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Review: could Lexapro cause Serotonin syndrome?

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 Ambien, and have Depression.

We study 35,681 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 151 have Serotonin syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Serotonin syndrome and more.

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Lexapro

Lexapro (latest outcomes from 39,382 users) has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression.

Trend of lexapro reports

Serotonin syndrome

Serotonin syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time) (latest reports from 34,547 patients) has been reported by people with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder.

On Oct, 26, 2014: 35,665 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 151 people (0.42%) have Serotonin Syndrome.

Trend of Serotonin syndrome in Lexapro reports

Time on Lexapro when people have Serotonin syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Serotonin syndrome61.63%26.74%2.33%1.16%8.14%0.00%0.00%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Serotonin syndrome0.00%0.00%11.92%17.22%13.25%19.87%13.25%24.50%

Severity of Serotonin syndrome when taking Lexapro ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Serotonin syndrome0.00%66.67%0.00%33.33%

How people recovered from Serotonin syndrome ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Serotonin syndrome66.67%0.00%33.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (79 people, 52.32%)
  2. Anxiety (22 people, 14.57%)
  3. Hypertension (15 people, 9.93%)
  4. Insomnia (14 people, 9.27%)
  5. Major depression (11 people, 7.28%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (17 people, 11.26%)
  2. Effexor xr (15 people, 9.93%)
  3. Ativan (14 people, 9.27%)
  4. Morphine (13 people, 8.61%)
  5. Maxzide (12 people, 7.95%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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