Q: After a low period in my life including a short stay in an alcohol treatment center I was put on Lexapro. That was 2 plus years ago and I'm doing very well. I see no reason to quit taking the pill but would like information on long -term use of the drug.
A: Lexapro (Seroplex) is an antidepressant in a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro corrects an unbalance of serotonin in the brain that can cause depression or anxiety. As is the case with any medication, there are many risks and side effects with Lexapro. But, according to the medical literature, there are no reports of problems with Lexapro due to long term use of the drug. Thousands of people have taken SSRIs for several years and so far there is no link to long-term use of these drugs and detrimental effects on the body. The most common side effects of Lexapro are: restlessness, headache, trouble concentrating, drowsiness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, weight changes, decreased sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm, ringing in the ears, and dry mouth. Do not stop taking Lexapro abruptly, severe withdrawal symptoms may occur. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Lexapro. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your health care providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. For more information visit the Everyday Health depression center: www.everydayhealth.com/depression/understanding.aspx Burton Dunaway, PharmD
Q: Can you stop Lexapro suddenly or do you have to slowly wean off?
A: Lexapro (Seroplex) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor used to treat depression and other conditions as determined by your doctor. Lexapro does have a risk of withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication, especially if Lexapro is stopped suddenly. Tapering down the dose of Lexapro slowly before completely stopping can help minimize withdrawal symptoms. Some possible withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, vivid dreams, irritability, nausea, tingling sensations, and headache. Everyone responds to medication differently. The packaging information recommends gradually tapering the dose of Lexapro, if intolerable symptoms occur following a decrease in dose or discontinuing medication then resume previous dose and use a more gradual taper. Lexapro tablets may be split to allow for lower doses. Tablet cutters which can be purchased at a local pharmacy can help with splitting tablets. It is important to speak with your doctor before you stop any medications. Your doctor may be able to give you suggestions on how to cope with withdrawal symptoms and how to taper your dose to help prevent withdrawal. Laura Cable, Pharm.D., BCPS
Lexapro (Seroplex) is an antidepressant often prescribed to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Antidepressants are generally quite helpful. But as a side effect, some of these drugs may affect your weight. Let’s take a look at what’s known about Lexapro, weight, and other factors about this drug.
Lexapro can cause changes in weight. There are some reports that people begin to lose weight when first taking Lexapro, but this finding is not well supported by research studies.
Another study found that Lexapro didn’t reduce the obsessive-compulsive symptoms linked to binge-eating disorder, but it did reduce weight and body mass index. This may be because study participants taking Lexapro had fewer binge-eating episodes.
More thorough research is needed on the topic of Lexapro and weight changes. But the current evidence seems to suggest that the drug may be more likely to cause weight loss than weight gain, if you have weight changes at all.
If either of these effects is a concern for you, talk to your doctor. They have the most insight on how this drug will affect you individually. They can also offer tips for managing your weight.
Lexapro belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medications work by increasing the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a key messenger chemical that helps regulate your mood.
Urgent advice: Call your doctor straight away if:
You have taken too much Seroplex by accident and experience symptoms such as:
- feeling agitated
- being sick (vomiting)
- a fast heart rate
If you need to go to A&E straight away, do not drive yourself - get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.
Take the Seroplex packet or the leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine, with you.
Like all medicines, Seroplex can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
Some of the common side effects of Seroplex will gradually improve as your body gets used to it.
Seroplex can thin your blood a little. If you take Seroplex with blood thinners, your risk of bleeding is increased. Examples of blood thinning drugs include:
How it works
This drug belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Seroplex increases the amount of a natural substance in your brain called serotonin. This substance helps maintain mental balance.
Seroplex oral tablet may cause sleepiness and tiredness. It can also cause other side effects.
What is Lexapro (Seroplex)? How does it work?
Seroplex is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Chemically, Seroplex is similar to citalopram (Celexa). Both are in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class that also includes fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft). SSRIs work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain, the chemical messengers that nerves use to communicate with one another. Neurotransmitters are made and released by nerves and then travel to other nearby nerves where they attach to receptors on the nerves. Not all of the neurotransmitter that is released binds to receptors and, instead, is taken up by the nerves that produced them. This is referred to as "reuptake." Many experts believe that an imbalance of neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. Seroplex prevents the reuptake of serotonin (a neurotransmitter), which results in more serotonin in the brain to attach to receptors.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Seroplex or citalopram (Celexa), or if:
you also take pimozide or citalopram.
Do not use Seroplex within 14 days before or 14 days after you have used an MAO inhibitor. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
Some medicines can interact with Seroplex and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
To make sure Seroplex is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
liver or kidney disease;
low levels of sodium in your blood;
heart disease, high blood pressure;
a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
bipolar disorder (manic depression); or
drug addiction or suicidal thoughts.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy may cause serious lung problems or other complications in the baby. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Seroplex. Do not start or stop taking this medicine during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.
Seroplex can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Seroplex should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.
What Is Lexapro (Seroplex)?
Lexapro is a brand name for the generic drug Seroplex.
Doctors prescribe Lexapro to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
It works by increasing levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
Lexapro can help alleviate symptoms of depression, such as loss of interest in activities, fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and lack of concentration.
It can also ease such symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder as restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
The company Forest Laboratories produces Lexapro, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in 2002.
In 2012, the FDA approved the first generic version of Lexapro, Seroplex, available in various strengths and made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and IVAX Pharmaceuticals.
Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called Seroplex, which is a treatment for anxiety and depression. Taking Lexapro may cause a person to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it can cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight.
In this article, we look at how Lexapro can affect appetite and weight. We also provide some tips on how to cope with any changes in weight that may occur as a result of taking this antidepressant.