May 29, 2023

Lexapro or Escitalopram is a medication that is used to treat Depression and Anxiety. Get a Doctors perspective and learn the symptoms of depression and anxiety and how this medication can play a role in you treating it. You’ll learn about both common and some of the more rare side effects that you should watch out for.

Has your doctor recommended you take lexapro keep watching to learn a little more about welcome to family med, i’m dr. richardson information to help your family make healthy decisions. on today’s episode we are going to be going escitalopram is the generic version of lexapro which was released in 2002. these are a group of medications that target rapidly it is broken down

In the nerves thus it’s one of the vital chemicals or neurotransmitters of the body like mood, social behavior, appetite it is one of the chemicals that plays a big role in depression and anxiety. healthy and exercise, counseling and therapy chemicals in the brain has been found to be a normal life when they are battling with these conditions. the first condition that we use

It for is clinical depression. you may also suffer from fatigue, feelings you may also feel hopeless, experience sleeping in things that you once enjoyed, appetite or empty feelings or even suicidal thoughts or attempts. onset of a rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, of dying, numbness and tingling throughout your body or just generalized feeling of anxiousness you don’t

Have to live your whole life feeling this way. remember depression and anxiety are as real blood pressure and you shouldn’t feel any ok, so you’ve talked to your doctor and you well, first of all it comes in a pill at doses of 5, 10 and 20mg. most people will start to notice some difference so, you should be following up with your doctor if you are going to be taking it,

You want doing so can really affect how well it’s going also, unless you’re having some significant being on it a few weeks, you don’t want to stop this medication abruptly. stopping it quickly will really throw you off and make you feel bad. stopping it sooner than that, because you increases your risk for having your symptoms return. to continue on it longer than the 6

Months then it is safe to do so. so what kind of side effects should you look out for? sometimes these lists can be intimidating i rarely have patients on it that want to stop due to significant side effects. some common ones that are possible would be sleeping, some dry mouth, constipation or abdominal pain. when you take it or by taking it with food usually with time,

They start to get better on their own. this can be a known problem with most antidepressants, but i haven’t seen it quite as much with escitalopram probably the most common reason i have somebody is that they “didn’t like the way it made them feel”. that certainly isn’t the goal of this kind of treatment. if we turn you into a zombie and you are neither we still want you

To be happy when you are so if you are noticing things like that then there are some rare side effects that you this is not an exhaustive list, however it’s medication including escitalopram have the you may be feeling really down right now, anxiety get worse or you start having suicidal i always recommend when starting these kinds let them know about these risks so they

Can other rare side effects can be certain heart reactions and something called serotonin syndrome this is very rare but can present with symptoms and high blood pressure, dilated pupils, loss if you think this is happening to you, get so, if you are deciding to not take a medication side effect, you can potentially be robbing remember it’s important to keep the perspective

There are a lot of other options out there depression and anxiety can be a very debilitating condition. when you have a true clinical depression taking i’m always amazed at what a significant difference it’s certainly not for everybody and yes there if, however, you and your doctor feel that plan you now have a good foundation of knowledge having that information can be

Really powerful in your life. it’s not meant to give you direct medical advice in your own personal situation. overall, i hope you have found this information of the stigma that surrounds taking medication for mental health issues. to learn about some simple steps in eating healthier click here. go ahead and subscribe and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Transcribed from video
Lexapro (Escitalopram): What are the Side Effects? Watch Before You Start! By Erik Richardson D.O.