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Lexapro Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Escitalopram oxalate

Lexapro is an antidepressant in a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro work by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and may cause depression or anxiety. Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Lexapro is an anti-depressant from the family of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. When you will used Lexapro, it increases the supply of a substance in the brain is known as serotonin. Lexapro helps to restore the brain's chemical balance. Lexapro is used to treat depression by increasing serotonin without affecting the other chemicals in the brain that may cause influence mood.

Lexapro Dosage

  • You should take dose of Lexapro tablets or oral solution is 10 milligrams once a day.
  • Your doctor may increase the dose to 20 milligrams after a minimum of 1 week.

Uses of Lexapro

Escitalopram medication is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Lexapro medication works by restoring the balance of certain chemicals in the brain to improve mood and feelings of well-being. It is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Side Effects of Lexapro

If you are taking Lexapro medicine, then discuss to your doctor about the risk and benefits of Lexapro. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Lexapro. Side effects may include:

  • Constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • decreased sex drive
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • ejaculation disorder
  • fatigue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • headache
  • impotence
  • indigestion
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sinusitis
  • sleepiness
  • sweating

Warnings and precautions before taking Lexapro:

  • After taking Lexapro medicine, you will feel some sleepy type or drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. So do not perform any activities where you requiring alertness, such as driving or using machinery.
  • If you have liver problems or severe kidney disease, then discuss to your doctor about dosage because your dosage may need adjustment.
  • Do not stop taking Lexapro medicine without talking to your doctor. An sudden decrease in dose may cause withdrawal symptoms such as include mood problems, lethargy, insomnia, and tingling sensations.

Drug Interaction :-

Do not used any drugs with the Lexapro medication, because it can increased, decreased or altered the effects of Lexapro medicine. So consult to your doctor before taking any drugs with the Lexapro medicine. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lexapro with the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Drugs that act on the brain, including antidepressants, painkillers,
  • sedatives, and tranquilizers
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Linezolid (Zyvox)
  • Lithium (Eskalith)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor)
  • Narcotic painkillers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and ibuprofen
  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)

If you are taking Lexapro medicine and you feel that you have taken too much of this medication, then contact to your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an Lexapro overdose may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • tremor
  • sweating
  • rapid heartbeat
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • seizures
  • coma

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