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 41,077 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 141 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 Lexapro 43,172 users)

Akathisia

Akathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness) has been reported by people with irritability, confusional state, high blood pressure, schizophrenia, fatigue (latest reports from 6,250 Akathisia patients).

On Aug, 24, 2016

41,077 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro.
Among them, 141 people (0.34%) have Akathisia


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Lexapro cause Akathisia?

Time on Lexapro when people have Akathisia *:

  • < 1 month: 34.29 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 20.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 8.57 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 14.29 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 20.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 2.86 %

Gender of people who have Akathisia when taking Lexapro *:

  • female: 55.15 %
  • male: 44.85 %

Age of people who have Akathisia when taking Lexapro *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 6.86 %
  • 20-29: 9.8 %
  • 30-39: 18.63 %
  • 40-49: 35.29 %
  • 50-59: 14.71 %
  • 60+: 14.71 %

Severity if Akathisia when taking Lexapro **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 50.0 %
  • severe: 33.33 %
  • most severe: 16.67 %

How people recovered from Akathisia **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (36 people)
  • Bipolar Disorder (15 people)
  • Anxiety (13 people)
  • Pain (12 people)
  • Nausea (6 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Abilify (33 people)
  • Seroquel (23 people)
  • Xanax (20 people)
  • Metoclopramide (19 people)
  • Ambien (19 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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