Related topic: Lexapro, Akathisia
Review: could Lexapro cause Akathisia?
Summary: Akathisia could be caused by Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Abilify, and have Depression.
We study 35,510 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 (latest outcomes from 39,182 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.
Akathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness) (latest reports from 22,101 patients) has been reported by people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, stress and anxiety, gastric disorder.
On Apr, 12, 2014: 35,504 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 128 people (0.36%) have Akathisia. They amount to 0.58% of all the 22,077 people who have Akathisia on eHealthMe.
Time on Lexapro when people have Akathisia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Age of people who have Akathisia when taking Lexapro * :
Severity of Akathisia when taking Lexapro ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Akathisia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Depression (48 people, 37.50%)
- Anxiety (15 people, 11.72%)
- Bipolar disorder (13 people, 10.16%)
- Pain (11 people, 8.59%)
- Schizoaffective disorder (8 people, 6.25%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Abilify (30 people, 23.44%)
- Seroquel (22 people, 17.19%)
- Xanax (21 people, 16.41%)
- Ambien (19 people, 14.84%)
- Klonopin (18 people, 14.06%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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On eHealthMe, Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is often used for depression. Find out below the conditions Lexapro is used for, how effective it is, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.
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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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