Lexapro belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs. Other disorders for which Lexapro has been approved by the USFDA include social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter secreted in the central nervous system. Intake of Serotonin into the neurons occurs through a transporter protein known as serotonin transporter or SERT. Lexapro exerts its effect by competitively binding to this transporter protein and blocking the re-uptake of serotonin into the neuron. This results in an increase in intrasynaptic levels of serotonin.
Lexapro is well tolerated by many people. Principal side effects of Lexapro are similar to other anti-depressant drugs that belong to same class. Some common side effects of Lexapro include nausea, somnolence, anxiety and abdominal discomfort. Some people also experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, weight gain, sleep disorder and loss of sexual desire. However, one should consult a physician on observing any signs of allergic reaction such as rash, difficulty in breathing, swelling on the face, lips and tongue.
Adverse side effects of Lexapro include seizures, tremors, muscle stiffness, agitation, and confusion, sweating, increased heart rate and twitching. Lexapro can result in severe complications if consumed in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as isocarboxazid and rasagiline. As like other antidepressants, Lexapro can increase suicidal tendency in patients.
As like other antidepressant drugs, it is tough to get rid to Lexapro. People become dependant on the drug primarily due to its short half-life. Withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, gait instability and insomnia. Hallucinations can also occur in patients. The best way to avoid Lexapro withdrawal is to avoid the use of the medicine. If somebody is already using Lexapro, it is better to reduce the dosage gradually.
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