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What Is Lexapro?


You may have heard of the medication called Lexapro. You may be wondering how it helps to alleviate your symptoms associated with depression. This article will describe just that. In particular, it will describe what type of medication Lexapro is, the benefits of Lexapro, as well as the side effects of Lexapro.

What Type Of Medication Is Lexapro?

According to Morris (2015), Lexapro is an antidepressant also known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Selective Sertonin Reuptake Inhibitors are also known as SSRIs. Morris (2015) explains “These medications work by increasing the levels of serotonin (a key neurotransmitter in mood regulation) in your brain.” Morris (2015) states “Serotonin is a chemical your body makes that relays information between the nerve cells in your brain. Although the causes of depression and anxiety are not completely understood, it’s believed that low serotonin levels are at least partially to blame.” According to Morris (2015), serotonin plays an important role in several factors, including mood, social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep patterns, memory, as well as sexual desire and function.

What Are The Benefits Of Lexapro?

According to Morris (2015), “Research has shown that there’s no strong reason to recommend one SSRI over another based solely on effectiveness. However, there are differences in how quickly these drugs work and in side effects that should be considered when choosing an antidepressant.” Morris (2015) indicates that one of the reasons people choose Lexapro over other SSRIs is Lexapro may be more effective at reducing the symptoms associated with depression unlike other SSRIs.

What Are The Side Effects Of Lexapro?

Despite the benefits of Lexapro, it is also worth mentioning the side effects of Lexapro, as well. According to Morris (2015), the side effects of Lexapro include headaches, nausea, dry mouth, fatigue, weakness, sleep disturbances, sexual problems, increased sweating, loss of appetite, constipation, in addition to an infection. It is also worth noting that Lexapro can cause changes in weight, according to Morris (2015). Morris (2015) adds that “Lexapro can cause changes in weight. There are some reports that people begin to lose weight when first taking Lexapro, but this is not well supported by research studies. The Mayo Clinic does list Lexapro, however, as an antidepressant that is less likely to contribute to weight gain.”


Lexapro is a common medication used to treat symptoms associated with depression. The side effects listed above do not effect everyone. Therefore, do not be afraid to try this medication due to the side effects, alone. However, first and foremost, consult with your licensed professional.


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What Is Lexapro?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). What Is Lexapro?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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