Lexapro Side Effects

Lexapro Side Effects

At Alternative to Meds Center, we assist people in eliminating unwanted effects and withdrawal symptoms with Lexapro side effects help.


Our rehab knows 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, and discontinuing this medication without proper guidance can lead to even more troubling Lexapro withdrawal side effects. 

Lexapro, brand name for escitalopram oxalate, is typically prescribed for depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), some people respond well to this medication however as with many prescription medications, there is the potential for Lexapro antidepressant side effects. When antidepressants side effects occur, in some cases they are not severe and might be able to be treated by your healthcare provider. This medication has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, in such studies; side effects 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 antidepressant 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%, Lexapro side effects 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 side effects, such as dry mouth and sexual problems, may be less likely to go away with time. Other Lexapro side effects 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 (weight gain), vomiting, and Lexapro oral side effects.

There are many less common but also more serious Lexapro side effects 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. Other Lexapro side effects women and men need to be wary of include serotonin syndrome, a rare and dangerous syndrome associated with some medications including this one. 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 reaction to Lexapro include hives, itching, unexplained rash, unexplained swelling, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing, or wheezing. In these cases, Lexapro side effects help must be sought after immediately. These rare side effects 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. The possibilities of all these side effects can be eliminated by not taking this drug. In fact, unwanted adverse effects are a very common reason for discontinuation of this medication, which can then lead to Lexapro withdrawal side effects. This drug produces a wide range of effects, positive and 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 side effects, there is no reason to suffer adverse side effects.

Being aware of all the possible side effects from the medication you take can help you to identify side effects and take swift action to relieve these effects. Medication side effects may ultimately be relieved by using a Lexapro alternatives depression treatment and finding any underlying causes for the original symptoms that led to initial use of this side effect carrying medication. When a person is prescribed antidepressants, there usually has been no prior investigation into finding why they may be depressed. 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.

For most individuals, they are given an antidepressant during an emotionally overwhelming time in their life, and years afterwards they are still on the drug and suffer from side effects and withdrawal if they try to stop taking it. A common reason why withdrawal effects 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 Lexapro withdrawal cessation program uses 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 this with discovering the medical reasons for why an individual may be suffering from depression, which can create success that is long lasting, happiness, and a life free of drugs.

Alternative to Med Center rehab creates and discovers wonderful success every single day. And each week, to celebrate these great achievements, we have graduations. 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, with magnificent clarity. This is a great inspiration to us to see this, because we know that our participants possess the tools needed to continue living their life healthily, and happily. You are invited to give us a call, and find out an understanding of the Lexapro side effects help that’s available.


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