Hi. The doctor at my university just recommended Lexapro for me (I've had anxiety for over two years now) and I just did a quick search on it and noticed that some side-effects can be heart palpitations or a lengthening of the QT interval... Seeing as I have a minor ventricular septal defect, should I be concerned about taking this medication given my heart condition? She's prescribed 10mg daily. Also, and I don't know how useful this info is for you but, I'm an 18 year old female, 5 foot 4, around 135 lbs.
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Severe side effects: fast or uneven heartbeats.
Cardiovascular side effects including palpitation and hypertension (HBP) have been reported frequently. Bradycardia, tachycardia, ECG abnormalities, flushing, and varicose veins have been reported infrequently.
I would call your Dr. now, and ask for his professional opinion, it is almost the weekend, and you would not want to have possible side effects during Sat. / Sun. and end up in the ER (worse case scenario), plan ahead, you still have time; the heart one of the most delicate organs, and important. Perhaps nothing will happen, but better safe than sorry!
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Do you have a cardiologist? If so I would call the office and ask if its ok. Did the dr who prescribed the lexapro know that you have a heart problem? It sounds like you don't have a conduction problem effecting your pulse, and lexapro can mess with the conduction. I think I'd want to fly it by my cardiologist before I took it in any case.
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