesia (109)
Diarrhoea (107)
Aggression (103)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Lexapro Side Effects Reported to FDA



Lexapro Side Effect Report#9963949
Altered State Of Consciousness
This is a report of a 83-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from DK, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression,dementia alzheimer^s type, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg, start time:
Dec 28, 2013), combined with:
  • Aricept (3 Mg)
  • Aricept (5 Mg)
  • Lotriga (2 Gram)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Altered State Of Consciousness after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Altered State Of Consciousness side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9934527
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Ventricular Extrasystoles
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 70-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from DK was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: depression and used Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg) starting
Dec 03, 2013. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Ventricular ExtrasystolesAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9934417
Coarctation Of The Aorta
This Coarctation Of The Aorta problem was reported by a health professional from DK. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On 201303 this consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Sertraline
  • Folic Acid
When using Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Coarctation Of The AortaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Coarctation Of The Aorta, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9921844
Amnesia
This Amnesia side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 42-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: 10 Mg/1 Pill Once Daily Taken By Mouth), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: AmnesiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9884860
Depression
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: NA, start time: 2000), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Depression after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Depression side effect.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9882673
Spina Bifida, Arnold-chiari Malformation, Talipes, Congenital Anomaly
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Spina Bifida side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 3.-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lexapro (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Spina Bifida, Arnold-chiari Malformation, Talipes, Congenital AnomalyAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Spina Bifida, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9856406
Pancytopenia
This Pancytopenia problem was reported by a health professional from DK. A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: obsessive-compulsive disorder,tension. On
Oct 24, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • U-pan (3 Mg)
  • Depromel (150 Mg)
  • Foliamin (15 Mg)
  • Invega (6 Mg)
When using Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: PancytopeniaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pancytopenia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9854042
Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type
This Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type side effect was reported by a health professional from DK. A 66-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Schizophrenia, Paranoid TypeThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9849397
Bone Loss, Osteoporosis, Product Substitution Issue, Condition Aggravated
This is a report of a 56-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: major depression,obsessive-compulsive disorder, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: NA, start time:
Aug 26, 2011), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Bone Loss, Osteoporosis, Product Substitution Issue, Condition Aggravated after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Bone Loss side effect.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9849216
Bundle Branch Block Left
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Bundle Branch Block Left side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety and used Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg) starting 2012. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Bundle Branch Block LeftAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Bundle Branch Block Left, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9849018
Eczema
This Eczema problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 45-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: EczemaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Eczema, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9847362
Activation Syndrome
This Activation Syndrome side effect was reported by a health professional from DK. A 55-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: 10 Mg), which was initiated on
Feb 03, 2012. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Activation SyndromeThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9837548
Anxiety, Heart Rate Increased, Panic Attack, Hyperventilation
This is a report of a 31-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: 1 Pill Taken By Mouth, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Anxiety, Heart Rate Increased, Panic Attack, Hyperventilation after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Anxiety side effect.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9833740
Dysgeusia, Dyspepsia, Hot Flush
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Dysgeusia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 57-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lexapro (dosage: NA) starting
Jul 09, 2013. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Dysgeusia, Dyspepsia, Hot FlushAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Adderall
  • Bupropion
  • Asa Low Dose Ec
  • Ampyra
  • Hctz/triamt
  • Tecfidera
  • Tecfidera
  • Tecfidera
Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Dysgeusia, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9825761
Dizziness, Nausea
This Dizziness problem was reported by a physician from US. A 43-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: depression. On
Jan 13, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Lexapro Or Escitalopram (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Lexapro Or Escitalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dizziness, NauseaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dizziness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9819275
Activation Syndrome, Off Label Use
This Activation Syndrome side effect was reported by a health professional from DK. A 14-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: 2.5 Mg), which was initiated on
Jan 29, 2014. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Activation Syndrome, Off Label UseThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9789995
Fracture, Bone Disorder, Impaired Work Ability
This is a report of a 53-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Fracture, Bone Disorder, Impaired Work Ability after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Fracture side effect.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9788701
Convulsion
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Convulsion side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from DK was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Lexapro (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: ConvulsionAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Convulsion, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9786410
Hepatic Function Abnormal
This Hepatic Function Abnormal problem was reported by a health professional from DK. A 70-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia of the alzheimer^s type, with depressed mood,paranoia. On
Aug 15, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Contomin (50 Mg)
  • Contomin
  • Contomin
  • Contomin
  • Risperdal (2 Mg)
  • Risperidone (3 Mg)
  • Tasmolin (3 Mg)
  • Tasmolin (3 Mg)
When using Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Hepatic Function AbnormalThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Hepatic Function Abnormal, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9786252
Visual Acuity Reduced, Corneal Opacity, Corneal Oedema, Ophthalmoplegia, Neuralgia, Diplopia, Pain In Extremity, Back Pain, Vitreous Floaters
This Visual Acuity Reduced side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 76-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: fibromyalgia,depression,hypertension.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: 10mg), which was initiated on 1983. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Visual Acuity Reduced, Corneal Opacity, Corneal Oedema, Ophthalmoplegia, Neuralgia, Diplopia, Pain In Extremity, Back Pain, Vitreous FloatersThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9781233
Product Substitution Issue
This is a report of a 5.-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: affective disorder,autism, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: NA, start time: 2010), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Product Substitution Issue after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in male patients, resulting in Product Substitution Issue side effect.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9781185
Weight Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Paraesthesia, Extrasystoles, Dizziness, Balance Disorder
This report suggests a potential Lexapro Weight Increased side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 41-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety,panic disorder,agoraphobia,depression,post-traumatic stress disorder,obsessive-compulsive disorder and used Lexapro (dosage: Taken By Mouth) starting
Jul 03, 2013. After starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Weight Increased, Blood Triglycerides Increased, Blood Cholesterol Increased, Paraesthesia, Extrasystoles, Dizziness, Balance DisorderAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Weight Increased, may still occur.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9772420
Swollen Tongue, Dyspnoea, Angioedema
This Swollen Tongue problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 89-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia,hypertension. On NS this consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: 1 Tablet). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lisinopril (Past 10 Years?1 Tablet Bid Oral)
When using Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Swollen Tongue, Dyspnoea, AngioedemaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Swollen Tongue, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9762023
Suicidal Ideation, Impaired Driving Ability, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Inappropriate Affect, Weight Increased, Food Craving, Paraesthesia, Asthenia
This Suicidal Ideation side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 54-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression.The patient was prescribed Lexapro (drug dosage: 10 Mg), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Suicidal Ideation, Impaired Driving Ability, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Inappropriate Affect, Weight Increased, Food Craving, Paraesthesia, AstheniaThese side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Lexapro Side Effect Report#9752785
Epilepsy
This is a report of a 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from DK, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression,anxiety,panic attack, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage: 10 Mg, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Epilepsy after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients, resulting in Epilepsy side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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The appearance of Lexapro on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Lexapro Side Effects for Women?

