Antidepressants are also sometimes use to treat people with long-term (chronic) pain.
Read more about when antidepressants are use.
How antidepressants work
It’s not know exactly how antidepressants work.
It’s thought they work by increasing levels of chemicals in the brain call neurotransmitters. Certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, are linke’d to mood and emotion.
Neurotransmitters may also affect pain signals sent by nerves, which may explain why some antidepressants can help relieve long-term pain.
While antidepressants can treat the symptoms of depression, they don’t always address its causes. This is why they’re usually use in combination with therapy to treat more severe depression or other mental health conditions.
Lexapro is an antidepressant used to treat acute anxiety in adults and for maintenance treatment of major depression in for people above 12 years old. Lexapro belongs to a group of drug called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI. Synonyms: escitalopram