Cipralex, also known as Lexapro or escitalopram oxalate, does not cause weight gain. Like other drugs in the same class, Cipralex is indicated to treat depression, anxiety and hot flashes associated with menopause, reports WebMD. It can help to increase the mood, energy levels and feelings of well-being, while reducing nervousness and anxiety.
It typically takes 2 weeks to start feeling any effect from Cipralex, and 4 weeks for it to reach its full potential. Cipralex may cause several side effects unrelated to weight, such as nausea, dry mouth, sleep trouble, constipation, drowsiness or dizziness, according to WebMD. Patients who experience persistent or severe side effects should promptly consult a doctor.