Lexapro warnings and precautions

Like all antidepressants and medications for that matter, Lexapro has a number of things to be careful of and things to avoid while you're taking this drug. Although it is helpful for getting rid of depression or anxiety, it still has some risks associated with taking it and these should be taken into account while you're either deciding whether or not to take it or while you're on it.

In order to avoid too many problems taking this drug, you should tell your healthcare provider what other drugs you are taking, either regularly or even only sometimes (such as Aspirin or Tylenol) because Lexapro can have a negative interaction with other drugs and this can cause bad side effects such as nausea, headaches, stomach bleeding, and even coma or death. Other things you should tell your doctor are of any mental health conditions you suffer from such as bi-polar or schizophrenia as the drug may have and adverse effect on your condition such as making it worse. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, want to be pregnant, breastfeeding, or you drink alcohol regularly as these things can also be problematic when taking Lexapro. When in doubt, simply tell your doctor everything so that he or she can best direct you as to what to do next.

There are some things you should watch out for while taking this drug. All antidepressants, including Lexapro, carry the risk of increasing thoughts of suicide, especially in adolescents and children. Other mood changes can include irritability, moodiness, agitation, panic, hallucinations, restlessness, and extreme hyperactivity. If you or anyone you know is suffering from these mood swings and are on Lexapro, you should speak with your doctor. You should also tell your doctor if you break out in a rash or hives or have any other allergic reaction as some people are allergic to the chemicals in the drug and though they are not always dangerous, it can be very annoying and it can end up dangerous.

Lexapro is also part of a group of drugs which can cause a disorder called serotonin syndrome; this is a dangerous condition that can cause anything from confusion and hallucinations to fast heartbeat and muscle spasms. You may also break out in sweats or have difficulty walking. Serotonin syndrome is very dangerous if left untreated; it can lead to accidents and other problems. It is most common when two drugs of the serotonin class are mixed, but can also happen if you overdose on something like Lexapro.

Lexapro should never be taken within two weeks of taking an MAOI such as Marplan, Nardil, Azelict, Parnate, or Zelapar. This is because the two drugs interact very badly in the human body and cause problems leading up to coma. Never take the two drugs together and wait at least two weeks between switching from one to the other. Lexapro should also not be taken too often with Aspirin or Tylenol as this can increase your chances of getting a bleeding stomach which is difficult to treat and very painful.

Finally, Lexapro can interfere with your motor skills. You should give your body time to get used to the drug before engaging in things like driving operating machinery so that you don't make a mistake or damage yourself, someone else, or the machine. If you have no other symptoms, starting out on Lexapro can make you sleepy or muzzy and you don't want to be doing anything finicky while your body adjusts.

Lexapro is a very helpful drug, but it should be taken carefully so that you can be safe and have the drug be fully effective. Always consult your doctor about any possible side effects or problems and give him or her a detailed medical history as well as your habits so that your doctor will best be able to treat you and warn you about anything you should avoid and anything you should watch for.

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