Lexapro (Escitalopram) Related Topics
Lexapro (also called escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drug. Physicians frequently prescribe Lexapro for adults and adolescents at least 12 years old who suffer from major depression, generalized depression or anxiety disorder. In addition to depression, Lexapro is sometimes prescribed to treat off-label conditions like panic disorder, social disorder and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Lexapro works for these individuals by elevating the level of serotonin in the brain which helps bring about positive mood feelings.
While Lexapro is non-addictive on a physical level, misuse can bring about a psychological addiction. Users sometimes want to increase their feeling of well-being and up their dosage or take Lexapro more frequently than prescribed. This increase of the drug in their system builds up a tolerance, and more of the drug is then consumed. It becomes more difficult for the user to achieve the same level of positive mood and they become dependent on the higher dosage – in turn leading to an addiction. Addiction to Lexapro has side effects including irritability, depression, insomnia, hallucinations, electric shock sensations and more.
Whether you’ve used Lexapro yourself or know someone who has, you likely have questions about the prescription drug. To learn more, select a related topic from the list on this page or contact The Recovery Village to find out more about Lexapro addiction treatment.
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