Lexapro side effects can range from mild to more severe. It is important to note that all drugs have side effects, both positive and negative, and Lexapro is no exception.
What Is Lexapro?
Lexapro (generic name: escitalopram) is used to treat anxiety in adults and major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old.
It is also prescribed for those suffering from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) who also suffer from comorbid (co-occurring) depression and anxiety, which are common co-occurring conditions with ADHD.
For a more in-depth article about ADHD and co-occurring conditions click here.
Common and less serious side effects of Lexapro may include constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased sweating; lightheadedness when you stand or sit up; loss of appetite; nausea; stomach upset; tiredness; trouble sleeping.
Depending on the individual, side effects of Lexapro may include Lexapro weight changes. Weight loss is more common, but weight gain may occur in up to 5% of those taking Lexapro.
There is the risk of serotonin syndrome when taking this medication, which is serious and can be life-threatening.
Mixing With Alcohol
Read this guide about the risks of mixing Lexapro and alcohol.
Taking Lexapro During Pregnancy
Read about the risks of combining antidepressants and pregnancy.
More serious side effects may include allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. Black or bloody stools; chest pain; confusion; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory loss; menstrual period changes; new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, and hostility.
In addition, report to your doctor any exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still; persistent or severe ringing in the ears;persistent, painful erection; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent anxiety or trouble sleeping; severe or persistent headache; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; unusual weakness; vision changes; worsening of depression.
Also, you may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly. It is best to store it at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Make sure you take it regularly at the prescribed times, and do not stop using Lexapro without first talking to your doctor. If experiencing these serious side effects seek medical attention right away.