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Review: could Lexapro cause Akathisia?

Summary: Akathisia is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Abilify, and have Depression.

We study 35,756 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 128 have Akathisia. Find out below who they are, when they have Akathisia and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 39,466 Lexapro users)

Akathisia

Akathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness) has been reported by people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, stress and anxiety, gastric disorder. (latest reports from 5,778 Akathisia patients)

On Feb, 16, 2015: 35,756 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 128 people (0.36%) have Akathisia.

Trend of Akathisia in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Akathisia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Akathisia35.48%22.58%6.45%16.13%16.13%0.00%3.23%

Age of people who have Akathisia when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Akathisia0.00%0.00%7.14%8.04%19.64%35.71%17.86%11.61%

Severity of Akathisia when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Akathisia0.00%50.00%33.33%16.67%

How people recovered from Akathisia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Akathisia0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (48 people, 37.50%)
  2. Anxiety (15 people, 11.72%)
  3. Bipolar disorder (13 people, 10.16%)
  4. Pain (11 people, 8.59%)
  5. Schizoaffective disorder (8 people, 6.25%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Abilify (30 people, 23.44%)
  2. Seroquel (22 people, 17.19%)
  3. Xanax (21 people, 16.41%)
  4. Ambien (19 people, 14.84%)
  5. Klonopin (18 people, 14.06%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • 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.
  • 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
  • I have quit smoking about 4 wks ago. i'm having nightmares for the 5 days. my question is do the nightmares taper off or do they never stop?
    I've been on lexapro for 7 yrs. This is the only med that works for me I've tired lots of diff meds for my anxiety/depression and the all made me nuts or want to die. Even the generic gave me nightmare so I stopped that one. I literally have little to no stress in my life either. So lexapro is the best for me. Anyway I'm getting healthy working out and I quit smoking about 4 wks ago. The nightmares have been going on all wk. They are stressing me out blah. When are these crazy stressful dreams gonna stop? Or at least tapper off?
  • What can i take for a headache when i am on lexapro (1 answer)
    lexapro started only a week ago, feel tightness in jaw and headache, sleeplessness, not sure if lexapro is good for me if i cannot ever take an aspirin or tylenol for sleep.
  • Has anyone been helped by taking lexapro and wellbutrin? (2 answers)
    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.

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  • I have a history of anxiety dating back to childhood. I experienced normal grief reactions and depressive episodes throughout my teenage years, twenties, and thirties. I was diagnosed with a benign meningioma in my left frontal lobe in May, 1998. I was placed on an SSRI, Zoloft, following brain surgery to remove this tumor from my left temporal lobe in 1998. The surgery produced emotional instability, cognitive deficits, seizures, and depression. My SSRI was changed to Lexapro by a random psychiatrist around 2002 - 2003 and I have been taking Lexapro since. Prior to brain surgery (1998), I had no history of seizures or depression (only circumstantial depression throughout my life). I began to experience mild cognitive deficits, headache, and speech impairment leading up to diagnosis. Following surgery, I was placed on Dilantin and suffered a tonic clonic seizure approximately 1 year post-surgery. Following that, I used step therapy in attempting the following medications and substitutions: Topamax, Keppra, Lyrica, and Tegretol. My neurologist made a decision to treat me with Topamax, starting out at 400mg, in 1999. Topamax controlled most of my seizures and when medications were changed/altered, I had tonic clonic seizures. I stayed on Topamax until present, tapered down to 50mg at present. My current neurologist added Lamictal in 2007 due to worsening of my seizure disorder and frequency. Seizures were decreased and better controlled since beginning adjunct therapy. In 2007, I was placed on Clonazepam, 5mg, for seizure control. I have been taking all four medications since: Topamax, 50mg; Lamictal, 200mg; Clonazepam, 0.5mg; and Lexapro, 10mg. I have symptoms that are associated with Frontal Lobe Disorder and my memory (short and long term) are worsening with time. My speech impairment and difficulty with word recall seems to be worsening. I am hoping that my medications can be changed and/or adjusted to improve the adverse symptoms that I am suffering from day to day. I don't know what medication is causing what, and what medication can be tapered and/or withdrawn without causing generalized seizures.

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