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Pancreatitis From Lexapro (Escitalopram)?

Around May of 2016, I began taking 10 mg of Escitalopram daily for anxiety. In November of 2016, I was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis with a lipase level in excess of 3,000. I did not have gall stones and I am not a heavy drinker, which rules out the primary causes of pancreatitis. Although my pancreatitis did not result from heavy alcohol consumption, I stopped drinking alcohol completely as a precautionary measure, having been advised that alcohol can trigger a pancreatic attack following an initial case of pancreatitis.

In May of 2017 I had a recurrence of acute pancreatitis, this time more severe, and was hospitalized for two nights. My GI specialist is widely renowned and very thorough, and he performed an endoscopic ultrasound to further investigate possible causes of my pancreatitis. He was unable to find anything that seemed a likely cause.

Prior to November 2016, I never had any issues with my pancreas. The only thing that I was doing differently was taking Lexapro. I began to do some research, and it appears that there is an increased risk of pancreatitis for people taking Lexapro (Escitalopram), particularly in my demographic (36-year-old female). I am posting this in hopes that other people who have been diagnosed with pancreatitis and are taking Lexapro or generic Escitalopram will respond with their stories.

I appreciate any input.
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replied November 6th, 2017
Same deal here.
I don't drink, I have the occasional smoke and I've never spent time in a hospital. I also took Lexapro/Escitalopram (10mg) and ended up with 1800 lipase and pancreatitis. I stopped taking altogether and I'm currently looking for a replacement antidepressant. Wellbutrin has been known to cause pancreatitis as well. Thinking Buspar or working on my anxiety with Yoga or exercise. I'm a 37 year old male and I'm going to get an MRI tomorrow. Never found anything on CAT scan or X-Ray. Lipase levels went back to normal.
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replied January 14th, 2018
Hi there,

I am just now seeing your response to my post. Thank you for taking the time to post your story. How did the MRI go?


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