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Lexapro vs mirtazapine, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 60

This is personalized comparison of Lexapro vs mirtazapine for a male aged 60. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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What are the drugs

Lexapro (latest outcomes from 39,286 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.

Mirtazapine (latest outcomes from 17,884 users) has active ingredients of mirtazapine. It is often used in depression.

On May, 14, 2014: 3,991 male patients aged 55 who take the same drugs are studied in Lexapro vs mirtazapine

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male55Depression

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Lexapro escitalopram oxalatenot specified
mirtazapine mirtazapinenot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 55 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lexapromirtazapine
DepressionDepression
AnxietyAnxiety
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes, caused by a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin)
PainDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
DizzinessFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Headache (pain in head)Weight Decreased
Weight DecreasedChest Pain

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lexapromirtazapine
DepressionHypertension (high blood pressure)
AnxietyNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Suicidal IdeationAtrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)
PainAnaemia Nos (lack of blood)
Emotional DistressAbdominal Pain
Panic AttackHepatitis Nos (inflammation of the liver)
Weight DecreasedPalpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing)
Feeling AbnormalDepression
Road Traffic AccidentChest Discomfort
Tardive Dyskinesia (a disorder that involves involuntary movements)Injury Asphyxiation

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Lexapro3.98%23.38%38.81%26.37%7.46%
mirtazapine8.05%34.48%40.23%12.64%4.60%

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is often used to treat depression. Mirtazapine (mirtazapine) is often used to treat depression. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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