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US brand name: Lexapro
Generic name: escitalopram

Lexapro’s Pros and Cons


Works faster than other serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Many people who take it have reported it has better effects and lower chances for side effects than other SSRIs (especially weight gain), and when side effects do strike most of them tend to be less harsh. Fewer drug-drug interactions than any other SSRI.


Few dosage options with the tablets. Some side effects (teeth grinding, TMJ, anorgasmia) can be way worse than with other SSRIs, and those first two can get really painful.

Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Lexapro

If you want to be as much of a pedantic asshole about these things as I am, Lexapro is the only true SSRI. All the others affect something else, usually one or more other neurotransmitters, to some extent, although only enough for side effects, off-label uses, or as the reason why only one SSRI works for somebody. Unfortunately its purity of serotonin action can lead to interference with dopamine and norepinephrine, and that can cause some problems.

Best Known for

The Lexapro Yawn. It doesn’t matter that you’re not tired, you can yawn so intensely and so often that your jaw can pop out of its joints and you’ll need to see a doctor about that.
I’m sorry if reading this made you yawn, especially if you take Lexapro.

Working faster than any SSRI or SNRI.

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Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 16:45:52 by JerodPoorePage Author Date created Sunday, 05 December 2010 at 13:49
“Lexapro (escitalopram): Pros and Cons” by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2010 Jerod Poore Published online 2010/12/05

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