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Review: could Lexapro cause Forgetfulness?

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

We study 35,504 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,321 have Forgetfulness. Find out below who they are, when they have Forgetfulness and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro (latest outcomes from 39,182 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.

Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness (latest reports from 461,380 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, high blood pressure, pain, pain relief by acupuncture.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 35,315 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 1,321 people (3.74%) have Forgetfulness. They amount to 0.29% of all the 460,865 people who have Forgetfulness on eHealthMe.

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
Forgetfulness40.14%20.41%6.80%11.22%15.99%4.42%1.02%

Age of people who have Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Forgetfulness0.00%0.00%2.90%11.42%14.07%23.61%25.23%22.76%

Severity of Forgetfulness when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Forgetfulness6.12%53.06%38.78%2.04%

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 (530 people, 40.12%)
  2. Anxiety (183 people, 13.85%)
  3. Pain (147 people, 11.13%)
  4. Insomnia (117 people, 8.86%)
  5. Sleep disorder (108 people, 8.18%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (313 people, 23.69%)
  2. Xanax (211 people, 15.97%)
  3. Aspirin (209 people, 15.82%)
  4. Nexium (203 people, 15.37%)
  5. Neurontin (190 people, 14.38%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (6 months ago):

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

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  • Started drinking diet soda <6 mos. ago. Rapid onset memory loss over 3-4 months.

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  • From this study (8 months ago):

  • Had several rounds of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) in 2000 to 2001. Large chunks of long term memory lost

    Fell and hit back of head on frozen ground in Jan of 2013. Head x-ray normal

    Severe car accident in April of 2013. Wearing seat belt...for some reason unbuckled it right before impact with embankment, rolled car twice then lost conciousness briefly (must have been less than a minute). Head CT-scan normal.

    I have always had issues with short term memory...everyone in the family for years have jokingly made fun of my lack of memory..i utilize voice mail, cell phone calendars, etc. thouroughly . Since the two falls this year, things have gotten worse. Can only remember 2 of the "name 3 things test"...took 5 seconds for me to remember who the President of the U.S. is...had a "black-out"?? when driving..had sensation of car turning sideways then upon "waking up" didn't know where i was (entering the parking lot to work) and could not remember how to negotiate the curve..recovered quickly and was OK.....wearing 2 significantly different shoes to a football game..when filling out the "Race" section of the website..brought the "pull-down" up and looked for my race..I did not know what it was until I saw it.. my family doctor has a MRI scheduled for next week (week of Sept 23rd) and then a consult w a neurologist.

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