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Was prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. severe depression/anxiety.please advise on this drug the good and bad.iknoweveryonediff?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Great input!
Oct 14, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
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.

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