Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a medicine commonly used for the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It is available by prescription only and comes in both tablet and liquid form.
Although most people respond well to this antidepressant, there are potential risks with Lexapro. It is important to know that all antidepressants can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Thus, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, such as hallucinations, anxiety, or hostility.
Since Lexapro can worsen some medical conditions, talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or bipolar disorder (or a family history of bipolar disorder).
Other Lexapro risks have to do with side effects. Some of the most commonly reported ones include dizziness, constipation, and dry mouth. While most side effects are minor, some are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention, including any unusual changes in behavior, a fast heart rate, or difficulty sleeping.
(Click Lexapro Side Effects and Lexapro Precautions and Warnings to learn about other potential risks and what else you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using this drug.)