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What Are the Side Effects of Lexapro™?

Potential Side Effects of a Common Antidepressant


Updated June 03, 2014

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Side effects of Lexapro, also called escitalopram, that you might experience while taking this, commonly prescribed, drug for depression include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Sweating
  • Changes in taste
  • Decreased sexual function or low libido
  • Fever
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Appetite changes either increased or decreased
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea

While these side effects usually do not require medical intervention, you should report them to your health care provider if they continue for over one week or if they interfere with your daily routine.

Less common, but potentially more serious, side effects of Lexapro that you should report to your health care provider immediately include:

  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hives, itching, or other skin reactions
  • Dizziness or feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling over excited, that you cannot control your actions, or rapid talking
  • Feeling confused

If you experience any feelings of anxiety, agitation, or restlessness while taking Lexapro you should consult your health care provider as soon as you can. Although these side effects can occur at anytime during treatment, those patients who are sensitive to Lexapro or escitalopram usually experience these side effects during their first week of treatment with this antidepressant drug.

I know a doctor who, when prescribing a new medication, always says, “Remember, any drug can do anything, anytime.” That’s important advice to remember, since you can never be certain how your body will react to any new medication or how a new drug will interact with any other drugs, you’re taking.

Remember to consult your health care provider anytime you’re unsure about any symptom, or symptoms, that you experience while taking any medication. Most of the time, particularly in the case of antidepressants, other medications are available when serious or bothersome side effects occur.

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Lexapro Information

Reference: Drugs A to Z
Accessed: 07/31/08.

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