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Lexapro or escitalopram may treat depression and anxiety. Actually Lexapro contains the same active component as Celexa. Aggressive marketing promoting the drug as superior to other available options succeeded in boosting total sales well in excess of $14 billion. Unfortunately studies fail to show Lexapro offers any unique advantages over other similar SSRIs such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. Recent investigations suggest not only are antidepressants overprescribed but their effectiveness compared to inactive placebo therapy remains subject to debate.
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Natalie Morgan (9 days ago)
I took 5 mg for 2 years. It worked well but then just stopped. Definitely was not a placebo effect.
zodiusracemosis (23 days ago)
I've been on it 15 years works wonders
Natalie Morgan (5 days ago)
+zodiusracemosis Yep me too, severe panic/depression. It's amazing that Lexapro has worked at the same dose for you for so long. I'm hoping that increasing to 10 mg helps me. I think I might be feeling a bit better. It's been about 3 weeks since the increase.
zodiusracemosis (5 days ago)
+Natalie Morgan no the doctors wanted me to take 20mg but I've never noticed a difference between 10mg or 20mg. I take 10mg once a day and I'll be happy to take it the rest of my life if I have to, it's worked wonders for my life and I had SEVERE panic attacks and depression. I also take ativan before bed.
Natalie Morgan (9 days ago)
I'm happy for you but a tad jealous that you got 15 years out of it. May I ask the dose? Did you have to increase it at all over 15 years and if so, did that help?
Arazoe Love (1 month ago)
The sleep Dr. Prescribed this to me and i told him iv been in remission for 9 years of colon cancer. So if its toxic to my health then why would he prescribe this ro me, if its so full of carcinogens???
Konasha (14 days ago)
If you are a mouse, then you shouldn't really take it now, if not, then trust your doctor please and not some guy on youtube. But if you have still have doubts, ask your doctor about it!
Dave Burrell (1 month ago)
This guy has no fucking clue I’m sorry. He’s scare mongering
CraynerProductions (1 month ago)
Please can you do a video on Monoamine oxidase inhibitor’s! :]
Kas (2 months ago)
Here doc, learn the truth!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCpa1RlSdQ
Lucinda Meyer (2 months ago)
This stuff almost killed me. Should never be given to kids. It’s poison. I am now fighting for my life. God help us. They playing with our brains and they don’t have clue what they are doing. There thousands of us who been injured like this. We are lucky if we don’t die !!!! I am now 14 months no poison and housebound akathisia, neuropathy agoraphobia. Terrified. It was given to me for a thyroid condition. Please do not play with your brain. This stuff will cause suicidal thoughts and actions. Or worse. It turned on me and a destroyed my central nervous system and Brian. I live in horrific pain and terror. Not knowing Whalen it will end. Omg you doctors are scary !!!! It did cause a manic episode I lost my mind at 55 people do not just suddenly become mentally ill. My doctor kept me on this for over twelve years and when I was taken off. He just stopped the lexapro. I hit the ground not being able to walk or talk. Pain suicidal. You name it. I have survived and I don’t know how. This stuff kills people. God help us they are dangerous deadly poisons. Suicide ideation is common in the adults too. I was displaying all the symptoms of an adverse reaction and not one doctor picked up on this. They just wanted to add more ! I was dying. The doctors don’t know how to do tapers. They are clueless. It’s all about the money anymore. No cares about your health make that dollar. I know two beautiful people who are now loosing there life because of the brain damage they received. Brain damage !!!!!!! How do you give children poisons like this and be ok with it. Evil. Just evil. I am morning my life now. Have not been able to leave my home in over 16 months. They killed me and others. Please someone help. Wake up. Please wake up.
PJ S (15 days ago)
I'm confused...this was given for a thyroid condition? Never heard of that.
zodiusracemosis (23 days ago)
You're nuts I've been on it 15 years it's amazing
Grayson Guice (1 month ago)
you just sound like an absolute psycho so you haven't convinced me of anything.
Igor (1 month ago)
It helped me a lot back in 2010. Very minor side effects lasted for 2 weeks or so. Then I started feeling great and managed to take steps to change my life for the better and just a few months after I started taking Escitalopram, I stopped by slowly reducing the dosage without asking any doctor.
hellboyjv3 (2 months ago)
Lucinda Meyer Calm down. Your panic is not helping your situation. First off, you should see a specialist if you think you have brain damage from this. A neurosurgeon or something. Probably a good chance that if you cold turkey the medication you had it would have a major effect since you took it so long.
Wexley Yarway (3 months ago)
wow, this was very informative. Very intelligent man. Thank you!!!
Mario Peters (3 months ago)
A Dermatologists talks about psychotropic drugs 😕....
Mario Peters (1 month ago)
+Anthony Rindfleish I study medicine! And a good doctor deals with a human :) And do not just classify him! Medicines are a support. You all have half knowledge! Check out the dermatologist's website ... I was shocked;)
Anthony Rindfleish (1 month ago)
Mario Peters you got no idea.......you should spend your time doing some research yourself.......psychiatry is a pseudo science based on absolutely no facts (or science for that matter) using the DSM as a way to label people (incorrectly I might add) of which is both scientifically and medically an invalid text. The chemical imbalance theory is a made up term to lie to people to suck down these pills. I will help you start your own research. Ask your doctor for the test results of the measurement of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in your brain. Search Dr Peter Breggin, Robert Whitaker, Professor Heather Ashton, Professor Malcolm Lader, Dr Healy, Dr Terry Lynch, Peter Goetsche, Rosenhan experiment. Let me know when you need more. Remember, psychiatrists are people who could not make it as Doctors and are narcissistic and desire to have control over people to meet their own short comings in the real world. They are nothing but scum bag bottom feeders ruining people's lives.
Tamara Foxen (1 month ago)
+Mario Peters Possibly, you may prefer viewing a Doctor of Psychiatry's videos. The Medical Doctor here presents published data, with supportive clinical trial sources, addressing numerous pharmaceutical drugs, along with other medical topics. He is not providing patient personal medical advisement, nor treating medical conditions here.
Mario Peters (1 month ago)
has someone here who gives such comments. a medical education or study? Psychotropic drugs work! Mental disorders are a complex interplay of personality development (experiences), genetic factors and environmental factors. One pillar is personal strength and therapy, the other a supportive drug treatment. This should be done and monitored by a specialist in psychiatry!
Tamara Foxen (1 month ago)
One can be a Medical Doctor, an excellent researcher, have 40 years of patient interacting experience, while practicing medicine in a Specialty (hence Dermatologist). Simple.
zippeduniform3 (3 months ago)
Thank you so much doctor! Very informative indeed.

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