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What is Lexapro?

Generic Name: Escitalopram (ee SI tal Oh pram)
Brand Names: Lexapro, Cipralex
Prescription: Required

Lexapro is a medication used to treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, panic attacks, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, impulsivity, anger or severe restlessness. Lexapro is an effective anti depressant, but in a few patients it can even worsen depression. Thus, all patients should discuss with their physician the risks and benefits of Lexapro. If at any time, the mood changes become worse, the physician should be immediately informed. Lexapro acts by restoring the balance of chemicals in the brain. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. If you have a prescription for this medication you may compare price savings at trusted mail-order pharmacies and buy Lexapro online.

What are common side effects of Lexapro?

Mild Lexapro side effects include nausea, difficulty sleeping, weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, sweating, or constipation. If these symptoms persist, one must notify the physician. In rare cases, Lexapro can cause severe depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, nervousness, tremors, decreased libido and headaches. If these side effects occur one should seek immediate medical attention. Lexapro can rarely cause a syndrome called the serotonin syndrome which occurs when it is mixed with certain migraine medications (triptans). The syndrome presents with hallucinations, diarrhea, tremor, anxiety, inability to walk, slurred speech and fast heart rate. This is a medical emergency for which a physician must be seen immediately. Lexapro can also induce an allergic reaction which may present with a skin rash, itching, dizziness or trouble breathing. In such cases, one should seek immediate medical attention .

How does one use Lexapro?

Lexapro should only be taken as directed. The medication is taken with or without food once a day. If stomach upset occurs, then it can be taken with food. Lexapro is usually taken 1 hr before a meal and preferably in the morning. Lexapro should not be mixed with other anti depressants, alcohol or sedatives. The tablet should not be crushed but swallowed whole. The dose of Lexapro is based on your medical condition and response. Lexapro must be taken at the same time every for several weeks to work. The dose of Lexapro should not be increased without first consulting with your physician. Lexapro should not be abruptly discontinued as it can cause a withdrawal reaction.

What if I miss my Lexapro dose?

Lexapro should only be taken as directed. If you miss a dose of Lexapro one should never double dose the next time.