There are eight types of side effects of Lexapro. which is summarized below. Please read this article completely to know the side effects of Lexapro
- dry mouth
- increased sweating
If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor right away.
Remember that this medicine has been prescribed because your doctor has decided that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: loss of interest in sex, change in sexual ability, easy bruising/bleeding.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: bloody/black/tarry stools, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, seizures, eyestrain. pain/swelling/redness, dilated pupils, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night, blurred vision).
This medicine ( lexapro ) can increase serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome/toxicity. The risk is increased if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin, so tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the drugs you take (see DRUG INTERACTIONS section). Get medical help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: fast heartbeats, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, muscle twitches, unexplained fever, unusual movements/ Restlessness.
Rarely, men may have painful or prolonged erections lasting 4 or more hours. If this happens, stop using this medicine and get medical help right away, or permanent problems may occur.
A very serious allergic reaction to this medicine is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any signs of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you do not see the other effects listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US – Check with your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You can report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada – Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
What is lexapro used for?
How to use Lexapro
Read the Medication Guide before you start taking escitalopram and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning or evening. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you are taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products).
If you are using the liquid form of this medicine, measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon as you may not get the correct dosage.
To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may tell you to start taking this medicine in a small amount and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Do not increase your dose or use this medicine more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Take this medicine regularly to get maximum benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.
Keep taking this medicine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medicine without your doctor’s advice. Some conditions may worsen if this medicine is suddenly stopped. In addition, you may experience symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, fatigue, sleep changes, and brief feelings similar to electric shock. To prevent these symptoms, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually while you are stopping treatment with this medicine. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Report any new or worsening symptoms immediately.
It may take 1 to 2 weeks to feel a benefit from this medicine and up to 4 weeks to feel the full benefit of this medicine. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.