Lexapro and Serotonin syndrome - from FDA reports


Summary

Serotonin syndrome is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Zoloft, and have Depression . We study 47,584 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA. Among them, 189 have Serotonin syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Serotonin syndrome and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from Lexapro 54,144 users)

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time) has been reported by people with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, major depression, insomnia (latest reports from 9,744 Serotonin syndrome patients).

On Jan, 25, 2017

47,584 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro.
Among them, 189 people (0.4%) have Serotonin Syndrome


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Lexapro cause Serotonin syndrome?

Time on Lexapro when people have Serotonin Syndrome *:

  • < 1 month: 63.64 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 19.7 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 4.55 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 10.61 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 1.52 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Serotonin Syndrome when taking Lexapro *:

  • female: 71.35 %
  • male: 28.65 %

Age of people who have Serotonin Syndrome when taking Lexapro *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 7.09 %
  • 20-29: 17.73 %
  • 30-39: 16.31 %
  • 40-49: 19.86 %
  • 50-59: 15.6 %
  • 60+: 23.4 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (76 people, 40.21%)
  • Stress And Anxiety (19 people, 10.05%)
  • Insomnia (9 people, 4.76%)
  • Migraine (8 people, 4.23%)
  • Pain (7 people, 3.70%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Zoloft (18 people, 9.52%)
  • Cymbalta (17 people, 8.99%)
  • Wellbutrin (13 people, 6.88%)
  • Ambien (12 people, 6.35%)
  • Zyvox (11 people, 5.82%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Agitation (30 people, 15.87%)
  • Nausea (23 people, 12.17%)
  • Dizziness (23 people, 12.17%)
  • Stress And Anxiety (19 people, 10.05%)
  • Hyperhidrosis (19 people, 10.05%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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