Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weight Loss and Lexapro- Side Effects of the Anxiety Medication in Women

Lexapro is a drug that is used to treat depression and anxiety. It has several side effects in women, including weight loss. This medication works in women and men by increasing serotonin levels in the body. For this reason, Lexapro is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Depression-via Wikimedia, PD

Serotonin is responsible for blocking feelings of depression in women and men. Scientists are not sure exactly how this hormone works, however it also plays a role in regulating appetite and migraines. Most of the serotonin in the body is in the intestines and it regulates bowel movements there.

Most of the weight loss that is due to Lexapro is usually observed during the first few weeks of taking the medication. Unfortunately, patients don’t often see the benefits of using the drug until after the first five weeks have passed. This means that you will have to bear with the side effects for a while before things get better.
If you find yourself experiencing weight loss or any of the side effects below, you should discuss them with your doctor. These are the side effects that are sometimes experienced by women who are taking Lexapro for depression or anxiety:
There are some things that you can do to manage depression naturally and counteract the milder side effects of this medication. For example, if you find that you are gaining weight, you can cut down on the amount of certain foods- such as those which are high in fat, which you consume. You can also exercise more. If you tend to feel nauseous whenever you eat certain foods while on the medication, avoid them if you can.
There are also side effects that may require emergency medical assistance. If you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of your tongue while taking Lexapro, you should get emergency medical help.
Source: Public Health Advisory: Lexapro

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