Lexapro Anxiety Side Effect Reports


The following Lexapro Anxiety side effect reports were submitted by healthcare professionals and consumers.

This information will help you understand how side effects, such as Anxiety, can occur, and what you can do about them.

A side effect could appear soon after you start Lexapro or it might take time to develop.


Anxiety, Heart Rate Increased, Panic Attack, Hyperventilation

This Anxiety side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 31-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA. The patient was prescribed Lexapro (dosage: 1 Pill Taken By Mouth), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Anxiety
  • Heart Rate Increased
  • Panic Attack
  • Hyperventilation
These side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Depression, Anxiety, Product Substitution Issue

This Anxiety Lexapro side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US on Nov 20, 2013. A Female , 52 years of age, weighting 140.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lexapro. The patient presented the following health conditions:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Product Substitution Issue
. Lexapro dosage: NA. Additional drugs used at the same time: NA.
Suicidal Ideation, Trichotillomania, Anxiety, Anhedonia, Decreased Appetite, Depressed Mood, Illusion, Sleep Disorder, Derealisation

This is a Lexapro side effect report of a 25-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage:NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Ketamine
  • Clomipramine
, and developed a serious reaction and a Anxiety side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trichotillomania
  • Anxiety
  • Anhedonia
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Depressed Mood
  • Illusion
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Derealisation
which developed after the beginning of treatment. The patient was hospitalized. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients suffering from NA, resulting in Anxiety.
Suicide Attempt, Activation Syndrome, Anxiety, Malaise

A 55-year-old patient (weight: NA) from DK with the following symptoms: depression started Lexapro treatment (dosage: 10 Mg) on Nov 08, 2011. Soon after starting Lexapro treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Suicide Attempt
  • Activation Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Malaise
. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Rivotril (1 Mg)
  • Depas (0.5 Mg)
  • Reslin (25 Mg)
  • Yokukansankachimpihange (7.5 Gram)
The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Lexapro side effects, such as Anxiety.
Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attack, Fear, Decreased Appetite, Headache, Dry Mouth, Insomnia, Palpitations

A female patient from US was prescribed and started Lexapro on May 02, 2013. Patient felt the following Lexapro side effects: major depression, anxiety, panic attack, fear, decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, insomnia, palpitations Additional patient health information: Female , 53 years of age, weighting 120.0 lb, The consumer reported the following symptoms: . Lexapro dosage: 5 Milligrams Once Daily Po. Concurrently used drugs: NA.
Chest Pain, Anxiety, Headache, Insomnia

This report suggests a potential Lexapro Anxiety side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): anxiety and used Lexapro (dosage: NA) starting 199807. Soon after starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Chest Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Prempro
The patient was hospitalized. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anxiety, may still occur.
Homicide, Hallucination, Auditory, Anxiety, Nervousness, Agitation, Withdrawal Syndrome, Irritability, Feeling Abnormal

An adverse event was reported by a health professional on Apr 24, 2013 by a male taking Lexapro (dosage: NA) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 42 years of age, patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Directly after treatment started, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lexapro side effects: homicide, hallucination, auditory, anxiety, nervousness, agitation, withdrawal syndrome, irritability, feeling abnormal. Additional medications/treatments:
Suicidal Ideation, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Swings

This Anxiety problem was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 42-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): anxiety,depression.On Sep 03, 2011 a consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Anxiety, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Anxiety, Fatigue, Feeling Abnormal, Abdominal Discomfort, Malaise

This is a Lexapro side effect report of a 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: depression,anxiety,panic attack and was treated with Lexapro (dosage: 1 In 1 D) starting 2011. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Xanax Xr (1mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Xanax Xr (1mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Xanax Xr (1mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Alprazolam (1 Mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Alprazolam (1 Mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Alprazolam (1 Mg, 3 In 1 D)
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin Calcium) (atorvastatin Calcium)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling Abnormal
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Malaise
This opens a possibility that Lexapro could cause Anxiety and that some female patients may be more susceptible.
Irritability, Anxiety, Social Avoidant Behaviour

