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Review: could Lexapro cause Forgetfulness (Memory loss)?

Summary: Forgetfulness is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Ambien, and have Depression.

We study 35,729 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,334 have Forgetfulness. Find out below who they are, when they have Forgetfulness and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 39,446 Lexapro users)

Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol. (latest reports from 63,328 Forgetfulness patients)

On Jan, 14, 2015: 35,729 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 1,334 people (3.73%) have Forgetfulness.

Trend of Forgetfulness in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Forgetfulness * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Forgetfulness39.09%20.20%6.51%11.07%16.29%5.21%1.63%

Age of people who have Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Forgetfulness0.00%0.00%2.87%11.55%14.17%23.69%25.21%22.51%

Severity of Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Forgetfulness6.45%51.61%37.10%4.84%

How people recovered from Forgetfulness ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Forgetfulness0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (536 people, 40.18%)
  2. Anxiety (183 people, 13.72%)
  3. Pain (147 people, 11.02%)
  4. Insomnia (119 people, 8.92%)
  5. Sleep disorder (108 people, 8.10%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (313 people, 23.46%)
  2. Xanax (211 people, 15.82%)
  3. Aspirin (209 people, 15.67%)
  4. Nexium (203 people, 15.22%)
  5. Neurontin (190 people, 14.24%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • 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? (1 answer)
    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.
  • Can my eye twitch be because of lexapro?
    So I have had symptoms of anxiety and depression due to a lot of stressors and disasters that happened in my life over the past two years. As my anxiety got worse after a breast biopsy, I started freaking out and thinking I may have MS because my sister has MS. So I went to my GP and she decided my symptoms do not follow the symptoms of MS or any similar problem and it should most likely be anxiety. She put me on Lexapro and Clonazepam. At first I was very hesitant to take medication but as my symptoms got worse I decided to give it a try. I was on Lexopro 5 mg for about two months and then I went to 10 mg, and I would take 1 or 2 Clonazepam a day. And this all started 5 months ago. And things seemed to be working just fine.Until about two months ago I started having this freaking annoying eye twitch on my upper left eyelid. I have had eye twitches before but they always go away after a couple of days or a week top. This one has been lasting for 2 months now and seems to be just getting worse. I went to the GP and my eye doctor and they still found no cause and said it's probably stress and anxiety. I have not been overly stressed and I get plenty of sleep, 10 hrs or more! and I stopped taking caffeine and alcohol after the twitch started. Any idea? Could it be because of medication? I also need to add I have had thumb twitching and severe spasms in my muscles around my right thumb starting in May (before taking any medication).
  • My mom is 88. she takes lexapro in the evening. she wakes up hallucinating. it's starting to get to her. what should i try for her?
    My mom has been taking Lexapro for about 2 1/2 to 3 months. She was taking it in the morning and her therapist felt it was making her drowsy. I began giving it to her before bed, and I believe that is when she started waking up during the night with hallucinations. I'm not sure if they are vivid dreams that carry over when she awakens, or if she wakes up and sees visions. I do not want to change her meds, if possible. This combination of Aricept, Namenda and Lexapro have allowed her to be sharper mentally than she has in a number of years. Except for the hallucinations, it's been nothing short of amazing. Please help. Thank you

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (1 month ago):

  • I took Lexapro all throughout high school and one year in college. i was taken off lexapro when i was put on adderall after being misdiagnosed with adhd. i was also on abilify my senior year of high school. i got off of adderall after one semester of school. I can not remember a time when my memory WASN'T terrible, but that could be due to the fact that my long term memory is absolutely terrible now. I have an extremely hard time remembering birthdays of people that have been my close friends for years, important events in my life that happened years before (like some things my family and i did while in NYC are not apart of my memory at ALL even though my little sister can recall an entire day of things we did), etc. Friends and family of mine can actually sit down and recount an event and tell me who was there, what we were wearing, what they said and what i said, and the sequence of events in which everything happened and I will STILL not recall a single detail. i often forget what day of the week it is and i sometimes can't remember what happened during a shift at work three days before. it's terrible and embarrassing!

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  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • My son began having autistic tantrums at school & would pound his head on the floor; neurologist prescribed Celexa to stop self-injurious behavior. After 2 years,doctor changed prescription to Lexapro. Experienced pain in feet/lower legs upon standing/walking more than 1 hour. Age 11 (2006), nerve disfunction began (said his feet felt "sparkly"). I noticed left leg bowing out at knee when he walked down stairs. Began severe muscle spasms when laid down to go to sleep. The spasms/nerve pain became severe & increased difficulty falling/staying asleep. Spasms continued through 1st 1-2 hours of sleep; spasms drew his leg/legs up like a frog. Slept through spasms; they occurred every night & followed a full-body "jerk". Spasms always occurred on the left, & right leg would draw up into a frogleg position. Doctor added Seroquel for severe insomnia. Podiatrist diagnosed shortened achiles tendons in feet/ankles. 6 months after the spasms began, left foot began to change & severe episodes of memory loss occurred(he did not where he was, who he was or who his teachers, classmates, or I were). Would scream & hit his head with his fists. Doctor suspected ALD; tests were negative. W/in 4 months (age 12), left foot deformed into clubfoot/calf smaller. Diagnosed w/spasticity, dystonia, cerebral palsy. Since achiles tendon/club foot developed, can't stand/walk more than 20-30 minutes without foot/leg pain. Doctors suspect neuromuscular disorder but have not diagnosed specific type. 2008-2009, had botox injections in calves but treatment stopped working. Had 2 foot surgeries in 2009 to reposition left foot & release achiles tendon. Left foot much shorter, wider & thicker than right. Developed dystonia/spasticity in forearms/hands 2008. Taking Tizanidine and Mirapex for help control/lesson the spasming & nerve disfunction since 2008. Weaned off Seroquel & Lexapro (2011/2012), because Seroquel made drowsy/caused Acanthosis nigricans; Lexapro made confused.

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    jennifer on Jul, 27, 2014:

    Female 39, have had 2.5 years enlarged groin muscle serve pain in trochanter area, priformus, more recently now also have cervical dystonia, 9 Weeks now. One of my scans of hips said nail patella syndrom can you tell me more about that, what or means for you, or where to get info.

    Thanks

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    Christi on Oct, 11, 2012:

    How do his thumb nails look? Are they absent or split, or have a triangular lunulae? If yes to any of these questions, please research a genetic disease called Nail Patella Syndrome. Myself and 3 of my 4 children have it. Good luck!

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