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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 3,495 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 39,446 Lexapro users)

Ativan has active ingredients of lorazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety. (latest outcomes from 35,217 Ativan users)

On Dec, 28, 2014: 3,495 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)
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)
23.33%
(7 of 30 people)
47.37%
(9 of 19 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
AnxietyTremorPulmonary EmbolismAnxietyAnxietyDiabetes MellitusDepressionAnxiety
NauseaAnxietyDiabetes MellitusDyspnoeaDepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusGlycosuriaPain
HyponatraemiaAgitationHyperglycaemiaCholelithiasisSuicidal IdeationSuicidal IdeationAnxietyNausea
AgitationDepressionSuicidal IdeationNauseaPulmonary EmbolismNeuropathy PeripheralHyperglycaemiaDepression
Suicide AttemptDepressed Level Of ConsciousnessPainHypoaesthesiaPainHerniaGestational DiabetesFatigue
AstheniaAstheniaNauseaSuicidal IdeationDeep Vein ThrombosisChest PainDiabetes MellitusDyspnoea
VomitingSuicidal IdeationType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainNauseaSuicide AttemptBack DisorderHeadache
FallFatigueNeuropathy PeripheralFatigueFatigueAgitationBipolar DisorderDiarrhoea
Feeling AbnormalMuscle RigidityMental DisorderChest PainType 2 Diabetes MellitusDyspnoeaObesityFall
Confusional StateDizzinessCardiac Failure CongestiveCirculatory CollapseVomitingPulmonary EmbolismDiabetic KetoacidosisAnaemia

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Lexapro is effective28.89%
(26 of 90 people)
21.95%
(9 of 41 people)
Ativan is effective44.09%
(41 of 93 people)
36.36%
(16 of 44 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
AnxietyAnxiety
PainDepression
NauseaPain
DiarrhoeaFatigue
DyspnoeaNausea
DepressionDyspnoea
HeadacheNeuropathy Peripheral
FatigueFall
FallDiabetes Mellitus
VomitingVomiting

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)
8.51%
(4 of 47 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)
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 DistressInsomniaNauseaDiarrhoeaDepressionAsthenia
DepressionDrug ToxicityDepressionAbdominal Pain UpperChest PainFatigueBone DisorderDyspnoea
Uterine LeiomyomaBlood GlucoseAlanine Aminotransferase IncreasedDizzinessSuicidal IdeationDyspnoeaFatigueDepression
Urinary Tract InfectionDizzinessCns VentriculitisAbdominal PainConstipationVomitingNeuropathy PeripheralPneumonia

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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