Lexapro is an antidepressant which falls under the category of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class (SSRI). It is a medicine for adults to treat depression and general anxiety disorders. Before using it is highly recommended that you talk first with a doctor if you have conditions such as kidney or liver disease, past history for drug, alcohol abuse, past suicidal thoughts, or signs of depression. Among all, you have also to tell whether in the past or currently you are using other anti depressants like, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Paxil, Prozac, Pexeva etc. It is also widely compared with other SSRI drugs, such as with citalopram, but in generally it is said to work faster. As depression is believed to be caused by neurotransmitters imbalance it prohibits the reuptake by nerves after they have once been released. This can lead to better mood and higher energy level.
Among the common side effects we can mention:
- Dry mouth
- Decreased sexual desire
Among the more severe side effects we can mention:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Panic attack
- Allergic reactions
- Stomach pain
- Deteriorating depression
- Mood change
- Severe insomnia
- Breath shortening
- Ejaculation disorder
For the above mentioned side effects and for other conditions you might experience other than those mentioned please contact immediately a doctor. Tell you doctor immediately if you are pregnant while using Lexapro. It can cause serious lung and heart problems at the baby. Also if breastfeeding it can pass at the milk and harm the infant. Use it only when prescribed by a doctor.
Lexapro is an antidepressant, and after its use, you should consult with a doctor for the withdrawal, because without a special program, a sudden withdrawal could bring other side effects and deteriorating conditions for the patient, such as irritability, insomnia, dizziness, tiredness and anxiety.
However lexapro can cause also other side effects that may not be listed above. If you experience unusual state, and feel uncomfortable, call immediately your physician.