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Is lexapro (escitalopram) an effective treatment for ocd?

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Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 44 years experience
OCD help: Lexapro (escitalopram) is one of many SSRI (serotonin-boosting) meds commonly used to treat OCD. It may be effective for some. There is no one 'best' med to treat OCD. Some variables that may influence response to Lexapro (escitalopram) and similar meds are: life stresses, other medications taken, co-existing depression. Good overview of OCD: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml#part_145350 I hope this helps.
Dr. Elena Padrell
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Yes, not best: OCD's, optimum treatment is a combo of high doses SSRI's, i.e. either escitalopram (lexapro) or fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, citalopram, fluvoxamine or chlomipramine (choice depends on side effect profile) and Cognitive bahavioral therapy. Any agent used is to be increased to max tolerated dose til optimal therapeutic response. Anxiolitics, like clonazepam can be added if needed.

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