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Changed from Escitalopram to Lexapro. Swollen retinas. Due to medicine?

I have been taking Lexapro for a few years. March 2012 my prescription changed to the generic escitalopram. In the fall of 2012 I was to have cataract surgery. My doctor found my retinas swollen and sent me to a specialist. I have had three appointments with him. He asked me about my medications and said he would do research. My eyes were fine before I took this medication. Is there any record of swollen retinas being a side effect?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Dear Ma'am/Sir,
Lexapro is a trade name & Escitalopram is the generic name for the same. So basically there has been no change of drug.
Some people do have Central serous retinopathy(CSR:swelling of retina) rarely as a complication.
But matter of fact Escitalopram has been proven by research to have resolved & reduced recurrences of CSR, which is the reason why the ophthalmologist wanted to take you as study subject(you contradict the research).
Please stop taking stress & sleep well....because stress and insomnia are the primary cause of swollen retina.
Hope you get well soon....

Answered: Tue, 2 Jul 2013
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