... taking it and had to stop because they got so bad. Unfortunately, they are still occurring even though I have been off the drug for almost 3 months. Has anyone else had this experience? I am sure the palpitations are not anxiety related.
Hi, alpha! Palpitations CAN be a rare side effect of Lexapro, but Lexapro's half life would have it cleared from your system within a week at the most.
If you're sure it's not due to anxiety you might consider contacting your doctor for a diagnostic work-up.
Best regards and I hope you feel better soon. Wildcat
I know from my own experience while taking Lexapro that it does in fact cause palpitations even several months after I stopped taking it. I did notice that candy including chocolate and caffeine products also contribute to the palpitations. I don't know if you use these products but if so, try to lessen the intake and see if you notice a difference. If you have anxiety, that too will cause palpitations. It certainly can't hurt to talk to your Dr about this. Good luck.
Hi, I started on 5mg Lexapro yesterday morning for anxiety and I been having palpitations all day and night. I feel restless it made me feel worse. I was very dizzy and my stomach felt sick. I will suspend the use today. I was given Lorazepam 00.05 mg to give me extra kick. I took both medicines yesterday and made symptoms worse. I started having anxiety in May and I been taking Lorazepam as needed every other day. Yesterday I finally decided to give Lexapro a try. I will suspend treatment. Please read this: Logo for WebMD
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TUESDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People taking certain antidepressants, including Celexa and Lexapro, may have a slightly increased risk of developing an abnormal heart beat.
Researchers say the drugs, which are in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may extend the length of electrical activity in the heart, called a QT interval. A long QT interval is an indicator of abnormal heart rhythms.
"For people who are taking higher doses of citalopram (Celexa) or escitalopram (Lexapro), they should discuss these doses with their doctors," said lead researcher Dr. Roy Perlis, director of the Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I was reading this on the internet. I hope this helps. Thank you
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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