This article is about the most commonly asked question: Does Lexapro cause weight loss? It’s not difficult to answer.
The drug can decrease appetite, but the side effects of this include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and stomach ache. The drug is usually taken before meals. The effect is short-term, but if the patient continues to take the drug for a long time, the weight gain may resume.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed weight loss of people taking the drug for nearly four years. Their conclusion was that there was no evidence of weight loss when all participants were excluded.
Side effects, although rare, do happen. Some are mild, others are severe.
They can stop the patient from eating for a few hours or days. Long term, the side effects could be deadly. Diabetes is one of the side effects. Another is an increased risk of blood clots.
Side effects can last from two weeks to a year, depending on the person and the severity of the problem. But Lexapro is rarely used.
Side effects are almost always temporary and disappear by themselves. They are usually harmless.
Some side effects of Lexapro have been reported as having been potentially fatal. The patient had also stopped breathing and died. In another case, a patient had heart palpitations, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
There are side effects that doctors warn about, though they don’t mean to indicate that the drug itself caused the symptoms. One that seems to be mentioned in every Lexapro review, the patient who started the drug developed severe intestinal bleeding.
Other possible side effects of the drug include depression and anxiety. Many patients report anxiety about their appearance. Some people say they feel like death is close at hand.
These are all totally unrelated to the drug and should not be taken into account. Everyone should understand that side effects of any drug are not considered serious and will disappear with time.