This Anxiety side effect was reported by a physician from US on Mar 27, 2013. A female patient from US , 52 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lexapro. Directly after treatment started, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Lexapro side effects: irritability, anxiety, social avoidant behaviour. Lexapro dosage: NA. These side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Anxiety, Irritability, Tachyphrenia, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Aphagia, Insomnia, Weight Decreased, Loss Of Employment

This Anxiety side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 59-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression. The patient was prescribed Lexapro (dosage: NA), which was started on May 12, 2012. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Lexapro the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Tachyphrenia
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  • Aphagia
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Decreased
  • Loss Of Employment
These side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
Feeling Hot, Paraesthesia, Dizziness, Nausea, Headache, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Asthenia, Anxiety

This Anxiety Lexapro / Forest Pharmace side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US on Mar 08, 2013. A Female , 71 years of age, weighting 150.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lexapro / Forest Pharmace. The patient presented the following health conditions:
  • Feeling Hot
  • Paraesthesia
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Musculoskeletal Stiffness
  • Asthenia
  • Anxiety
. Lexapro / Forest Pharmace dosage: Took 1/2 Tab 20 Mg 1x Day. Additional drugs used at the same time: NA.
Anxiety, Mood Altered, Condition Aggravated, Product Substitution Issue

This is a Lexapro side effect report of a 27-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lexapro (dosage:Lexapro 5 Mg Daily 6/12 - Current, start time: NS), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a Anxiety side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Altered
  • Condition Aggravated
  • Product Substitution Issue
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lexapro treatment in female patients suffering from NA, resulting in Anxiety.
Product Substitution Issue, Anxiety

A 32-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: anxiety started Lexapro treatment (dosage: NA) on 201207. Soon after starting Lexapro treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Product Substitution Issue
  • Anxiety
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Lexapro side effects, such as Anxiety.
Anxiety, Suicidal Ideation, Loss Of Libido, Sexual Dysfunction, Depression, Withdrawal Syndrome, Emotional Disorder, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impaired

A patient from US was prescribed and started Lexapro on Oct 15, 2012. After Lexapro was administered, patient encountered several Lexapro side effects: anxiety, suicidal ideation, loss of libido, sexual dysfunction, depression, withdrawal syndrome, emotional disorder, visual impairment, hearing impaired Additional patient health information: male , 23 years of age, weighting 205.0 lb, The consumer reported the following symptoms: was diagnosed with and. Lexapro dosage: NA. Concurrently used drugs: NA. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.
Psychotic Disorder, Joint Swelling, Dyspnoea, Anxiety, Cognitive Disorder, Confusional State, Hyponatraemia, Tremor, Nausea

This report suggests a potential Lexapro Anxiety side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 86-year-old female patient from DK (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): NA and used Lexapro (dosage: 5 Mg) starting Nov 07, 2011. Soon after starting Lexapro the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Joint Swelling
  • Dyspnoea
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive Disorder
  • Confusional State
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Tremor
  • Nausea
Drugs used concurrently:NA. The patient was hospitalized. Although Lexapro demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anxiety, may still occur.
Pain, Depression, Nerve Injury, Anxiety, Impaired Gastric Emptying, Abdominal Pain, Weight Decreased, Gastrointestinal Pain, Gallbladder Disorder

An adverse event was reported by a consumer or non-health professional on Jun 21, 2012 by a Female taking Lexapro (dosage: NA) was diagnosed with and. Location: UNITED STATES , 19 years of age, weighting 97.98 lb, patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Patient felt the following Lexapro side effects: pain, depression, nerve injury, anxiety, impaired gastric emptying, abdominal pain, weight decreased, gastrointestinal pain, gallbladder disorder. Additional medications/treatments:
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Pantoprazole Sodium (40 Mg, Unk Dispensed 01-oct-2008)
  • Yaz (Unk)
The patient was hospitalized.
Anxiety, Pruritus, Homicidal Ideation, Influenza Like Illness, Anger, Dyspnoea, Fatigue

This Anxiety problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from UNITED STATES. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): depression,hepatitis c.On May 04, 2012 a consumer started treatment with Lexapro (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
  • Pegasys
  • Incivek
  • Ribavirin
When commencing Lexapro, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Anxiety
  • Pruritus
  • Homicidal Ideation
  • Influenza Like Illness
  • Anger
  • Dyspnoea
  • Fatigue
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Anxiety, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pain, Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnoea Syndrome, Pain In Extremity, Anxiety, Injury

