Lexapro and Suicide
Suggestions on Preventing Suicide While Taking Lexapro
Everyone who takes an antidepressant should be carefully monitored when the medication is started, and when the dose is increased. If you (or a loved one) are taking Lexapro, be watchful for any signs of suicidal thinking or behavior. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you (or your loved one) have any of the following:
- Thoughts about death or committing suicide
- Suicide attempts
- Depression or anxiety that is new or worse
- Agitation, restlessness, or panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Irritability that is new or worse
- Aggressive, angry, or violent behavior
- Acting on dangerous impulses
- Unusually increased talking or activity
- Other strange changes in mood or behavior.
In addition, be sure to contact your healthcare provider if you notice any other symptoms or behaviors that concern you. Do not stop taking an antidepressant without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping an antidepressant suddenly may cause other potentially dangerous reactions, including worsening depression.
Also, talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Lexapro, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults. Depression is a treatable illness, and your healthcare provider can discuss all the available treatment options with you.