How effective is Lexapro for Pmdd (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder)?
Summary: 8 Lexapro users have rated its effectiveness for Pmdd.
Overall ratings: 3.6/5
Long term ratings: 3.8/5
This is a review of how effective Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is for Pmdd and for what kind of people. The study is created by eHealthMe and is updated continuously.
You are not alone: join a mobile support group for people who take Lexapro for Pmdd >>>
What is Lexapro
Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Lexapro 39,406 users)
Pmdd can be treated by Prozac, Yaz, Fluoxetine Hydrochloride, Zoloft, Sertraline Hydrochloride, Fluoxetine. (latest reports from Pmdd 382 patients)
On Dec, 18, 2014: 8 people are studied for taking Lexapro in Pmdd
Lexapro effectiveness for Pmdd (number of people):
|not at all||somewhat||moderate||high||very high |
Age of people who take Lexapro for Pmdd * :
Who find Lexapro more effective for Pmdd?
Age of people who find Lexapro more effective * :
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
Find out which drug is more effective in real world to treat:
What do you think? Post a comment.
Want to personalize this study to your gender and age? Start now.
Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):
- Has anyone been helped by taking lexapro and wellbutrin? (1 answer)
I am the mom of a 22 year old who is trying to get through college and can't seem to find the right meds for depression. She is taking Lexapro and I am wondering if adding Wellbutrin will help.
- Can my eye twitch be because of lexapro?
So I have had symptoms of anxiety and depression due to a lot of stressors and disasters that happened in my life over the past two years. As my anxiety got worse after a breast biopsy, I started freaking out and thinking I may have MS because my sister has MS. So I went to my GP and she decided my symptoms do not follow the symptoms of MS or any similar problem and it should most likely be anxiety. She put me on Lexapro and Clonazepam. At first I was very hesitant to take medication but as my symptoms got worse I decided to give it a try. I was on Lexopro 5 mg for about two months and then I went to 10 mg, and I would take 1 or 2 Clonazepam a day. And this all started 5 months ago. And things seemed to be working just fine.Until about two months ago I started having this freaking annoying eye twitch on my upper left eyelid. I have had eye twitches before but they always go away after a couple of days or a week top. This one has been lasting for 2 months now and seems to be just getting worse. I went to the GP and my eye doctor and they still found no cause and said it's probably stress and anxiety. I have not been overly stressed and I get plenty of sleep, 10 hrs or more! and I stopped taking caffeine and alcohol after the twitch started. Any idea? Could it be because of medication? I also need to add I have had thumb twitching and severe spasms in my muscles around my right thumb starting in May (before taking any medication).
- My mom is 88. she takes lexapro in the evening. she wakes up hallucinating. it's starting to get to her. what should i try for her?
My mom has been taking Lexapro for about 2 1/2 to 3 months. She was taking it in the morning and her therapist felt it was making her drowsy. I began giving it to her before bed, and I believe that is when she started waking up during the night with hallucinations. I'm not sure if they are vivid dreams that carry over when she awakens, or if she wakes up and sees visions. I do not want to change her meds, if possible. This combination of Aricept, Namenda and Lexapro have allowed her to be sharper mentally than she has in a number of years. Except for the hallucinations, it's been nothing short of amazing. Please help. Thank you
- Has anybody who is on cipralex or lexapro been diagnosed with pancreatic cyst❓
I was on cipralex for a year. Last week a large pancreatic cyst 7 cm was found incidentally. In the past I have been hospitalized because of kidney reaction to tetracycline antibiotic
- My doctor prescribed citalopram for depression but l have myasthenia gravis is the ol
Could anyone help, my doctor has given me citalopram for depression but I have myasthenia gravis is this ok I have read it might not be safe?
More questions for: Lexapro, Pmdd
You may be interested at these reviews (Write a review):
- Escitalopram /narcolepsy
Began taking escitalopram one month ago. Having narcoleptic type sleep incidents as well as unwanted suicidal thoughts. Legs and arms also go out. Sleeping up to thirteen or more hours per day.
- Yaz was the cause of increasing my pmdd, pms, irritability and depression symptoms
I had taken Ortho Novum 777 from the age of 18 to 28 stopping in-between pregnancies. I had 3 children between the ages of 21 and 29.
In my early 30's I decided to stop taking birth control pills simply because I 'thought' it would be a healthier thing to do for my body. I did know that unless I was taking Ortho Novum that my period were not the standard 28 day routine. They were irregular and would be anywhere from 28 to 38 days. The longer the time in between periods the worse the pms symptoms would be. My theory is most likely because of the extended time between when I perceived a period and when I actually got it. It could very well have been psychosomatic but when my period would finally arrive, irritability and bloating would subside within a day or two. It was like a reset button and relief. I was calmer, more rational, even Kiel and motivated.
