Does Lexapro Affect Dopamine?

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Asked by Tory

Does Lexapro Affect Dopamine?

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Hi Tory

Are you thinking of taking Lexapro?

Here is our Member Medication Review on Lexapro.

Here too is our information on Lexapro and how it works:

"Escitalopram is an antidepressant (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-SSRI) used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain. Escitalopram may improve your feelings of well-being and energy level and decrease nervousness."

If your concern is loss of sexual desire...this Newsweek article has a suggestion:

"Adding the antidepressant Wellbutrin, not an SSRI, also often helps--perhaps because it increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is believed to increase desire."

On this CrazyMeds forum members discuss Lexapro and dopamine levels.

The best person to ask this question is your doctor or pharmacist.

Answered by Merely Me