Lexapro Addiction and Abuse

In this Special Report, Siobahn Morse, executive director of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses the abuse and addiction of Lexapro.

What is Lexapro?

According to research conducted by the National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies and online citations in PubMed, Lexapro is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder.


Lexapro Addiction and Abuse

Lexapro is in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, also known as SSRIs.

SSRIs work by supporting the availability of serotonin. Serotonin is a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance and a feeling of well-being.

What is Lexapro addiction and abuse?

Even though Lexapro is not considered addictive, SSRIs and anti-depressants do have an associated risk of withdrawal syndrome.

SSRI anti-depressants are not technically physically addictive, but the discontinuation of these medications can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms.

Another important consideration in taking any medication is the possibility of developing a psychological addiction.

A psychological addiction is the belief that one can not function normally without the daily or more frequent use of the medication.

What are the side effects of Lexapro?

The side effects of Lexapro include: nausea, diarrhea, changes in sex drive or sexual ability, drowsiness, dizziness, heartburn, stomach pain, excessive tiredness, dry mouth, increased appetite and flu-like symptoms.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Lexapro?

The withdrawal symptoms of Lexapro include: mood changes, irritability, agitation, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, headache, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.


Lexapro Addiction and Abuse

Lexapro Addiction and Abuse



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