Women Side Effects Reports
Anxiety 181
Dizziness 167
Nausea 163
Depression 158
Suicidal Ideation 147
Fatigue 130
Convulsion 123
Headache 110
Feeling Abnormal 105
Pain 96

What are common Lexapro Side Effects for Men?

Men Side Effects Reports
Completed Suicide 157
Suicidal Ideation 96
Depression 81
Anxiety 76
Convulsion 76
Aggression 63
Gun Shot Wound 63
Condition Aggravated 62
Dizziness 61
Agitation 55

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    Lexapro Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC 0456-2005
    Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary Name Lexapro
    Name ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE
    Dosage Form TABLET, FILM COATED
    Route ORAL
    On market since 20020814
    Labeler Forest Laboratories, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s) ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE
    Strength(s) 5
    Unit(s) mg/1
    Pharma Class Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor [EPC],Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors [MoA]

    Lexapro Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 3499

    Lexapro safety alerts: 2007 2005

    Reported deaths: 398

    Reported hospitalizations: 1162

    Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)

    Audience: Consumers, healthcare professionals

    [Posted 02/16/2007] FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals regarding the possible dangers of buying prescription medications online. Individuals who ordered Ambien, Xanax, Lexapro, and Ativan over the internet received a product that contained haloperidol, a powerful anti-psychotic drug. Several consumers experienced difficulty in breathing, muscle spasms and muscle stiffness after ingesting the suspect product and had to seek emergency medical treatment. Haloperiodol can cause muscle stiffness, spasms, agitation and sedation. Taking medication that contains an active ingredient other than what is prescribed by qualified healthcare professionals is generally unsafe. FDA urges consumers to review the FDA website for additional information prior to making purchases of medications over the internet (http://www.fda.gov/buyonline/).

    [February 16, 2007 - News Release - FDA]

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