This is a Lexapro side effect report of a 38-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Lexapro (dosage: 20 Mg, Daily) starting Nov 03, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Ibuprofen (Approximately 6 Tablets Daily)
  • Yaz (Unk)
  • Yaz
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep Apnoea Syndrome
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Anxiety
  • Injury
The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Lexapro could cause Anxiety and that some female patients may be more susceptible.
Anxiety, Condition Aggravated, Depression

This Anxiety side effect was reported by a health professional from UNITED STATES on May 25, 2012. A female patient from UNITED STATES , 31 years of age, weighting 125.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Lexapro. Patient felt the following Lexapro side effects: anxiety, condition aggravated, depression. Lexapro dosage: 20 Mg 1 Dly. These side effects may potentially be related to Lexapro.
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Lexapro Anxiety Causes and Reviews


Fear and Anxiety are part of life. You may feel anxious before you take a test or walk down a dark street. This kind of Anxiety is useful - it can make you more alert or careful. It usually ends soon after you are out of the situation that caused it. But for millions of people in the United States, the Anxiety does not go away, and gets worse over time. They may have chest pains or nightmares. They may even be afraid to leave home. These people have Anxiety disorders. Types include

  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Phobias
  • Generalized Anxiety disorder

Treatment can involve medicines, therapy or both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health


Lexapro Anxiety Reviews

Thu, 06 May 2010

Seroplex/Lexapro almost destroyed our lives. My husband was prescribed it for mild Anxiety/panic attacks. Within days it transformed him into a helpless being who could not get out of bed, couldn't eat, had terrible dreams and unbeknownst to me, a fixation with suicide. Eleven days later, he hanged himself. I was fortunate to be in the house at the time and although he had stopped breathing, managed to administer cpr and called for help. He left hospital 2 weeks later and made 2 subsequent suicide attempts before being changed to Effexor.

