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The Dangers of Mixing Lexapro and Cocaine

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Antidepressants like Lexapro and Cipralex can help you with depression or anxiety, but with cocaine in the mix, the situation can get dangerous.

Lexapro and cocaine are obviously two very different drugs, but they are the same in one potentially very dangerous way.

Lexapro, also sold as Cipralex, is an antidepressant that helps people battle depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in their brains. It belongs to a class of antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).

Cocaine is, of course, not legal, but it also increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. It produces such a rush of euphoria and works so fast, no wonder it’s much more addictive than Lexapro.

What Are The Effects of Lexapro and Cocaine?

Remember how we just said that both cocaine and Lexapro can raise serotonin levels? The problem is that you can have too much of a good thing.

There is a condition called Serotonin Syndrome—and it happens when serotonin levels climb too high in the nervous system. It can happen by intentionally overdosing on an anti-depressant like Lexapro. It can also happen when someone takes both Lexapro and cocaine together.

Can Combining Cocaine and Lexapro Can Cause Serotonin Syndrome?

While Serotonin Syndrome is relatively rare, it can be deadly for those that combine cocaine and Lexapro. If you are mixing both drugs, know that you are at an increased risk for serotonin syndrome.

Some of the common symptoms of serotonin syndrome include:

  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle spasms

Life-threatening symptoms include high fever, seizures, an irregular heartbeat and unconsciousness. If any of those occur, seek immediate medical help.

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