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Review: could Lexapro cause Drug abuse?

Summary: Drug abuse could be caused by Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Ambien, and have Pain.

We study 35,504 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 122 have Drug abuse. Find out below who they are, when they have Drug abuse and more.

On Apr, 8, 2014: 35,315 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 160 people (0.45%) have Drug Abuse. They amount to 0.27% of all the 58,855 people who have Drug Abuse on eHealthMe.

Trend of Drug abuse in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Drug abuse * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Drug abuse42.86%33.33%4.76%14.29%4.76%0.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Drug abuse when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Drug abuse0.00%0.67%7.38%15.44%18.79%38.26%5.37%14.09%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (52 people, 32.50%)
  2. Depression (52 people, 32.50%)
  3. Anxiety (42 people, 26.25%)
  4. Bipolar disorder (21 people, 13.12%)
  5. Sleep disorder (21 people, 13.12%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (68 people, 42.50%)
  2. Seroquel (51 people, 31.87%)
  3. Klonopin (46 people, 28.75%)
  4. Xanax (43 people, 26.88%)
  5. Oxycontin (38 people, 23.75%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • i was taking escitalopram(20 mg) and quetiapine xr (150 mg) and i was doing good on this medication but i was managing the drowsiness and dry throat because of this medication and i was able to manage it...i took this combination for one year but the problem started when i start taking fluvoxamine(50 mg) along with this for 4 months ...after this my life changed compeletely ....i became compelety emotionless and no sexual feeling and doctor told me this is a case of anhedonia

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