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Review: could Lexapro cause Cough?

Summary: Cough could be caused by Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Depression.

We study 35,504 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 744 have Cough. Find out below who they are, when they have Cough and more.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 35,504 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 744 people (2.10%) have Cough. They amount to 0.15% of all the 481,328 people who have Cough on eHealthMe.

Trend of Cough in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Cough * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years

Age of people who have Cough when taking Lexapro * :


Severity of Cough when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe

How people recovered from Cough ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (210 people, 28.23%)
  2. Hypertension (77 people, 10.35%)
  3. Sleep disorder (69 people, 9.27%)
  4. Anxiety (58 people, 7.80%)
  5. Pain (44 people, 5.91%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (200 people, 26.88%)
  2. Zometa (197 people, 26.48%)
  3. Nexium (139 people, 18.68%)
  4. Vicodin (136 people, 18.28%)
  5. Ativan (134 people, 18.01%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I have been using Lexapro for anxiety, depression, and feelings of anger and irritability.
    On using it, I came down with what I thought was a cold or hay fever and so took the appropriate medication to treat this. However it did not work. My cough persisted and took on similar symptoms to whooping cough. I have been tested twice and both times negative for whooping cough. I tried treatment for nasal drip, reflux/indigestion, antibiotics at two different stages. My doctor thinks my cough is from some type of allergy as when I do go into a coughing fit, my nose gets runny and I need to blow my nose. Blowing my nose helps to ease the cough. When my cough has been at it's worse, I cough up a clear thick than saliva fluid which I need to spit out. The extent of how bad and frequent the coughing has been has varied over the course of taking the Lexapro.
    I used Lexapro for 5 1/2 months when I decided to reduce the amount to see if it changed my cough at all. It did. My cough severity was reduced. I cut back to 15mg for 10 days. On nights 9 and 10 I developed other side effects such as my mind racing, irritability and agitation and not being able to sleep so day 11 I went back to 20mg. I saw my Doctor with this information where he concluded that Lexapro must be the cause of the cough. I was advised to gradually go off Lexapro. I gradually reduced my intake as advised and by day 10 again at 15mg, my coughing remained the same. I went back to the doctor. This information has changed his opinion and now believes that I must have some sort of allergy, for which I am now booked in to see a respiratory specialist and an immunologist. I have had a chest X-ray which has come back clear. I have since continued to gradually decrease the Lexapro dosage over 4 weeks. I have now been off it completely for 1 week and while I am experiencing terrible withdrawal symptoms, my coughing has reduced significantly. Coughing fits gradually decreased in frequency, then just turned into small coughs. Last night was my first night without coughing at all. I have my specialist appointments coming up so I want to know whether I should still go to them (they cost a lot of money). Or is Lexapro the cause of all my coughing over the last 6 + months?


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