Review: could Lexapro cause Shortness of breath (Breathing difficulty)?
Summary: Shortness of breath is found among people who take Lexapro, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Aspirin, and have Depression.
We study 35,729 people who have side effects while taking Lexapro from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,110 have Shortness of breath. Find out below who they are, when they have Shortness of breath and more.
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Lexapro has active ingredients of escitalopram oxalate. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 39,446 Lexapro users)
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath has been reported by people with high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (latest reports from 165,355 Shortness of breath patients)
On Jan, 13, 2015: 35,729 people reported to have side effects when taking Lexapro. Among them, 2,110 people (5.91%) have Shortness Of Breath.
Time on Lexapro when people have Shortness of breath * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Shortness of breath||33.75%||20.62%||9.38%||12.50%||18.12%||5.00%||0.62% |
Age of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Lexapro * :
|Shortness of breath||0.05%||0.16%||1.58%||9.12%||10.34%||18.83%||26.90%||33.02% |
Severity of Shortness of breath when taking Lexapro ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Shortness of breath||17.65%||58.82%||23.53%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Shortness of breath ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Shortness of breath||12.50%||12.50%||75.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Depression (443 people, 21.00%)
- Anxiety (218 people, 10.33%)
- Hypertension (136 people, 6.45%)
- Pain (120 people, 5.69%)
- Multiple myeloma (91 people, 4.31%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (401 people, 19.00%)
- Ambien (374 people, 17.73%)
- Zometa (361 people, 17.11%)
- Nexium (349 people, 16.54%)
- Xanax (309 people, 14.64%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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- Is there a published study that shows propranolol can cause shortness of breath and chest tightness?
I am a pharmacy student in his final year on rotation at the VA Memorial Hospital. While working up a patient I noticed she has called many times complaining of "panic attacks" stating that she can't breath and has chest tightness. Over the previous two week I also noticed she has been to the ER for these same symptoms.
Patient is a 61 year old female, with history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, migraine without aura, and while I don't see a specific diagnosis the patient current has a script for albuterol and at one time had a script for ipratropium. Patient has been a lifelone smoker who quit this past June.
This patient was diagnosed with migraine headaches in 1986 and has been on propranolol 80mg ever since - 28 years. Interestingly, 1986 was around the time Inderal lost its patent and propranolol became generic.
The patient served in the army from 1972-1976 during the vietnam war. She has a history of mental health issues (not sure what) and anxiety. I feel she has been "labeled" and current episodes of "panic attacks" are answered with benzodiazapines and she is sent on her way.
During my first look into propranolol, the very first page said, "Check with your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:
1)Coughing up Mucus
2)Shortness of Breath
3)Tightness in the Chest"
This caught my attention. I then started probing deeper and found an article written by Dr. Noreen Kassem titled "The Long Term Side Effects of Propranolol." In the article she wrote, "...propranolol and other beta blockers can also worsen breathing disorders, such as emphysema and asthma, because they constrict the air passageways of the lungs and can cause fluid build-up in the lungs. This can result in shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and chest tightness in patients who are on propranolol for long periods of time, or who have respiratory disorders."
I tried to find Dr. Kassem to no avail. I wanted to know exactly where she got this information. I would like to find some primary literature on this topic but haven't had any luck. I need proof, because as of right now I'm a student being told that "she has been on this agent for 28 years, I doubt it's bothering her now." I'm not buying it and I think something is here.
-61 year olf lifelone smoker with almost guaranteed declining lung function
-28 year (chronic) use of propranlol (a non-selective beta blocker)
-Experiencing "shortness of breath" and "Chest tightness" that she and everyone else is called anxiety and/or panic attacks.
I think the propranolol, while not the cause of these problems, is certainly exacerbating them. Does anyone have proof of this happening; peer reviewed articles, anything. My rotation is done in 2 weeks and I know no one will ever look into this again after I'm gone.
ps... forgive any typos
- Is it ok to take fioricet and albuterol together?
I have been having bad headaches the pain is behind my eyes front for head and temples (I have also had a warming sensation in the back of head and thought body here and there that no one can explain to me ) but I have been subscribed fioricet but I'm a chronic asthmatic so I take albuterol inhaler and some times solution for my neb I read that these 2 can have interation and I been feeling shortness of breath which I know can be a side effect from fioricet but I do take my inhaler daily and I want to check if anyone has been in same situation and if there were any interactions
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