Healthcare providers often prescribe the antidepressant Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) to people with depression or generalized anxiety disorder, to help improve symptoms.
Most people respond well to this medication, but there are potential Lexapro dangers to be aware of before starting treatment. All antidepressants can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Therefore, it is important to notify your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any changes in symptoms.
In addition, Lexapro may cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines; this risk is increased in people who are taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Other dangers with Lexapro to be aware of include the possibility of side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, and headaches. While most of these problems are mild and do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, or a fast heart rate.
(Click Lexapro Side Effects and Lexapro Precautions and Warnings for more information about potential Lexapro dangers, including other side effects or complications that may occur with the use of this drug.)