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Commercial Name: Lexapro
Active Ingredient: Escitalopram
Utilization: Used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder
Available Dosages: 5mg, 10mg and 20mg
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The pills of Lexapro come in the round shape of white, yellow or purple colors depending on the dosage and the manufacturer. The usual dosages for one tablet, which contains escitalopram, are 10 and 20 mg. This medicine is an antidepressant from the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The active ingredient is escitalopram.
Lexapro (Escitalopram) is an antidepressant. It is considered that this drug has a positive effect on the connection between nerve cells in the central nervous system and restores the chemical balance in the brain. This medication is indicated for depression and panic disorders. Some patients with panic disorder may experience increased anxiety at the beginning of Lexapro treatment, which usually disappears within the next two weeks of treatment.
The leaflet provided with the packing offers basic information on how to use this medicine. Before use, it is better to discuss the dosage with your physician and make sure to follow his exact prescriptions.
This medicine has a set of side effects for health if used any differently from doctor's orders. Side effects can be various, for example:
- drowsiness, fatigue;
- mild nausea, gas, heartburn, upset stomach, constipation;
- excessive sweating;
- change or decrease in sexual desire and ability;
- auditory or visual hallucinations.
Clinical experience with the use of Lexapro indicates a possible increase in the risk of suicide attempts in the first weeks of therapy, and therefore it is very important to carefully monitor patients during this period.
This is not a complete list of adverse reactions, and you should report to your doctor immediately about any unpleasant symptoms that persist.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 5.06.2023