Lexapro Addiction? Withdrawal Syndrome Has Serious Consequences

Although not considered a Lexapro addiction, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressant use does have an associated risk of SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome. SSRI anti-depressants are not technically physically addictive, but discontinuation of these medications can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms including dizziness, irritability and paresthesia (brain shivers).

Another important consideration of taking any medication is the possibility of developing a psychological addiction – a belief that one cannot function normally without a daily (or more frequent) dosage. All of these issues are of interest to addiction researchers.

Recent innovative technology has tapped into a new source of addiction data. Search frequency research allows addiction specialists to study the popularity of phrases related to various drugs, such as Lexapro addictions. The graphs on this page represent summaries for a one-year period.

Zoloft vs Lexapro / Paxil vs Lexapro / Lexapro vs Prozac – Extensive Comparisons

Throughout Graph 1, there are numerous comparisons between Lexapro and other SSRI anti-depressants.

  • Zoloft vs Lexapro” and an additional five related phrases total 58,764 annual queries
  • there are nine “Paxil vs Lexapro” occurrences, totalling 77,767 searches
  • nine other references to “Lexapro vs Prozac” (46,698) round out this theme

The two most prominent searches in this study are “alcohol and Lexapro” and “Lexapro and alcohol” (72,388). Unlike benzodiazepine anti-depressants and alcohol, SSRI anti-depressants do not increase the effects of alcohol, although alcohol may deepen the depression. It is not recommended to combine alcohol and Lexapro.

Lexapro Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  41,000
alcohol and lexapro    39530
lexapro and alcohol    32858
paxil vs lexapro    25915
lexapro alcohol    23177
zoloft vs lexapro    22630
lexapro prozac    20665
lexapro vs paxil    18980
lexapro paxil    17307
lexapro vs prozac    16792
lexapro zoloft    15364
lexapro vs zoloft    12483
lexapro versus zoloft    5840
anti depressant    4416
lexapro versus paxil    4236
paxil to lexapro    3435
prozac vs lexapro    3288
lexapro anti depressant    3285
lexapro and paxil    2924
lexapro paxil vs    1971
paxil and lexapro    1828
from prozac to lexapro    1682
lexapro prozac vs    1533
prozac or lexapro    1472
prozac lexapro    1460
zoloft lexapro    1351
lexapro versus prozac    1278
lexapro and marijuana    1241
paxil or lexapro    1171
zoloft versus lexapro    1096
switching from prozac    1095
anti depressant lexapro    1095
0 41,000

Lexapro Addictions – Any Mention in Search Phrases?

In Graph 2, a listing of the single most popular online word searches related to Lexapro, “addiction” is noted only 12 times, and the word “withdrawal” appears a mere 9 times. It seems that a fear of addiction to SSRI anti-depressants is not prevalent, or at least not demonstrated in this study. A negative Lexapro search worth mentioning involves the phrase “Lexapro Ambien and suicide” in Graph 3, which makes reference to the connection between SSRI anti-depressants and suicide rates.

Lexapro - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in Lexapro searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 Lexapro exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  110,000
vs    103605
alcohol    96031
paxil    76391
zoloft    70280
prozac    47274
from    15359
switching    14247
versus    13001
anti    4489
depressant    4452
adderall    2375
marijuana    1533
xanax    1236
ambien    1196
switch    1105
cocaine    1096
phentermine    1040
vicodin    955
difference    833
take    820
taking    543
how    515
interaction    503
side    450
mixing    445
effexor    365
taken    310
similar    293
ultram    278
it    220
depressants    183
abuse    182
compare    156
shop    152
qoclick    152
ritalin    149
suicide    146
boards    136
drug    134
verses    122
syndrome    112
weight    111
gain    111
seratonin    110
celexa    110
cns    110
tramadol    92
what    90
anxiety    87
hydrocodone    75
information    75
time    74
relaxant    73
reaction    55
mdma    50
medication    36
medicine    36
titrating    36
comparisons    36
umaxppc    24
differences    24
drink    16
comparison    13
stories    12
addiction    12
ativan    12
methadone    9
withdrawal    9
consumption    8
30mg    6
interactions    6
200mg    6
symptoms    6
head    6
better    5
wellbutrin    4
valium    4
safe    4
combine    4
lawsuit    4
concerta    3
dosages    3
taper    3
compared    3
action    3
10mg    3
depression    3
mg    3
class    3
mixed    2
cold    2
drinking    2
caffeine    2
changing    2
avoid    2
serotonin    2
sideeffects    2
turkey    2
treatment    2
amphetamines    2
0 110,000

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Lexapro - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  1100
adderall and lexapro    1022
lexapro and adderall    842
phentermine and lexapro    803
xanax and lexapro    745
zoloft and lexapro    741
lexapro and ambien    734
lexapro and vicodin    732
cocaine and lexapro    730
paxil versus lexapro    548
alcohol lexapro    446
lexapro with xanax    442
adderall alcohol    438
mixing lexapro with xanax    438
adderall alcohol lexapro    438
lexapro and cocaine    365
effexor paxil vs    365
effexor paxil vs lexapro    365
effexor paxil    365
marijuana interaction    292
ambien lexapro    292
lexapro and marijuana interaction    292
vicodin lexapro    223
take vicodin    220
taking ultram    220
phentermine taken with lexapro    219
taking ultram and lexapro    219
marijuana and lexapro    219
lexapro alcohol abuse    182
alcohol abuse    182
lexapro ambien    154
compare zoloft    146
taking adderall    146
lexapro with ritalin    146
compare zoloft to lexapro    146
ambien and suicide    146
lexapro ambien and suicide    146
prozac boards    128
lexapro verses zoloft    122
prozac and lexapro    112
cns depressants lexapro    110
cns depressants    110
lexapro v prozac    110
zoloft weight    110
zoloft weight gain    110
zoloft with lexapro    110
adderall seratonin    110
tramadol and lexapro    76
hydrocodone and lexapro    73
lexapro vs zoloft anxiety    73
anti depressants    73
zoloft anxiety    73
taking prozac    73
taking tramadol    73
information on phentermine    73
lexapro and ultram    57
lexapro mdma    49
lexapro marijuana    49
depressant medication    36
lexapro depressant medicine    36
prozac and lexapro comparisons    36
titrating zoloft lexapro    36
lexapro and xanax    36
anti depressant medication    36
anti depressant medication lexapro    36
lexapro to paxil    25
differences lexapro zoloft    24
lexapro v zoloft    24
marijuana lexapro interaction    24
lexapro and zoloft    17
drink alcohol    16
0 1100