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Why does lexapro (escitalopram) cause tiredness?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohen
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Sleep & Mood: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ssri that can be a very effective antidepressant. Like other ssris, however, Lexapro (escitalopram) does not aid sleep directly. In fact, its direct effects on sleep may make sleep less restful. This could leave you tired by day. Sleep, however, is also related to mood and depression, so Lexapro (escitalopram) often helps sleep indirectly by helping depression, more than it hurts sleep byits direct effects.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is there anything I can do about tiredness and fatigue caused by lexapro (escitalopram)?

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Reduce or Change: If you and your doctor suspect that your symptoms are due to the Lexapro, (escitalopram) you could have a trial of reducing or stopping the medication and possibly trying another different type of antidepressant. Of course the seriousness of your depression would have to taken into account if there is going to be a trial of taking you off the medication.

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