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Review: Lexapro and Abilify

Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Lexapro and Abilify together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Lexapro and Abilify. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,931 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Lexapro 39,406 users)

Abilify has active ingredients of aripiprazole. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Abilify 30,166 users)

On Nov, 27, 2014: 1,931 people who take Lexapro, Abilify are studied

Lexapro, Abilify outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
- Abilify (aripiprazole)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Lexapro is effective16.67%
(1 of 6 people)
(6 of 21 people)
(4 of 15 people)
(4 of 21 people)
(12 of 36 people)
(4 of 7 people)
(3 of 7 people)
(1 of 2 people)
Abilify is effective14.29%
(3 of 21 people)
(12 of 36 people)
(5 of 12 people)
(3 of 17 people)
(5 of 14 people)
(5 of 6 people)
(2 of 3 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
DepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusSuicidal IdeationDepressionDiabetes Mellitus
Suicide AttemptSuicidal IdeationWeight IncreasedObesityType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Intentional OverdoseDepressionDepressionBlood Cholesterol IncreasedNeuropathy PeripheralChest PainWeight IncreasedDepression
DizzinessDiabetes MellitusDiabetic NeuropathyDiabetes MellitusHyperglycaemiaPulmonary EmbolismCholelithiasisWeight Increased
AnxietyHallucinationTremorWeight IncreasedPancreatitisNeuropathy PeripheralChest PainSuicidal Ideation
TremorAnxietySuicide AttemptTardive DyskinesiaSuicidal IdeationDysmenorrhoeaCryingAnxiety
Suicidal IdeationConvulsionFearChest PainChest PainPainDeafnessBlood Cholesterol Increased
Heart Rate IncreasedHeadacheDiabetes MellitusSleep Apnoea SyndromeDepressionDyspnoeaCardiac DisorderChest Pain
AstheniaWeight IncreasedSomnolenceDepressionCholelithiasisMenorrhagiaDiarrhoeaObesity
Decreased AppetitePost-traumatic Stress DisorderDiabetes Mellitus Inadequate ControlAnxietyPancreatitis ChronicDepressionDiabetic NeuropathyDizziness

Drug effectiveness by gender :

Lexapro is effective36.36%
(24 of 66 people)
(11 of 49 people)
Abilify is effective32.81%
(21 of 64 people)
(14 of 45 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
DepressionWeight Increased
Weight IncreasedTardive Dyskinesia
Suicidal IdeationAnxiety
ObesitySuicidal Ideation
Blood Cholesterol IncreasedFatigue
AnxietyChest Pain
Suicide AttemptDepression

Drug effectiveness by age :

Lexapro is effectiven/an/a17.39%
(4 of 23 people)
(6 of 31 people)
(10 of 39 people)
(7 of 57 people)
(6 of 52 people)
(2 of 11 people)
Abilify is effectiven/an/a9.09%
(2 of 22 people)
(7 of 32 people)
(8 of 39 people)
(10 of 52 people)
(5 of 50 people)
(3 of 11 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

Drug Exposure During PregnancyTicSuicide AttemptType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusTardive Dyskinesia
Feeding Disorder NeonatalAbdominal Pain UpperDepressionWeight IncreasedType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDizziness
Premature BabyMood SwingsSuicidal IdeationOverdoseWeight IncreasedObesityWeight IncreasedDiabetes Mellitus
Drug Exposure Via Breast MilkAggressionHallucinationDiabetes MellitusBlood Cholesterol IncreasedWeight IncreasedDepressionMental Impairment
Ovarian CystAngerWeight IncreasedTremorObesityNeuropathy PeripheralBlood Cholesterol IncreasedHaemoglobin Decreased
Nervous System DisorderTremorDrug IneffectiveFatigueDepressionDiabetes Mellitus Inadequate ControlAnxietyPneumonia
Neonatal DisorderVision BlurredIntentional Self-injurySuicidal IdeationSuicidal IdeationDepressionObesityGait Disturbance
Neonatal OversedationDrug Exposure Via Breast MilkCondition AggravatedVomitingVomitingBlood Cholesterol IncreasedNauseaFall
Extrapyramidal DisorderWeight IncreasedVomitingPsychotic DisorderBlood Triglycerides IncreasedHypertensionHypertensionMalaise
SedationDrug IneffectiveAbnormal BehaviourConvulsionDiabetes Mellitus Inadequate ControlAnxietyHyperglycaemiaUrinary Tract Infection

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • Is the pancreatic malfunction caused by abilify irreversible or stopping the drug can restore normal levels of sugar in the blood
    I want to know if stopping the use of Abilify will restore the normal functioning of the Pancreas. Reducing the dosage would reduce the levels of sugar in the blood.
  • 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).
  • Has abilify affected your ability to make good decisions?
    My husband and I are 73. We had a paid off home and money in the bank until the past 3 years. We have made some terrible decisions and now we are practically penniless. We couldn't understand why we had made such bad decisions and let someone talk us into losing our money. We have also been on Abilify about the same amoount of time and I noticed that the commercials say a side affect can be lack of judgement or something to that effect. Has anyone else had this happen?
  • 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

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  • Patients having false positives while on remeron
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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • I took Lexapro all throughout high school and one year in college. i was taken off lexapro when i was put on adderall after being misdiagnosed with adhd. i was also on abilify my senior year of high school. i got off of adderall after one semester of school. I can not remember a time when my memory WASN'T terrible, but that could be due to the fact that my long term memory is absolutely terrible now. I have an extremely hard time remembering birthdays of people that have been my close friends for years, important events in my life that happened years before (like some things my family and i did while in NYC are not apart of my memory at ALL even though my little sister can recall an entire day of things we did), etc. Friends and family of mine can actually sit down and recount an event and tell me who was there, what we were wearing, what they said and what i said, and the sequence of events in which everything happened and I will STILL not recall a single detail. i often forget what day of the week it is and i sometimes can't remember what happened during a shift at work three days before. it's terrible and embarrassing!


  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • doc moc on Apr, 25, 2013:

    BREAK down FOOL!


    Rhs on Oct, 13, 2012:

    Get your medical records
    and consult w/your doctor


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On eHealthMe, Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is often used to treat depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) 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.

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