Q & A: Lexapro
Q: My doctor wants me to try Lexapro for my anorexia. Do you know anything about that medication? How drastic is the weight gain?
A: Lexapro is a relatively new antidepressant similar to Celexa, an SSRI (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor), from the same family of drugs as Prozac and Paxil, which are used to treat depression and other disorders. Although in general Lexapro is thought to be weight neutral, in some cases weight can either be gained or lost. The purpose of taking it would be to lower your general anxiety and make it more possible for you to address the issues in your life that are causing the anorexia. This in turn may help you to accept gaining weight as part of the recovery process and help prevent relapse.
Reprinted with permission from Eating Disorders Recovery Today
Winter 2003-2004 Volume 2, Number 2
©2003 Gürze Books
Dr. Gnap website editor eatingdisordersrecoverytoday.com. Dr. Gnap is a family practice physician and behavioral medicine specialist in suburban Chicago. Dr. Gnap developed the Inner Control™ Program in 1970 and has worked with thousands of people to improve and correct medical, emotional, behavioral and learning problems including performance.