Sun, 14 Dec 2008
I've been taking Lexapro for just 5 days. The first 2 days I had Anxiety and irregular heart beat. Third day felt pretty good. Fourth and fifth day my blood pressure has spiked really high. I'm sure it's from the Lexapro. Don't know if I should stop it and try something else or if this will stop. It really scares me. I am going to go see my Doctor tomorrow but wondered what your thoughts would be and if other people have had this problem.
Tue, 16 Feb 2010
Lexapro is a permanent life long cure for any depression if you can survive the treatment. I was prompted by a marriage counselor to go to my doctor and request drugs for my OCD symptoms (checking, intrusive sad thoughts, previous eating disorders as a teen and heavy drinking.) I went to my husband’s pcp who never met me before. He gave me a depression self-test and diagnosed me with depression and Anxiety, and then prescribed me Lexapro and Rozerem since I had a terrible insomnia problem. He also decided it was a good idea to start kissing me and grabbing me in his office. The Lexapro did such a good job getting me up and doing things, lots of things, but unfortunately, I believe it also may have made me nervous because it raised my blood pressure from it’s usual 120/80 to 145/110. I was really up, up, up. I could drink twelve shots of straight liquor and still be walking around for hours. This was the busiest year of my life. I managed to get 2 DUI’s 4 drunk in publics and an involuntary commit for suicide, attend 2 rehab’s, a hypnotherapist, weekly ASAP programs, all while working full time an taking care of a young child. During the course of my medical treatment, I was seen by 3 psychiatrists, 4 doctors, and numerous counselors. Most of the follow up treatment involved numerous more drugs, anti-buse, campral, and Buspar. All of which I had to stop taking due to side effects such as full body tremors and falling down. Finally, after the second DUI which I was also charged with a felony for pinching a police officers butt, I decided maybe I should stop taking the Lexapro b/c I seemed to have developed some obsession with alcohol and I could see I was also becoming delusional. So, while in jail, I requested no more medication for 1 week and was able to fully withdraw from Lexapro, although the depression side effects of the withdrawal lasted about three months. I met numerous other women in jail for DUI’s while on Zoloft, Lexapro and Abilify and others for shoplifting on Zanax. My depression is 100% permanently cured. I no longer ever feel sad about my life. I have never killed anyone driving drunk, I didn’t kill myself, I am no longer in jail, I didn’t get my kid taken away from me, I am not in a mental institution, and I don’t have a lethal diastolic blood pressure of 110 anymore. No matter what happens in my life now, I am always hopeful and never depressed. I know things could be much worse.
Sun, 10 Jan 2010
The first day that I took Lexapro 10mg I ended up in the hospital for 2 days. Shortly after taking it I experienced a burning feeling that began in the back of my neck and washed all over me down my arms and back to about my hips. Numbness and sweating in all extremities. Burning across jaw. Extreme Anxiety, dry mouth, panicky. Entire left side of body began trembling. Called paramedics - ecg normal but transported to hospital anyway. Set off heart monitor in ER twice so admitted for tests - all normal.
Fri, 13 Aug 2010
I was on Lexapro 10mg for almost two years. I didn't understand my slow weight gain- I am a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I monitor my food intake (I have written down everything I have eaten since 2004 when I joined, so I could even show you what i ate!) and I exercise- run, kickbox, weights. I went on birth control a month later, and initially blamed the weight gain on the BC, so I went off of that a year ago. It continued. I spoke to trainers, WW leaders, nutritionists- but always blamed myself and figured I was doing something wrong. I reduced calories and worked out more, and kept going up until I hit a 20lb gain. All in my abdomen- it just didn't seem normal. If I gained a pound, no matter WHAT I did, it wouldn't come off. I worked out so much I had fit arms and legs- but love handles I had never had before (even BEFORE I lost more than 60lbs 6 years ago) and my stomach was so bloated. No pants fit. I was so, so depressed. About 4 months ago, I started getting nightsweats, and my period started skipping months. I was petrified that I was in early menopause (I am 34). It was only then, after talking to countless friends, that I thought MAYBE it was the Lexapro. I googled it and found boards like this where people shared their stories- I felt like I was hearing myself talk. The weight gain- in the same spots! I was amazed. Since then, I weaned off my dose. It sucked, I had side effects from that (brain zaps, light flashes, edginess, lethargy and really bad heart palpitations-- even though I slowly weaned off the drug over a month.) and now I am 14 days Lexapro free. I had a brain flash this morning- but it was weird, it had been a while since I had felt the side effects. In fact, I finally stopped the dosages (I was down to 2.5mg every other day) because the side effects had become more minimal. I have heard it works for many people- but not for me. It helped when I needed it, early on. But then I had so much Anxiety about what was going on with my body. Not only that- the withdrawals had me scared about what was in my brain (when I went on, I got the brain zaps, but it was my first antideppresant ever and I thought that was normal). For me, it was NOT a long term drug. I am just glad I made the connection.
Mon, 18 Oct 2010
took for 3 months for Anxiety and then was diagnosed with severe depression and my dose was upped from 10 to 20 mg. the whole time I took Lexapro I felt wierd, walking into walls and being dizzy and brain sharp stabs and coming in and out of consiousness for a second or so. I started to forget peoples names sometimes and was always haaving unusual symptoms, like swolen joints, and nots around my muscles and joints, and stiff back, and shoulders not working smoothly, stiff jaw, headaches, all kinds or irregular symptoms that would just show up for no reason out of no where. My doctor said the symptoms were not from the Lexapro and to have my internist check for arthritus, flu, some kind of infection, or heart disease, or even a brain tumor. I check all these things and wasted an inordinate of time at the doctor and paying bills for testing. Then I just gave up on my doctor because he was not listening to me and just wanted me to take my medicine and quit complaining. He even said he might increase my dose to 40 mg a day. So I decided to slowely stop taking it. I followed some internet advise to cut back by about 5 mg at a time and take a smaller dose for 2 weeks if I had taken Lexapro for 6 months and for 4 weeks at a time, if i had been taking it for a year. Now I am down to 5 mg a day and will cut it down to 2.5 for a while before I stop completely. So far I have has withdrawal symptoms, but they do not seem to be nearly as bad as the side effects from when I had the highest dose. I do think the Lexapro was good to take for my Anxiety, but the side effects are giving me anziety now and I want to get off this poison and learn better ways to deal with my Anxiety. I will work on exercise and training my brain, and discipline and this will keep me healthier and more in control than that poison.
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