If you have depression or anxiety you have probably heard of Lexapro. Lexapro is a medication that is often used to treat both of these disorders. It is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, or SSRI, and is primarily used to treat depression. However, it has been approved to also treat other disorders such as social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder.
Below I am going to talk a little bit more about Lexapro and how it can be used to treat anxiety. For more information it is best you speak with your health care provider.
As just stated, Lexapro is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. That basically means it increases that amount of serotonin in your body. The result will be an elevation in your mood. Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter that occurs naturally in the body. It can be found several places in your body and is responsible for the transmission of cells. These cells affect a variety of different things such as your appetite, your social behaviors, how well you sleep and your mood.
According to scientists, both anxiety and depression are caused by genetic variations that exist within the body. There are also events such as the death of a loved one or some sort of trauma or illness that can also lead to anxiety. When you are going through a tough situation such as the death of a loved one, it can alter the way your brain functions. And sometimes that can lead to anxiety, depression or both.
When you take Lexapro it will increase the levels of serotonin in your body. And unlike many other anxiety drugs, it works on a cellular level. Because of this it is believed to reduce anxiety and promote a healthier balance.
There are many different anxieties and they are all different. Some will require long term medication while others will require long term medication. If you find yourself in certain situations that make you feel anxious, short term medication may be the best option for you. The key is really figuring out what will work for you. This is something you will work on with your doctor.
But before you can have any type of successful treatment, you must first be able to recognize the symptoms. Once you understand the symptoms and are able to recognize them you will be able to better treat them. Lexapro can take as much as 4 weeks to take full effect.
Some of the symptoms you should look out for include excessive worrying about things such as finances, work, school or just simple everyday events. You may also feel irritable, on edge and have a hard time getting sleep.
To see if Lexapro can help with your anxiety speak with your health care provider as soon as you can. Before you start taking this medication make sure you let your doctor know of any other medications you are currently on. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or have drug allergies, let that be known up front.
If your doctor prescribed Lexapro make sure you follow orders and take it when you are supposed to. Be patient as you might not see the results you want quickly. If you experience any side effects such as dry mouth or nausea, let your doctor know immediately. The dosage may need to be adjusted.
One thing you can do besides taking Lexapro is learn new ways to manage your stress. Try meditation and exercising. Exercising is a great way to release the natural feel good hormone in your body. When you exercise endorphins are released and they almost instantly make you feel better. If you have to seek professional help. Having someone there you can talk to without passing any judgments can go a long ways towards your recovery.
When taking Lexapro make sure you take it sitting down. Only stand up after you have taken it. This can help you avoid injury as you can get drowsy after you take it. Don’t drive or operate heavy equipment until you see how your body responds to Lexapro. Always put your safety and the safety of others first.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Lexapro. If you experience side effects such as confusion, seizures, hallucinations, a rash or vomiting, seek immediate medical attention.
Never stop taking Lexapro suddenly. You need to wean yourself off of it. Otherwise you might experience withdrawal symptoms. And last but not least, never take more than is prescribed by your doctor. Taking too much can lead to serotonin toxicity and that is very dangerous.