Drug Reaction with Lexapro and Ultram

Chronic or prolonged episodes of depression can be almost unbearably miserable and awareness of other chronic ailments is heightened when depression is deepest. For patients suffering from on-going depression who also experience chronic pain, life can be very difficult indeed.

When more than one physical disorder is apparent, it often requires more than one prescription medication to achieve optimum health. Some patients even see different physicians to treat individual ailments. In such a case, it is imperative that all physicians know all medications a patient is taking, regardless of which doctor prescribed them.

In one such example where two different medications are required to treat chronic depression compounded by chronic pain, Lexapro may be prescribed for depression, while Ultram may be prescribed for pain.

As with any combination of prescription medications, a drug reaction with Lexapro and Ultram is likely. Lexapro (citalopram hydrobromide) is the isolated active ingredient in another popular antidepressant, Celexa. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) formulated to correct an imbalance of the mood-regulating chemical, serotonin, in the brain.

Ultram is a synthetic opioid analgesic formulated for use as a once-a-day pain reliever for those suffering from moderate to moderately severe pain on a prolonged basis. Taking Ultram in the presence of an SSRI can exacerbate any likelihood of seizures in the patient.

In addition to the likelihood of seizures, another drug reaction with Lexapro and Ultram is the possibility of abuse, which could lead to addiction. The analgesic effect of Ultram can seem heightened when it is taken with other drugs. The combined effects of these drugs may make it tempting to overmedicate, especially for the depressed patient who perhaps has already faced the trauma of self-medication and substance abuse.

Close monitoring of the effects of these prescription medications and of any adverse reactions that may occur is vitally important. Patients taking either medication needs to do so under supervision of a licensed physician or healthcare provider and must disclose any and all other medications taken, whether these other medications are prescription, over the counter, or alternative.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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