In addition to the irregular pattern of my periods when off if birth control pills I also experienced pms twice a month. It would happen mid month when I was ovulating. The ovulation would be uncomfortable, I'd feel bloated again, and the cramps were painful. I'd move from ovulation week of irritability to PMS week of even greater irritability. I'd be waiting and counting down til my period was suppose to happen in anticipation of relief.
I remember age 32 being significant for some reason. Upon reflecting back over the years while seeking treatment for a solution out of the psyco cycle I remember referring to age 32 as the year that things were never the same as they were in my 20's.
Mid 30's I had asked my ob/gyn if I could go back on the Ortho Novum 777. I was told that I was too old. This was early 2000's, 2003 or 2004. I was given a different birth control pill that he recommended and I tried that for a while but it wasn't making things better and I don't remember the exact details. I tried bio identical hormones... That wasn't really helpful either, it was more work and a long process that I stuck with for at least a year trying to get the formula right. I finally threw the towel in on that.
Then a different ob/gyn suggested I try progesterone only. He prescribed a pink round ball of a pill. I was to take it the last 10 days of the month. I tried that for 3 or 4 months, it wasn't making things better... in fact I think it made it worse. Then I went cold turkey again for the better part of a year. At age 37, after not finding a doctor that was helping the situation I decided to find a doctor in AZ. I live full time in CA but had a vacation home in AZ so I thought I'd try that for a change.
I did find a doctor and she prescribed yaz 24 day. She said it should help me as it has helped many other women. I took the yaz for a little better than a year and psychologically I thought I had a winner! This doctor sounded like she knew my problems and that this was the solution. Alas it was not. I remember feeling the most depressed is ever felt. I didn't think it had anything to do with the yaz, I figured it was just life. When I returned to that doctor after a year I explained my situation. She then recommended that I get an ablation!?! I was never a heavy bleeder and it makes no sense to have that done, but she sold me on the idea that it would help my problem. I realize now she was doing exactly that, selling. I'm sure it was a nice payment from the insurance company.
None of my issues were solved. I had stopped taking the yaz or any birth control at that point. My period were non existent after boiling my uterus in boiling water, which is what the ablation is. And to this day my period is hardly worth talking about or being prepared for. It's spotting for a couple 3 days at best. With regard to my symptoms, the pms, pmdd, extreme irritability, depression all that stayed the same. I tried Seasonal for about 2 months and that was not good, it seemed to 'amp' the 'hot' - not physically hot but an irritable term I use to describe the upped level my nerves set at.
I did exercise pretty regularly during all if this. The times I wasn't exercising were over the top as far as pmdd symptoms so that motivates you to get your rear to the gym. On the Yaz 24 day I knew something wasn't right. At day 14 I'd feel the symptoms if ovulation, not imagined but real. I was slightly irritable and had cramps for 2 to 3 days. At day 17, a Wednesday the irritability would ramp up and the depression would start to be present for the next 2 weeks.
The following Wednesday was day 24, that was the last day of taking the pill. I did get a bit of relief after stopping the pill and 4 days later I resumed taking the next months pack on Sunday. The thing is I wouldn't get my period until Tuesday after I started the new pack? I know that my period should have happened between day 24 and 28 but it never did. It always started on day 31 or 32 and lasted 2 to 3 days. Then the whole cycle begins again with day 14.
On Yaz 24
Day 1 Sunday
Day 3 or 4 Tuesday and my period would start.
Day 5 or 6 my period ended
Day 14 - Day 17 ovulation type cramping
Day 17 irritability started ramping up into PMS, PMDD & Depression
Symptoms were worse without exercise by at least 40%
Day 24 Wednesday, last day of Yaz pack for the month
Day 25 slight mood improvement
Day 30-31 (same as Day 3/4above) period would start
The ob/gyn expertise wasn't working, male or female. I went to my regular general practitioner for a check up and had done much research on the type of hormones in the Yaz, Yasmin and many others. I was convinced that I need to move over to Yasmin 21 day. It had a but more estrogen and it was only 21 instead of 24 days so worth a try.
