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Side Effects of Lexapro

Friday, 14 Jan 2011 09:14 AM

Lexapro is an antidepressant that is used to treat depression, anxiety, and major depressive disorder. This medication affects brain chemicals that are linked to depression and anxiety. There are a few known side effects of Lexapro that patients should be educated about. Although side effects may be uncommon, it's always important that you report them to your physician.
Common Side Effects of Lexapro
There are some common side effects of Lexapro, most of which will diminish over time. If they do not go away or become bothersome, be sure to consult with your doctor.
  • Feeling tired or drowsy. Many antidepressant medications cause users to feel more tired or drowsy than usual. Your best bet is to try and get more sleep each night if possible.
  • Sleeplessness. Some people may experience sleeplessness or insomnia.
  • Nausea, upset stomach, and constipation. Nausea is one of the more common side effects of Lexapro and will usually subside once your body gets used to the medication.
  • Changes in sex drive. Most patients experience a decrease in sex drive while some experience an increase.
  • Weight changes. The side effects of Lexapro include weight changes. Some people lose weight while others may gain weight.
  • Dry mouth.
If you experience any of these symptoms, know that they are not necessarily serious, but you should report them to your doctor. If they become bothersome or worsen, be sure to tell your doctor right away.

There are other side effects of Lexapro that are less common, but are very serious. If you experience any of the following, it's important that you stop taking Lexapro and call your doctor at once.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
  • Trouble concentrating, headaches, and memory loss.
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, and high fever.
  • Hallucinations, fainting, or breathing problems.
Since Lexapro is used to treat depression and other serious mental health conditions, it's important that you monitor any behavioral changes. If you experience changes in mood or behavior that are troubling, you need to consult with your doctor right away. If you are feeling suicidal, agitated, or aggressive, you are likely experiencing side effects of Lexapro which your doctor should know about. If you begin having panic attacks or experiencing anxiety, let your doctor know immediately.

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