These medicines work by increasing the activity of the chemical serotonin in the brain.
Xerostomia (4-9%) Constipation (3-6%) Fatigue (2-8%) Libido decrease (3-7%) Anorgasmia (2-6%) Flatulence (2%) Toothache (2%) Weight gain (1%) Menstrual disorder (2%) Neck/shoulder pain (3%) Rhinitis (5%) Flu-like syndrome (5%) Ejaculation disorder (9-14%) Arthralgia Abdominal pain Abnormal bleeding Abnormal dreams Allergy Blurred vision Bronchitis Chest pain Constipation Decreased appetite Decreased concentration Disrupts platelets/hemostasis Dizziness Dyspepsia Fever Heartburn Hot flashes Impotence Irritability Jaw stiffness Lethargy Lightheadedness Menstrual disorder Hypertension Palpitations Migraine Myalgia Paresthesia Rash Sweating Tinnitus Tremor Urinary frequency Urinary tract infection Vertigo Vomiting Yawning 65 years Drug is not FDA appored for treatment of bipolar depression In children and young adults, the risks must be weighed against the benefits of taking antidepressants Patients should be monitored closely for changes in behavior, clinical worsening, and suicidal tendencies; this should be done during initial 1-2 months of therapy and dosage adjustments The patient’s family should communicate any abrupt changes in behavior to the health-care provider Worsening behavior and suicidal tendencies that are not part of the presenting symptoms may require discontinuation of therapy This drug is not approved for use in pediatric patients Conflicting evidence regarding use of SSRIs during pregnancy and increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN (see Pregnancy) In neonates exposed to SNRIs/SSRIs late in third trimester: risk of complications such as feeding difficulties, irritability, and respiratory problems Caution with seizure disorder, bipolar mania, severe renal impairment; not FDA approved for the treatment of bipolar depression NRIs/SSRIs have been associated with the development of SIADH; hyponatremia has been reported rarely May worsen psychosis in some patients and precipitate a shift to mania or mypomania in patients with bipolar disorder Risk of hyponatremia Risk of mydriasis; may trigger angle closure attack in patients with angle closure glaucoma with anatomically narrow angles without a patent iridectomy Bone fractures are associated with antidepressant therapy; consider the possibility of a fracture in patients with unexplained bone pain, swelling, or bruising Prescriptions should be written for smallest quantity consistent with good patient care and the family or care giver alerted to monitor patient for emergence of suicidality and associated behaviors (anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, hostility, akathisia, impulsivity, irritabilty) SSRIs/SNRIs increase risk of abnormal bleeding (further increased if concomitant aspirin, NSAIDs or anticoagulants, or hemorrhagic diathesis) Prolongation of QT interval and ventricular arrhythmias reported, especially in female patients with preexisting QT prolongation or other risk factors Risk of cognitive and motor function impairment; use caution when operating heavy machinery Use with caution in patients with history of seizure disorders or or conditions predisposing to seizures including brain damage and alcoholism May impair platelet aggregation that can result in increased risk of bleeding events including GI bleeding especially if taken concomitantly with aspiring, warfarin, or NSAIDs Risk of serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)-like reactions have been reported with SSRIs and SNRIs, including desvenlafaxine, both when taken alone, but especially when co-administered with other serotonergic agents (including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, tryptophan, buspirone, amphetamines, and St.
John’s Wort); if symptoms occur, discontinue therapy and initiate supportive treatment; if concomitant use of desvenlafaxine with other serotonergic drugs is clinically warranted, patients should be made aware of increased risk for serotonin syndrome, particularly during treatment initiation and dose increases No additional benefits at 20 mg/day May cause or exacerbate sexual dysfunction Gradually taper dose before discontinuation; abrupt discontinuation may cause dysphoric mood, dizziness, sensory disturbances, agitation, confusion, anxiety, headache, insomnia, tinnitus, seizures, irritability The above information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only.
Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
It is an antidepressant that belongs to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Normally I don't require a lot of sleep and I am usually very alert. If you take or took Lexapro and experienced tiredness, how long did it take to go away (assuming that it did)?
Thanks I have been on Lexapro for a little over 2 years and I suffer from fatigue.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are first-choice antidepressants for most depressed individuals.
As a class, they possess demonstrated efficacy and a relatively low rate of side effects.
Good luck Jules to actudan halve the dose a while by splitting the tablet, check with doc, the sedation will go as your system gets used to the med lexapro sedates some but stimulates others a very low starting dose of these antidepressant meds is often best for anxiety sufferers, all docs should know this but many dont antidepressant meds dont cause weight gain or loss I agree with hry33 that you should split the dose into 5mg. It was the worst, and the ironic thing is that it does wonders for my mother! Maybe I need to take half in the morning and the other half at night. I'm still having a hard time fighting off the panic attacks completely but when that start to come, I am able to get them under control faster. I actually made myself take a road trip today and made myself drive on the highway several times with no panicky feeling or nervous worry feelings I usually get when I drive (hodophobia) by all means I still feel slightly abnormal in the head but that's just me I suppose.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating