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Most Commonly Used

Lexapro 20mg Tab
Allergan USA, Inc.
Pill Identification: 20  |  F L
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Lexapro 10mg Tab
Allergan USA, Inc.
Pill Identification: F L  |  10
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Lexapro 5mg Tab
Allergan USA, Inc.
Pill Identification: 5  |  F L
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Lexapro 5mg/5ml Soln
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Common Side Effects of Lexapro
Some people can have an allergic reaction to Lexapro. If you are having an allergic reaction to Lexapro, you may have itching; hives; rash; swelling in the face, hands, ankles, or feet; swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat; chest pain or tightness; shortness of breath; or trouble breathing. It is important to get immediate emergency help if you have any of these symptoms.

Some people, both adults and children, may become suicidal after starting antidepressant medicines such as Lexapro. It is important for you to tell your doctor right away if you start to have suicidal thoughts or mood changes when you start taking Lexapro.

Call your doctor right away, or call 911 in an emergency, if you have any of the following symptoms or if they are new, getting worse, or are worrying you:
  • New or worse depression
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
  • New or worse anxiety
  • Feeling very agitated or restless
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • New or worse irritability
  • Acting aggressive, or being angry or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • An extreme increase in activity and talking
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood
You should also let your doctor know if you have other side effects of Lexapro, especially if they become severe, are worrying you, or do not go away. These side effects of Lexapro include the following:
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Urinating more often
  • Loss of appetite or dry mouth
  • Weakness, sleepiness, or yawning
  • Increase in muscle movement or agitation
  • Changes in sexual desire or function
  • Heavy menstrual periods or nose bleeds
Lexapro can cause a life-threatening side effect called serotonin syndrome. Get medical help right away if you have any of the symptoms below while taking Lexapro:
  • Hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), confusion, or memory problems
  • Fever or excessive sweating
  • Loss of coordination or muscles that are stiff or twitching
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Racing heartbeat, or high or low blood pressure
Lexapro is not for everyone. Lexapro may cause problems for people with certain health conditions. Before starting Lexapro, your doctor may ask about your health and health history. He or she may also ask about your family's health history. And the doctor may want to discuss alcohol use and other lifestyle choices.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you likely have additional concerns about taking Lexapro. There are some risks. In some cases, the benefits of Lexapro outweigh these risks. Or you may need to seek other options. Your doctor can help you decide what to do. If you become pregnant while taking Lexapro, tell your doctor right away.