Lexapro Side Effects

Lexapro Side Effects

At Alternative to Meds Center, we assist people in eliminating side effects of Lexapro, and also reducing the withdrawal symptoms associated with the antidepressant drug Lexapro.


Our rehab staff know that there are other, better resolutions to treating mental health than suffering with side effects from being medicated. An experience with any sort of Lexapro side effects can cause a person to be miserable. Yet discontinuing this medication without proper guidance can lead to even more troubling Lexapro withdrawal symptoms.

Lexapro is typically prescribed for depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Some people respond well to this medication, without a single Lexapro side effect. However, as with many prescription antidepressants, there is the potential for numerous Lexapro side effects. When antidepressant drug side effects occur, in some cases they are not severe and might be able to be treated by your healthcare provider. Lexapro has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials. In such studies side effects of Lexapro that occur in a group of people taking this antidepressant are documented and compared to a group of people who experience the same side effects without taking the medication. This way, which side effects, how often they occur, and how they differ from the other group can be identified.

Based on research studies, Lexapro side-effects commonly include: headaches in 24% of patients, nausea in 18%, ejaculation problems in 14%, extreme tiredness in 13%, insomnia in 12%, dry mouth in 9%, fatigue in 8%, abnormal sweating in 8%, diarrhea in 8%, decreased sex drive in 7%, orgasm problems in 6%, constipation in 6% and dizziness in 5% of patients. Some of these Lexapro side-effects, such as dry mouth and sexual problems, may be less likely to go away with time. Other side effects from Lexapro commonly occurring (in 1% to 5% of patients) include: indigestion (dyspepsia), decreased appetite, impotence (erectile dysfunction), nightmares, vivid dreams, increased dreaming, burning or tingling sensation, Lexapro weight gain, vomiting, and oral Lexapro side effects.

There are many less common but also more serious side effects of Lexapro. Both men and women should be very aware of and report to a healthcare provider immediately if any of the following adverse effects occur: agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, aggressiveness or hostility, engaging in dangerous or unusual activities, inability to sit still, restlessness, mood swings, and other unusual behaviors. Both women and men need to be wary of more severe side effects to Lexapro, such as serotonin syndrome, a rare and dangerous syndrome associated with some medications including Lexapro. Signs of serotonin syndrome include: confusion, mental disturbances, chest palpitations, rapid heart rate, irregular heart rhythm, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, blood pressure changes, fever, shivering, shakiness, sweating, overactive reflexes, difficulty sleeping, coma, agitation, and seizures.

Signs of an allergic Lexapro side effect, those being one of the many side effects to Lexapro, include hives, itching, unexplained rash, unexplained swelling, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, and wheezing. In these cases, an allergic side effect to Lexipro requires emergency medical care immediately. These rare side effects from Lexapro occur in less than 1% of people who take the medication: shakiness, tremor, anemia, weight loss, nose bleed, muscle pain, bone pain, hemorrhoids, liver problems, and decreases in sodium levels (hyponatremia), mania, hypomania, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), acne, asthma, and hair loss.

Side effects Lexapro causes can be best prevented by not taking this drug. In fact, side effects from Lexapro are a very common reason for discontinuation of this medication, which can then lead to Lexapro withdrawal symptoms. Lexapro side effects range from positive to negative, and sometimes there is a higher presence of negative side effects than positive therapeutic effects. It is very important to keep your healthcare provider informed if you develop any Lexapro side effects. With proper help, side effects Lexapro causes can be avoided.

Being aware of all the possible side effects Lexapro can cause can help you to identify and take swift action to relieve these effects. When a person is prescribed antidepressants, usually the doctor did no prior investigation to find what is causing their patient's depression. Does this person really only have a low amount of Serotonin and this is the only cause of depression? What if the depressed individual has a low thyroid? Or what if they have accumulated neurotoxins from the environment, for instance, toxic heavy metals that greatly damage energy metabolism? Internal swelling from food allergies which slow metabolism may also be a contributing factor.

Most commonly, doctors prescribe antidepressant drugs during an emotionally overwhelming time in their patient's life. But years afterwards the patient is still on the drug and suffers from side effects and withdrawal if they try to stop taking it. A common reason why Lexapro withdrawal symptoms occur is because even when an individual is not Serotonin deficient to begin with, use of the antidepressant can create a real Serotonin deficiency. At Alternative to Meds Center Rehab, we help individuals with our collaborating doctors to reduce dependence on prescription drugs and other substances. Our medication cessation program greatly eases Lexapro withdrawal symptoms by using natural substances to stabilize neurochemistry, lab testing, peer support, IV amino therapy, targeted nutritional treatments, massage, cessation of accumulated neurotoxins, yoga, personal training, exercise, medication withdrawal and tapering techniques, and other therapies that combat depression. We combine these therapeutic steps with discovering the medical reasons for why an individual may be suffering from depression. Our program can create long lasting success, return happiness, and help the person achieve a life free of drugs.

Alternative to Meds Center Rehab clients report their wonderful successes every single day. And each week, to celebrate these great achievements, we hold graduation celebrations. Friends, family, and the other residents are amongst the average of 50 individuals in attendance. We have heard some truly amazing stories at our graduations. Sometimes these stories tell of years that were spent suffering, and go on to describe their full recovery, expressed with magnificent clarity. This inspiration reassures that our participants possess the tools needed to continue living their life healthily, and happily. You are invited to give us a call today, and gain a deeper understanding of how our program can help you or your loved one with Lexapro side effec


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