10 months ago
Last edited at 2:47PM on 2/4/2013
Lexapro, which is categorised as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which is mainly used to treat depression and or anxiety. There are side effects which can make a patient feel anxious, and this secondary anxiety could cause a patient to be short of breath, but it does not directly cause anxiety or shortness of breath. However if you are concerned you are having a side effect to this medication you should call your prescribing doctor. However that being said, shortness of breath can be serious. You need air to breathe. And whether the shortness of breath is being caused by an organic problem or from a psychological problem is irrelevant. You need air to breathe. If you are having shortness of breath you should go to the emergency department. My source is the Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, Twelfth Edition.