Lexapro is a common antidepressant drug used to treat bipolar disorder. Investigate this article to learn more about lexapro side effects.

Lexapro Side Effects

Lexapro is a common antidepressant drug that is frequently used to treat patients suffering from severe depression and anxiety disorders. The drug is also effective in the treatment of panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. The drug works by inhibiting serotonin an important chemical in the brain. Lexapro is very useful with limited side effects when taken as per the recommendation of the physician. However, many patients taking the drug may complain of side effects like headaches, nausea, fatigue, and ejaculation problems. A scientific study has revealed that 10-15% men undergoing lexapro treatment may suffer from ejaculation problems once they start taking this anti depressant drug. However, as the body adjusts to the drug, most of the side effects go away. Other minor side effects of lexapro include sweating, decreased libido, diarrhea, constipation and trembling. Most of the side effects usually go away without any medical intervention as the body gets used to the drug. However, in certain cases, some patients may experience serious side effects like hostility, panic attacks, restlessness, elation and mood swings, rapid heartbeats, hallucinations, confusion, changes in blood pressure, active reflexes, agitation and irritability as well as seizures and occasionally getting into a coma. It is therefore good for you to consult your physician, if any of these side effects persist. Browse through the following sections to learn more about the different side effect of this drug.

Side Effects Of Lexapro
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased sweating
  • Ejaculation delay
  • Gas in stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Inability to have or keep an erection
  • Impotence
  • Loss in sexual ability, desire, drive and performance
  • Stomach pain
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Being unable to sleep
  • Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • Unnatural sleeping
  • Unusual drowsiness
Other Side Effects
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cough
  • Decreased appetite
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • General feeling of discomfort or illness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Not able to have an orgasm
  • Pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • Runny nose
  • Shivering
  • Shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sweating
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Wheezing
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
Rare Side Effects Of Lexapro
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Increased thirst
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling of the face ankles, or hands
  • Decreased urine output
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Dysphoric mood
  •  Irritability
  •  Agitation
  • Sensory disturbances including electric shock sensations and paresthesias
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Unstable mood
  • Insomnia
  • Hypomania
Discontinuing lexapro treatment too quickly can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects as well. If some of the side effects persist for long or if you find them very bothersome, do not hesitate to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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