Lexapro® - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
Lexapro® (Escitalopram) is a antidepressant medication used to treat severe depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The medication is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro® works by boosting levels of serotonin, one of the chief chemical messengers in the brain that influences depression and anxiety.
The medication guide for Lexapro® has a black box warning, the most serious warning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives. It says that Lexapro® taken by some children, teens and young adults may result in increased suicidal thoughts or actions when they first begin to take the drug.
Lexapro® Side Effects
Lexapro® has been associated with causing both common and serious side effects in patients who take the antidepressant medication.
More common side effects of Lexapro® include:
- Changes in sex drive or ability
- Dry mouth
- Excess fatigue
- Flu-like symptoms
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Increased sweating
- Runny nose
- Sexual problems
- Sleeping problems
- Stomach pain
Patients and their caregivers must watch for Lexapro® side effects, and contact their healthcare providers immediately for medical attention should the patient be experiencing:
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
- Severe muscle stiffness
- Unusual excitement
- Acting on dangerous impulses
- Attempts to commit suicide
- Increased feelings of agitation and restlessness
- Mania (extreme increase in activity and talking)
- New or worsening anxiety
- New or worsening depression
- New or worsening irritability
- Other unusual behavioral or mood changes
- Panic attacks
- Showing aggressiveness, anger, or violence
- Thoughts about suicide
Lexapro® Birth Defects
The Lexapro® Medication Guide says it is not known if "Lexapro® will harm your unborn baby." The guide advises you to talk with your doctor about taking Lexapro® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Lexapro® is an FDA pregnancy category C medication. That means that animal studies have shown the drug to cause birth defects but there are no adequate human studies to show birth defects.
However, data has suggested a link between SSRI antidepressants and an increased risk of certain birth defects, including septal heart defects, a serious lung disorder called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), abdominal walls defects in which the intestines and/or organs protrude through the belly button and head and skull defects.
Speak With A Lexapro® Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been taking Lexapro® during pregnancy and then had a baby born with birth defects, contact us immediately to speak with a Lexapro® lawyer. You may qualify for compensation by filing a lawsuit. You may also be entitled to compensation if you suffered a serious side effect of Lexapro®. Contact us to speak with a Lexapro® lawyer.