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Review: taking Lexapro and Ativan together

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 3,496 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 39,466 Lexapro users)

Ativan has active ingredients of lorazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from 35,225 Ativan users)

On Feb, 28, 2015: 3,496 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)
25.93%
(7 of 27 people)
40.00%
(6 of 15 people)
44.44%
(8 of 18 people)
14.29%
(4 of 28 people)
33.33%
(5 of 15 people)
66.67%
(4 of 6 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
Ativan is effective30.43%
(7 of 23 people)
23.33%
(7 of 30 people)
47.37%
(9 of 19 people)
52.63%
(10 of 19 people)
54.17%
(13 of 24 people)
50.00%
(6 of 12 people)
60.00%
(6 of 10 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Lexapro is effective28.89%
(26 of 90 people)
21.43%
(9 of 42 people)
Ativan is effective44.09%
(41 of 93 people)
37.78%
(17 of 45 people)

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Lexapro is effectiven/an/a50.00%
(2 of 4 people)
20.00%
(9 of 45 people)
21.74%
(5 of 23 people)
12.70%
(8 of 63 people)
19.44%
(7 of 36 people)
7.27%
(4 of 55 people)
Ativan is effectiven/an/a25.00%
(1 of 4 people)
30.43%
(14 of 46 people)
51.72%
(15 of 29 people)
17.46%
(11 of 63 people)
18.18%
(6 of 33 people)
17.46%
(11 of 63 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
AnxietyTremorPulmonary EmbolismAnxietyAnxietySuicidal IdeationDepressionAnxiety
NauseaAnxietyDiabetes MellitusDyspnoeaDepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusGlycosuriaPain
HyponatraemiaAgitationHyperglycaemiaCholelithiasisSuicidal IdeationDiabetes MellitusAnxietyNausea
AgitationDepressionSuicidal IdeationNauseaPulmonary EmbolismNeuropathy PeripheralHyperglycaemiaDepression
Suicide AttemptDepressed Level Of ConsciousnessPainHypoaesthesiaPainChest PainGestational DiabetesFatigue
AstheniaAstheniaNauseaSuicidal IdeationDeep Vein ThrombosisDyspnoeaDiabetes MellitusDyspnoea
VomitingSuicidal IdeationType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainNauseaHyperglycaemiaBack DisorderHeadache
FallFatigueNeuropathy PeripheralFatigueFatiguePulmonary EmbolismBipolar DisorderDiarrhoea
Feeling AbnormalMuscle RigidityMental DisorderChest PainType 2 Diabetes MellitusAgitationObesityFall
Confusional StateDizzinessCardiac Failure CongestiveCirculatory CollapseVomitingSuicide AttemptDiabetic KetoacidosisAnaemia

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
AnxietyAnxiety
PainDepression
NauseaPain
DiarrhoeaFatigue
DyspnoeaNausea
DepressionDyspnoea
HeadacheDiabetes Mellitus
FatigueFall
FallNeuropathy Peripheral
VomitingAnaemia

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 DistressInsomniaNauseaDiarrhoeaDepressionAsthenia
DepressionDrug ToxicityDepressionAbdominal Pain UpperChest PainFatigueBone DisorderDepression
Uterine LeiomyomaBlood GlucoseAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedDizzinessSuicidal IdeationDyspnoeaFatigueDyspnoea
Urinary Tract InfectionDizzinessCns VentriculitisAbdominal PainConstipationVomitingNeuropathy PeripheralPneumonia

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • Why is restoril showing poaitive in my urin when i never took this drug (2 answers)
    I have been ill for 15 years, taking Methadone all the while along with Soma and Hydrocodone for break thru pain. I now include Lyrica daily.I have had 2 back surgeries, one detailing rod and cage around L4 L5 in 2007. Most recent Nov 2013 at the Laser Spine Institute for spine decompression in that same area. Diagnosed w/ Arachnoiditis 15 yrs ago when working full time and since Methadone seems to be my only safe bet to take so that I can function. 4 years on Hizentra IVG home treatment every week. Lorazapam was prescribed for panic. Tried Diazapam more than 8-9 months ago, however that drug seems to back up in my system therefore I get no immediate relief but sort of a knock out sleep 8 hours later so we went back to Lorazapam. I am now unfortunately disabled, mostly homebound and 60 yrs old. Since this past August my urin specimen has come back positive for Restoril. This past month Restoril is still positive and described as habitual use. I am staring down a discharge from my physician who I care for, respect and admire, I never ever thought this would happen. We just took another test I offered to get another different Lab test she told me to wait so I am but its killing me. I never took a sleeping other than Unisom OTC in my Entire life. Never been prescribed Restoril, no offense but would never take it on top of what I already take and Lord knows how I would react to this drug. If I am awake all night that's just the way it is and I live with it. Why is this foreign drug showing up in my system? Please help. Thank you kindly, Louise
  • I am on nexplanon as well as lexapro. why do i start my period everytime i start taking it.
    I was put on Lexpro(escitalopram) about 6 months ago and I was scared to take the medicine I would take it about 2 days and I would start my period so I stopped. I began taking it again cause I feel like I need to stick it out and see what happens and I was not a 100% sure it was the Lexapro starting my periods cause I am on nexplanon as well. so my periods are almost not existent.I have been taking lexpro for about 4 days now and I started to bleed again. Is this something I need to be alarmed about? Do they have some type of horrible unknown reaction. I just want to hear some good news cause I want to stick with the Lexapro to see if it helps me at all. Thanks for your time.
  • has diltiazem caused anxiety in anyone else?
    I have had the implant for 7 years. Recently the doc was concerned about more frequent palpations and my blood pressure was up. So first I was put on a couple blood pressure pills, but just a couple weeks. Then they took me off of those and put me on the Diltiazem. When anxiety skyrocketed and I ended up in the hospital, they put me on the Lorazepam. It worked pretty well for a day or two. But the anxiety is creeping back up. I took a cup of CalMag this morning and it helped bring it down to reasonable. Is it possible that the medication is what is causing the serious anxiety? I have never been anxious like this. And it fill me with adrenaline and then I just feel worse.
  • Is lorazepam 0.5 good for treating vertigo
    I was told by my md that I had vertigo and he is having me take lorazepam 0.5 and I haven't felt any better what so ever, in some aspects I think I have felt worse. anything you could tell me about this med and vertigo would help. thanks
  • Nose bleeds after meningioma surgery(post 11 months)
    I have been experiencing bloody nose, 3 in the last week. 2014 I had a meningioma removed, never experienced any bloody noses until now, I know it is dry because of winter, but there us no warning, it lasts for 20 min then it is gone no dizziness, I do have vertigo- slight case

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  • Naprosyn, Vicodin, Ativan and Prilosec are taken only on an as needed basis. Some of my symptoms are intermittent, and some are chronic. The though the medications may not completely rid me of a symptom (for example, depression or muscle pain), they do improve my condition enough to warrant their continued use. I'm much better off taking them than not.

    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.

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    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 (6 months ago):

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

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    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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