Lexapro is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  Lexapro is used to treat depression by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

What are the Side Effects From Using Lexapro?

There are many side effects that you may experience from taking Lexapro, ranging from mild to very severe.  More common side effects may include, but are not limited to:

  • constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • decreased sex drive
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • ejaculation disorder
  • fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • impotence
  • indigestion
  • insomnia
  • nausea

Less common side effects you may experience from taking Lexapro include, but are not limited to:

  • abdominal pain
  • allergic reactions
  • bronchitis
  • chest pain
  • high blood pressure
  • increased appetite
  • joint pain
  • lack of energy 
  • migraine
  • palpitations
  • rash
  • tremors
  • urinary problems
  • vertigo
  • vomiting

In rare cases, taking Lexapro can also trigger mania, which means you will experience unreasonably high spirits and excess energy.

What Could Happen if I Take too Much Lexapro?

A massive overdose of Lexapro can be fatal.  Typical symptoms of a Lexapro overdose include:

  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • tremors
  • drowsiness
  • rapid heartbeat
  • seizures

In rare cases, an overdose may also cause:

  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • coma
  • breathing problems
  • muscle wasting
  • irregular heartbeat
  • bluish tinge to the skin

Should I Stop Taking Lexapro?

You should consult your physician before stopping your medication.  As Lexapro is similar to other anti-depressants such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, the withdrawal symptoms from these drugs may be worse than the side effects you are experiencing from the drug itself.

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have Been Taking Lexapro?

If you believe you have been injured by Lexapro side effects you should speak with a good products liability attorney who is experienced in working with victims of unsafe drugs.  Your legal rights depend upon your contacting a personal injury attorney within a timely manner after the discovery that you are suffering from Lexapro side effects.  You may be able to bring suit with the aid of an attorney, or sue with a group of other victims as part of a class action lawsuit.