Used for Anxiety and Depression

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Learn more about LEXAPRO

What is LEXAPRO?

What is LEXAPRO?

LEXAPRO is the brand name for escitalopram and is available as an oral tablet.

What dosages is LEXAPRO available in?

What dosages is LEXAPRO available in?

LEXAPRO is available as a 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg oral tablet.

What is LEXAPRO used for?

What is LEXAPRO used for?

LEXAPRO is an SSRI that is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

How does LEXAPRO work?

How does LEXAPRO work?

LEXAPRO is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by raising the levels of serotonin, an important chemical in your brain that’s involved with regulating your mood and anxiety.

How do I take LEXAPRO?

How do I take LEXAPRO?

LEXAPRO is typically started at 10 mg by mouth once daily. If needed, your provider might raise your dose to 20 mg daily after a week. For children, their dose may be increased after 3 weeks.

Is it safe for me to take LEXAPRO?

Is it safe for me to take LEXAPRO?

LEXAPRO is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have a known hypersensitivity to escitalopram or citalopram or any of the inactive ingredients, are currently taking pimozide, or have taken an MAOI within the past 14 days.

LEXAPRO Common Side Effects

LEXAPRO Common Side Effects

Common side effects of LEXAPRO:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Ejaculation problems
  • Sleepiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
LEXAPRO Serious Side Effects

LEXAPRO Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with LEXAPRO. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Serotonin syndrome: fast heart rate, dizziness, sweating, flushing, tremor (shakiness), muscle stiffness, muscle twitching or spasms, uncoordinated movement, distress, seizures, hallucinations, coma
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (QT prolongation): chest pounding, short of breath, chest pain, feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Severe bleeding: bruising that doesn’t improve, black-colored stools, pink or red-colored urine, coughing up or vomiting blood, or unusual bleeding from the nose or gums
  • Low blood sodium levels: nausea, fatigue, headache, confusion, disoriented, hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t real), seizures, unconsciousness
  • Seizures
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on LEXAPRO

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on LEXAPRO

The following medications may interact with LEXAPRO:

  • Concomitant use with SSRIs, SNRIs or Tryptophan is not recommended
  • Use caution when concomitant use with drugs that affect hemostasis (NSAIDs, Aspirin, Warfarin)
Who makes LEXAPRO?

Who makes LEXAPRO?


Is LEXAPRO safe in pregnancy?

Is LEXAPRO safe in pregnancy?

LEXAPRO should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.


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