Lexapro and Compulsive shopping - a phase IV clinical study of FDA data


Compulsive shopping 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.

The phase IV clinical study analyzes which people take Lexapro and have Compulsive shopping. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 71,855 people who have side effects when taking Lexapro from the FDA, and is updated regularly. You can use the study as a second opinion to make health care decisions.

With medical big data and AI algorithms, eHealthMe enables everyone to run phase IV clinical trial to detect adverse drug outcomes and monitor effectiveness. Our original studies have been referenced on 600+ peer-reviewed medical publications including The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Nature. Most recently, phase IV clinial trails for COVID 19 vaccines have been added, check here.

On Apr, 06, 2022

71,855 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro.
Among them, 48 people (0.07%) have Compulsive shopping.

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. eHealthMe is studying from 80,005 Lexapro users for its effectiveness, alternative drugs and more.

What is Compulsive shopping?

Compulsive shopping is found to be associated with 477 drugs and 257 conditions by eHealthMe.

Number of Lexapro and Compulsive shopping reports submitted per year:

Could Lexapro cause Compulsive shopping?

Time on Lexapro when people have Compulsive shopping *:

  • < 1 month: 25 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 50 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 25 %

Gender of people who have Compulsive shopping when taking Lexapro *:

  • female: 60.42 %
  • male: 39.58 %

Age of people who have Compulsive shopping when taking Lexapro *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 18.75 %
  • 30-39: 12.5 %
  • 40-49: 25.0 %
  • 50-59: 31.25 %
  • 60+: 12.5 %

Common drugs people take besides Lexapro *:

  1. Abilify: 36 people, 75.00%
  2. Wellbutrin: 13 people, 27.08%
  3. Mirapex: 10 people, 20.83%
  4. Paxil: 10 people, 20.83%
  5. Xanax: 9 people, 18.75%
  6. Celexa: 9 people, 18.75%
  7. Effexor: 8 people, 16.67%
  8. Klonopin: 8 people, 16.67%
  9. Seroquel: 6 people, 12.50%
  10. Ativan: 6 people, 12.50%

Common side effects people have besides Compulsive shopping *:

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry;): 27 people, 56.25%
  2. Suicidal Ideation: 26 people, 54.17%
  3. Emotional Distress: 21 people, 43.75%
  4. Eating Disorder: 20 people, 41.67%
  5. Suicide Attempt: 19 people, 39.58%
  6. Injury: 18 people, 37.50%
  7. Weight Increased: 17 people, 35.42%
  8. Compulsive Sexual Behavior: 15 people, 31.25%
  9. Bankruptcy: 13 people, 27.08%
  10. Mental Disorder (a psychological term for a mental or behavioural pattern or anomaly that causes distress or disability): 12 people, 25.00%

Common conditions people have *:

  1. Major Depression (a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. it is a serious medical illness that affects one's thoughts, feelings): 23 people, 47.92%
  2. Bipolar Disorder (mood disorder): 14 people, 29.17%
  3. Restless Leg Syndrome (a powerful urge to move your legs): 10 people, 20.83%
  4. Affective Disorder (mental disorder): 7 people, 14.58%
  5. Sleep Disorder: 7 people, 14.58%
  6. Insomnia (sleeplessness): 6 people, 12.50%
  7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: 5 people, 10.42%
  8. Pain: 5 people, 10.42%
  9. Parkinson's Disease: 4 people, 8.33%
  10. High Blood Pressure: 4 people, 8.33%

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

Do you take Lexapro and have Compulsive shopping?

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How to use the study?

You can discuss the study with your doctor, to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

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How the study uses the data?

The study uses data from the FDA. It is based on escitalopram oxalate (the active ingredients of Lexapro) and Lexapro (the brand name). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are not considered. Dosage of drugs is not considered in the study.

Who is eHealthMe?

With medical big data and proven AI algorithms, eHealthMe provides a platform for everyone to run phase IV clinical trials. We study millions of patients and 5,000 more each day. Results of our real-world drug study have been referenced on 600+ peer-reviewed medical publications, including The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Nature. Our analysis results are available to researchers, health care professionals, patients (testimonials), and software developers (open API).


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