Depression affects millions of people around the globe and has long been treated with antidepressants. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one out of four Americans take an antidepressant daily to deal with anxiety, depression, personality and other mental health related issues.
One such antidepressant prescribed widely for treating depression in the US is Lexapro, generically known as escitalopram. Belonging to the category of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Lexapro works by increasing the levels of serotonin (neurotransmitter) in the brain. While serotonin serves many roles within your brain, it’s chief purpose is to balance the mood.
This is why Lexapro is prescribed for everything, from depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks to obsessive compulsive disorders and other mental issues. However, with its much-added effects, continuous use of this antidepressant is also known to trigger unwanted side effects. Apart from the regular side effects of nausea, dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, sexual problems, and insomnia, Lexapro also has other, major side effects. We highlight a few of them for you.