A 45-year-old female asked:
Was prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. severe depression/anxiety.please advise on this drug the good and bad.iknoweveryonediff?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctoranswered
The good: It works for both depression and generalized anxiety, has few drug-drug interactions and a mild side effect profile compared with some others. It works as well as any of the other antidepressants. The down side, is a mild chance of tiredness or insomnia (managed by correctly timing the dose), some risk like most of delayed orgasm, mild hand tremor, upset stomach. Overall very well tolerated.
4.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dr Jacobson gave: you some great input. I have found Lexapro to have fewer side effects than other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It can be very effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety. I hope that you get over your fear so that you can accept help.
512 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
DEPRESSION: It is important to find the correct combination of medications with your Psychiatrist. Medications alone are not sufficient since they do not teach you coping mechanisms. Psychotherapy with a Clinical Psychologist can help you find ways to handle stress that will help your medications to work better. It is appropriate to obtain a second opinion from a Psychiatrist if you have concerns about meds.
132 viewsAnswered Oct 14, 2019
Last updated Feb 20, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.