Side effects, considerations and more

Like most medicines, escitalopram oral tablets can cause mild or severe side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects. These lists do not include all possible side effects.

Keep in mind that the side effects of a medicine can depend on:

  • your age
  • your prescribed dose
  • other health problems you have
  • other medicines you are taking

Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of escitalopram. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.

Mild side effects

Here is a short list of some of the mild side effects that escitalopram oral tablets can cause. For more information about other mild side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or read the prescribing information.

Mild side effects of escitalopram oral tablets that have been reported include:

Mild side effects of many medications may disappear within days or weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

*For more information on this side effect, see the “Side Effects Focus” section below.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects of escitalopram oral tablets can occur, but they are not common. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor right away. However, if you think you have a medical emergency, you should call 911 or your local emergency number.

Serious side effects of escitalopram oral tablets that have been reported include:

*For more information on this side effect, see the “Side Effects Focus” section below.

Focus on side effects

Learn more about some of the side effects escitalopram oral tablets can cause.

Framed warning

Escitalopram oral tablet has a framed warning. This is a serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Medicines used to treat depression can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children and young adults. This includes escitalopram oral tablets. But keep in mind that escitalopram is not used to treat depression in children under 12 years old.

This risk is highest during the first months of treatment and after any change in dosage.

Watch for the following symptoms and tell your doctor right away if you:

  • have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, or trying to harm yourself
  • act aggressively or violently
  • have new or worsening depression
  • have new or worsening anxiety or panic attacks
  • feeling restless, agitated, angry, or irritable
  • have trouble sleeping

What might help

Tell your doctor the right way about any unusual changes in your mood, feelings, thoughts, or behaviors while taking escitalopram. Your doctor may change your treatment plan and may stop taking escitalopram.

suicide prevention

If you think someone is at immediate risk of harming themselves or another person:

  • Dial 911 or your local emergency number.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, drugs, or other objects that could cause damage.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten or yell.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Sexual side effects

You may have sexual side effects while taking escitalopram oral tablets. These were common side effects in studies drug.

Sexual side effects in men* may include:

Sexual side effects in women* may include:

* In this article, we use the terms “male” and “female” to refer to the sex assigned to a person at birth. For more information on the difference between sex and gender, check out this article.

What might help

If you have any sexual side effects while taking escitalopram oral tablets, tell your doctor. They may order tests to check for possible causes of this side effect. For example, they can check if you have hormonal changes. They can also share tips with you to help improve your libido.

Allergic reaction

Some people may have an allergic reaction to escitalopram oral tablets. Allergic reactions to escitalopram have occurred after initial drug administration. studies had finished.

Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction may include:

  • itchy skin
  • itching
  • rinsing (temporary warmth, redness or deepening of skin color)

A more serious allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under the skin, usually on the eyelids, lips, hands or feet. They can also include swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat, which can lead to difficulty breathing.

Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to escitalopram oral tablets. But if you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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