What doctors rarely admit to patients who are experiencing major depression or generalized anxiety disorder is that even medical experts do not really know the cause of these diseases. Even more shocking to many people is that the experts do not entirely understand why many of the drugs that are commonly used as treatments for these issues would even have a positive effect on them. In fact, they understand very little about who the medications should help the most, and why they do anything at all. What is well understood, in contrast, is the potential downsides of taking them.
Lexapro and Side Effects
Lexapro falls into a class of drugs that are known as the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. The theory is that they essentially increase the availability of a neurotransmitter called serotonin by preventing it from being absorbed back into the nerves efficiently after it is released. Because the medication has effects on a chemical that is key to brain signaling, it can cause side effects that include headaches, insomnia, extreme tiredness and fatigue, and decreased sex drive. While some people experience no side effects at all, it is important for patients to understand that issues like fatigue and insomnia may actually be an issue with their medication rather than a symptom of their disease.
Serotonin is also critical to signaling and coordination in the gut, so there is a potential for a variety of gastrointestinal side effects as well. It is not very uncommon for people to experience effects like cramping, diarrhea, constipation and nausea. In fact, people who choose to go off of the drug and start to experience lexapro withdrawal symptoms often experience these effects as well. Even for people who do not find the side effects of the medication tolerable, it is generally important to go off of it slowly in an effort to minimize the potential effects of withdrawal.
Perhaps the most unfortunate thing about lexapro withdrawal symptoms and side effects is that so many of them are difficult to distinguish from the diseases that the drug is meant to treat. This makes it very difficult to judge whether the medication is helping properly, or if it is at a point where it is doing more more harm than good when it comes to a patient’s overall quality of life.
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