Lexapro vs St. John's Wort

Lexapro
(Rx)
St. John's Wort
(OTC)
Lexapro is an antidepressant medication.
St. John's Wort is an alternative medication.
Satisfaction Score
?
3.5
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
?
3.9
Very Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Depression
2.8
Concern level
1.7
Helpfulness
for Depression
5.0
Concern level
1.7
Approval Date
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August 14, 2002
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
288,105 Discussions
38,960 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Anxiety
#2 for Depression
#3 for Panic Attacks
#4 for Pain
#5 for Insomnia
#7 for Panic
#8 for Headaches
#9 for OCD
#10 for GAD
#11 for Social Anxiety
#12 for Anxiety Attacks
#13 for Mood Swings
Lexapro is prescribed for Anxiety and Depression and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Depression
#2 for Anxiety
#5 for Addiction
St. John's Wort is approved for Depression and Anxiety and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Lex
Withdrawal Symptoms
10
Nausea
4
Dizziness
4
Sexual Dysfunction
3
Numbness
2
Drowsiness
2
Decreased Libido
1
Suicidal behavior
1
Head Zaps
1
Palpitations
1
St.
Serotonin Syndrome
2
Weight Gain
2
Headaches
2
Mood Swings
2
Irritability
2
Weight Loss
1
Nausea
1
Dizziness
1
Sun Sensitivity
1
Weakness
1
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Lexapro
Lex
St. John's Wort
St.
Withdrawal Symptoms
Lex
St.
10
0
Nausea
Lex
St.
4
1
Dizziness
Lex
St.
4
1
Sexual Dysfunction
Lex
St.
3
0
Numbness
Lex
St.
2
0
Drowsiness
Lex
St.
2
0
Decreased Libido
Lex
St.
1
0
Suicidal behavior
Lex
St.
1
0
Head Zaps
Lex
St.
1
0
Palpitations
Lex
St.
1
0
Serotonin Syndrome
St.
Lex
2
0
Weight Gain
St.
Lex
2
0
Headaches
St.
Lex
2
0
Mood Swings
St.
Lex
2
0
Irritability
St.
Lex
2
0
Weight Loss
St.
Lex
1
0
Nausea
St.
Lex
1
4
Dizziness
St.
Lex
1
4
Sun Sensitivity
St.
Lex
1
0
Weakness
St.
Lex
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Lexapro during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Lexapro and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between St. John's Wort and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Oral Drops, Pill
Dosages
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Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg
Solution: 5 mg/5 mL
Capsule: 150 mg, 300 mg, 450 mg, 600 mg, 1000 mg
Tablet: 300 mg, 450 mg
Drops: 25 mg/mL
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Escitalopram Oxalate
St. John's Wort
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Lexapro and St. John's Wort: Undetermined interaction. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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