Lexapro and cocaine are obviously two very different drugs, but they are the same in one potentially very dangerous way.
Lexapro is legal and helps people battle depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in their brains. Cocaine is, of course, not legal, but it also increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. It’s more addictive than Lexapro, because it works so fast and produces such a rush of euphoria.
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.
Serotonin Syndrome: Combining Cocaine and Lexapro
While Serotonin Syndrome is relatively rare, it can be deadly.
Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome include confusion, agitation, sweating, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and 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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