Lexapro Side Effects Information
Read about the Lexapro side effects that have surfaced so far, then discover the natural way to handle your depression or anxiety using only the power of your mind.:
Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is the latest antidepressant to be approved by the FDA for treating depression in the U.S., arriving on pharmacy shelves Sept. 5, 2002.
But just how safe is it?
Antidepressants, like all other manufactured drugs, produce side effects in many people who take them.
Lexapro, however, is being marketed as having fewer side effects than the original drug it was derived from.
Lexapro is actually one-half of the Celexa molecule, produced by splitting Celexa into its ‘right-hand’ side and its ‘left-hand’ side.
The right-hand side of Celexa presumably does not contain depression-fighting abilities and may even contribute to the side effects profile.
The left-hand side of Celexa, the ‘good’ half, is theorized to be the part that fights depression and produces little or no side effects. Following this theory, there should be fewer Lexapro side effects than its parent drug, Celexa.
But what do the facts say?
From the Burke et al studies, the percentage of patients experiencing Lexapro side effects were
- 79.0% for 10 mg Lexapro dosage, and
- 85.6% for 20 mg Lexapro dosage.
By comparison, the reported side effects from taking Celexa were
- 86.4% for 40 mg Celexa dosage.
Therefore, Lexapro side effects at the lower dosage (10 mg Lexapro) were slightly less than Celexa at 40 mg. 79.0% for Lexapro versus 86.4% for Celexa. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference to me.
How can we interpret this data?
Micromedex, the Denver-based “leading provider of information for professionals and consumers in health care and industry” is an objective, unbiased, and quite knowledgeable source of information regarding depression medications.
Their take on Lexapro side effects:
“Available data (already buffed and polished to show the best possible results!) do not suggest a significant advantage of this agent (Lexapro) over citalopram (Celexa) or other SSRI’s…
“No significant difference in adverse effects (Lexapro side effects) between these agents (Lexapro vs. Celexa) has been demonstrated.”
Hardly a ringing endorsement. In fact, the Lexapro side effects are really quite similar to the side effects of Celexa.
In other words, Lexapro appears to be about the same as Celexa. Only time will tell for sure.
Lexapro Side Effects
From clinical testing, the most common Lexapro side effects are as follows:
- nausea 15%
- insomnia 9%
- ejaculatory disorder 9%
- somnolence 6%
- excessive sweating 5%
- fatigue 5%.
Other less frequent Lexapro side effects include:
agitation or restlessness, blurred vision, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness or lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fast talking and excited feelings or actions that are out of control, fever, frequent urination, headache, indigestion, increased or decreased appetite, suicidal thoughts, taste alterations, tremor (shaking), various sexual difficulties, vomiting, and weight changes.
As far as antidepressants go, this is actually a small list. Look for many more side effects to show up over time.
Basically, Lexapro side effects are very similar to Celexa side effects. Don’t expect a whole lot of difference between the two.
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