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Review: Lexapro and Ativan





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

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Lexapro and Ativan. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 3,493 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)

Ativan has active ingredients of lorazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from Ativan 35,203 users)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 3,493 people who take Lexapro, Ativan are studied

Lexapro, Ativan outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
- Ativan (lorazepam)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Lexapro is effective4.55%
(1 of 22 people)
28.00%
(7 of 25 people)
40.00%
(6 of 15 people)
44.44%
(8 of 18 people)
14.29%
(4 of 28 people)
35.71%
(5 of 14 people)
66.67%
(4 of 6 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
Ativan is effective30.43%
(7 of 23 people)
24.14%
(7 of 29 people)
44.44%
(8 of 18 people)
52.63%
(10 of 19 people)
54.17%
(13 of 24 people)
45.45%
(5 of 11 people)
60.00%
(6 of 10 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
AnxietyTremorDiabetes MellitusAnxietyAnxietyDiabetes MellitusDepressionAnxiety
NauseaAnxietyPulmonary EmbolismDyspnoeaDepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusGlycosuriaPain
HyponatraemiaAgitationHyperglycaemiaCholelithiasisSuicidal IdeationSuicidal IdeationAnxietyNausea
AgitationDepressed Level Of ConsciousnessPainNauseaPulmonary EmbolismNeuropathy PeripheralHyperglycaemiaDepression
Suicide AttemptDepressionSuicidal IdeationHypoaesthesiaPainHerniaGestational DiabetesFatigue
AstheniaSuicidal IdeationNauseaSuicidal IdeationDeep Vein ThrombosisChest PainDiabetes MellitusDyspnoea
VomitingAstheniaType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainNauseaSuicide AttemptBack DisorderHeadache
FallMuscle RigidityPleural EffusionFatigueFatigueAgitationBipolar DisorderDiarrhoea
Feeling AbnormalFatigueAtelectasisChest PainType 2 Diabetes MellitusDyspnoeaObesityFall
Confusional StateConfusional StateMental DisorderCirculatory CollapseVomitingPulmonary EmbolismDiabetic KetoacidosisAnaemia

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Lexapro is effective29.21%
(26 of 89 people)
22.50%
(9 of 40 people)
Ativan is effective43.48%
(40 of 92 people)
37.21%
(16 of 43 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
PainAnxiety
AnxietyDepression
NauseaFatigue
DiarrhoeaPain
DyspnoeaNausea
DepressionDyspnoea
HeadacheDiabetes Mellitus
FatigueNeuropathy Peripheral
FallFall
VomitingAnaemia

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Lexapro is effectiven/an/a50.00%
(2 of 4 people)
20.93%
(9 of 43 people)
21.74%
(5 of 23 people)
12.70%
(8 of 63 people)
22.58%
(7 of 31 people)
8.51%
(4 of 47 people)
Ativan is effectiven/an/a25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
29.55%
(13 of 44 people)
51.72%
(15 of 29 people)
17.46%
(11 of 63 people)
21.43%
(6 of 28 people)
18.18%
(10 of 55 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Suicidal IdeationHeadacheHeadacheDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusNauseaAnxietyAnxiety
Ovarian CystHaematocritCholelithiasisSuicidal IdeationAnxietyType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainPain
Major DepressionPlatelet CountVomitingHeadacheHeadacheDiabetes MellitusNauseaFall
HyperventilationRadius FractureConvulsionVomitingDepressionAnxietyAnaemiaNausea
HeadacheTardive DyskinesiaNauseaUrinary Tract InfectionType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainHeadacheDiarrhoea
Gastrointestinal HaemorrhageSomnolencePleural EffusionDyspnoeaPainDepressionDyspnoeaFatigue
Pelvic PainFallRespiratory DistressDizzinessNauseaDiarrhoeaDepressionAsthenia
DepressionDrug ToxicityDepressionInsomniaChest PainFatigueBone DisorderDyspnoea
Uterine LeiomyomaBlood GlucoseAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedAbdominal Pain UpperSuicidal IdeationDyspnoeaFatigueDepression
Urinary Tract InfectionDizzinessCns VentriculitisAbdominal PainConstipationVomitingOsteonecrosis Of JawPneumonia

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • Can i take my ativan if i'm taking phenteremine? (1 answer)
    I just started taking phenteremine and I can't sleep. I take it at 6 am
    Am I able to take an Ativan at bed time?
  • 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

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    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!
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    The oral issues I'm having all began around the same time in the last year. I first noticed a sensitivity for spicy food I had never experienced. I can no longer use adult toothpaste because the minty flavors are so provinces as to cause pain. The gum irritation comes and goes as does the severity of the other oral pain I experience.

    My hair loss I can describe as severe as it can be without having visible bald spots. Whereas I once had unusually thick hair (a ponytail of around 1.5 inches), I have lost so much that my ponytail now measures about .5 inches.

    Reply

    Sumac on Oct, 24, 2014:

    I think a lot of you have disseminated histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is carried by bats.

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  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • seems to black out standing up after bowel movements but not always.

    Reply

    nurse14 on Aug, 27, 2014:

    Hi I am a RN and the symptoms you are describing are very dangerous!! Your heart rate is dropping so low due to pressure on the vagus nerve when you are exerting yourself during a bowel movement. Please call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the ER, as you can fall and seriously get hurt!!

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