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Review: could Lexapro cause High blood sugar (Hyperglycemia)?

Summary: High blood sugar is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Seroquel, and have Depression.

We study 35,756 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 314 have High blood sugar. Find out below who they are, when they have High blood sugar and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 39,466 Lexapro users)

High blood sugar

High blood sugar (high blood sugar) has been reported by people with diabetes, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, bipolar disorder. (latest reports from 17,112 High blood sugar patients)

On Feb, 24, 2015: 35,756 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 314 people (0.88%) have High Blood Sugar.

Trend of High blood sugar in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have High blood sugar * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
High blood sugar8.82%47.06%8.82%11.76%14.71%5.88%2.94%

Age of people who have High blood sugar when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
High blood sugar0.00%0.00%0.62%5.88%14.86%28.17%32.20%18.27%

Severity of High blood sugar when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
High blood sugar14.29%57.14%28.57%0.00%

How people recovered from High blood sugar ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
High blood sugar0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (141 people, 44.90%)
  2. Bipolar disorder (91 people, 28.98%)
  3. Anxiety (79 people, 25.16%)
  4. Sleep disorder (77 people, 24.52%)
  5. Insomnia (60 people, 19.11%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Seroquel (229 people, 72.93%)
  2. Risperdal (94 people, 29.94%)
  3. Zyprexa (80 people, 25.48%)
  4. Xanax (71 people, 22.61%)
  5. Abilify (71 people, 22.61%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I am a type 1 diabetic and my fasting blood sugar may be 116 at 6:00 a.m. and 2 hours later can be 200+. I use an insulin pump to control my diabetes.

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    judie on Jan, 22, 2013:

    I have been taking generic Lexapro 20 mg for one month. Also, I am a Type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump. My fasting blood sugar can be 116 at 6:00 a.m. and by 9:00 a.m. it can be as high as 200+ and that is without eating anything. I have adjusted my insulin dosage, but it takes at least 2 boluses to get my blood sugar back in to normal range. Can the generic Lexapro cause this?

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