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What are the risks of taking Lexapro?

Lexapro is in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. A more well-known drug from this class is Prozac. Common risks of this class of drugs include:
  • increase in suicidal thoughts
  • insomnia
  • sexual dysfunction
The most worrisome risk for this class of medications is serotonin syndrome, which can be life threatening.

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