She asked me when the last time I felt 'normal' with regard to the hormones. I told her that as far as I can recall it was when I was in my 20's when I was taking the Ortho Novum 777. She said why don't we have you start taking that again! I was like, what? I explained I was told I could not take that because of my age and I thought some doctor had told me it had been discontinued years ago anyway. She said no, I can prescribe it to you, it's still available. I was a little excited about that. Maybe... just maybe that would be a solution for relief. My blood pressure is 100/70 always has been low, I don't smoke and I'm 5' 8", 150 pounds. She saw no reason for me not to try it again. We agreed that I would and if it didn't go well we'd try the Yasmin.
I've been in the Ortho Novum, my package and brand saying Alyacen 7/7/7 for 3 weeks now. Today is Sunday and I stop taking active pills for 7 days now. At day 7 or so I noticed how much easier it was becoming to get out of bed in the morning. I began noticing I had an interest in getting something done. I didn't have a big heavy cloud urging me to just stay in bed. I started feeling alive again.
The jury is still out and I have ordered a second months supply but I am deeply encouraged. During week 3 I have been crampier than on the yaz but in a very normal feeling way. Like my body is preparing for menstruation. I'm anticipating bleeding heavier than I'm used to, but in a good way. The cramping has been something I definitely notice much much more so but it's manageable. What I also notice is lack...... huge overwhelming lack of that horrible irritability. I'm more sensitive than weeks one and two but it's nothing by comparison. I've been more level headed, more 'normal'. Time will tell if this is my cure for the next 6 or so years but I'm extremely encouraged right now. I literally feel the best I have in years and there is some pretty crapy stressful things going on in my life. But I can handle them-
Side note, I am a Type A personality. I am under a lot of stress running my own business often. I am a mother of 3 and a very capable woman. Watch out world if I'm back like my 20's nothing will stop me. I'm positive, excited and thankful for this moment.
It stinks if this is this truly is the solution to my problem, as years of my life and those around me have been effected. But it does no good to look back I'm looking forward with great anticipation!
Good Luck, I hope this monologue can help someone else just like me and I'll be saving a copy for future female generations of mine.
- Lexapro and memory loss
I actually have no idea what other medicine I was on the week I took Lexapro, it was back at the end of February 2014 right before I checked myself into the psych hospital. I formed no memory for a whole week just because of one drug! My friends and family tell me what happened that week and I have called them a liar because there is no recall from that week! I have been on psychiatric drugs for over 14 years and have never had such a horrible reaction as I did with Lexapro! The side effects do not include this reaction, but I didn't sleep at all that week or so I am told and there is just nothing, not even a little memory. Take this as you will I am not saying everyone gets this side effect I am just saying it is not impossible. I learned a lesson I don't remember, but will never take Lexapro again! It was dangerous for me!
- Patients having false positives while on remeron
I have had a few patients complain they are failing drug tests for Amphetamines while on remeron, and have claimed to have not used any type of Amphetamine or any (Mixed Salts). These patients are all or were on probation, parole, or under some stipulation. Iv realized most of these patients are taking another psych med. The list consists of insomnia meds such as Ambien(zolpidem), Sonata(zaleplon),Lunesta(eszopiclone). Also the Anti-Depressants Lexapro (escitalopram)and Prozac (fluoxetine). One of my patients was on Diazepam (Valium). I have switched medicines, particularly the Ambien, Lexapro, and Prozac have reversed the false negative. I prescribe many of my patients remeron. I'm a big believer in its effects on my patients moods and everyday depression. I have heard this happening before, but this was the first time I have ever had this happen to one of my own patients.(These were 5 separate patients in the span of 16 months) Of course none of these patients were criminalized based on lab results, but the issue still lies there. I know this is common for a lot of script meds to give false positives for narcotics. This is just obviously one I am putting out there. Let me know if anyone has experienced something similar.
- Yes, lexapro does cause tinnitus! (1 response)
Whenever I forget to take my Lexapro in the morning, I get a high pitched ringing in my ears which starts around 1:00 pm, which won't go away until a few hours after I take the drug. Once I was out of the medication and I almost screamed because the ringing got so bad! I don't think it is as "rare" in the listed side effects as the manufacturer states.
More reviews for: Lexapro, Pmdd
Comments from related studies:
NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients and brand name. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are NOT considered.
WARNING: Please DO NOT STOP MEDICATIONS without first consulting a physician since doing so could be hazardous to your health.
DISCLAIMER: All material available on eHealthMe.com is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. All information is observation-only, and has not been supported by scientific studies or clinical trials unless otherwise stated. Different individuals may respond to medication in different ways. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. The use of the eHealthMe site and its content is at your own risk.
You may report adverse side effects to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
If you use this eHealthMe study on publication, please acknowledge it with a citation: study title, URL, accessed date.