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Review: could Lexapro cause Forgetfulness (Memory loss)?

We study 35,665 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,329 have Forgetfulness. Find out below who they are, when they have Forgetfulness and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro (latest outcomes from 39,339 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.

Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness (latest reports from 466,972 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, high blood pressure, pain, high blood cholesterol.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 35,665 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 1,329 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
Forgetfulness39.74%20.20%6.62%11.26%15.89%5.30%0.99%

Age of people who have Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Forgetfulness0.00%0.00%2.88%11.35%14.14%23.79%25.23%22.61%

Severity of Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Forgetfulness5.26%54.39%35.09%5.26%

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 (533 people, 40.11%)
  2. Anxiety (183 people, 13.77%)
  3. Pain (147 people, 11.06%)
  4. Insomnia (119 people, 8.95%)
  5. Sleep disorder (108 people, 8.13%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (313 people, 23.55%)
  2. Xanax (211 people, 15.88%)
  3. Aspirin (209 people, 15.73%)
  4. Nexium (203 people, 15.27%)
  5. Neurontin (190 people, 14.30%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (3 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

    Reply

    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!

    Reply

  • From this study (5 months ago):

  • Having trouble forming sentences using words in wrong context forgetting meanings of words mid sentence

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  • From this study (13 months ago):

  • Had several courses of ECT treatments done in 2000-2001. Huge chunks of memory (both current and past) never came back.

    Reply

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