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Review: could Lexapro cause Insomnia?

Summary: Insomnia is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Xanax, and have Depression.

We study 35,729 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,744 have Insomnia. Find out below who they are, when they have Insomnia 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)

Insomnia

Insomnia (sleeplessness) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. (latest reports from 143,724 Insomnia patients)

On Feb, 1, 2015: 35,729 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 1,751 people (4.90%) have Insomnia.

Trend of Insomnia in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Insomnia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Insomnia37.73%27.91%6.46%7.49%17.83%1.81%0.78%

Age of people who have Insomnia when taking Lexapro * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Insomnia0.30%0.12%3.52%10.39%12.60%26.70%24.79%21.57%

Severity of Insomnia when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Insomnia4.84%37.10%41.94%16.13%

How people recovered from Insomnia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Insomnia5.26%21.05%73.68%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (768 people, 43.86%)
  2. Anxiety (275 people, 15.71%)
  3. Insomnia (172 people, 9.82%)
  4. Sleep disorder (135 people, 7.71%)
  5. Smoking cessation therapy (124 people, 7.08%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Xanax (332 people, 18.96%)
  2. Ambien (329 people, 18.79%)
  3. Seroquel (305 people, 17.42%)
  4. Cymbalta (243 people, 13.88%)
  5. Zometa (216 people, 12.34%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I am doing much better now then I was a few years ago however I still haven't recovered from a lot of the symptoms. My tablets help but only a little and I believe my tablets may cause some of the symptoms.

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