Lexapro (Escitalopram)

Lexapro is the brand name for escitalopram, an antidepressant. Lexapro is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and works by blocking transporters for serotonin, therefore increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Lexapro contains the active isomer (chemical) of Celexa (citalopram). Lexapro's advantage over Celexa may be that it is usually as effective as Celexa at one-fourth the dose.

Lexapro's full effects may not be felt for 1 to 4 weeks or longer.

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Why is this drug prescribed?
Lexapro is FDA-approved for depression and anxiety in adults. There is also some evidence for use in obsessive-compulsive disorder and trichotillomania in adults.

How much of this drug is typically used?
Oral tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg
Oral solution: 1 mg/mL

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The accurate dosage of Lexapro helps you overcome depression. As your doctor detects the symptoms of clinical depression and other signs of stress including insomnia, loss of appetite or sudden weight loss, he prescribes the medication in the early phase of the disease. You may also experience some negative feelings of depression including suicidal thoughts, hopelessness and feeling alone. With an intake of Escitalopram your mood improves, and you start feeling positive about life.


Lexapro treats generalized anxiety disorder. The condition is quite different than normal anxiety issues. Generalized anxiety disorder causes excess worry and tension that disrupts your normal life. Some of the common signs are difficulty concentrating, unexplained feelings of apprehension, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and muscle aches.


When you are the victim of a chronic migraine, the doctor may prescribe medications to help you overcome intense migraine pains. The intense pain often occurs on any one side of your head. It also induces several other health discomforts such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. The pain can also last for several days. In such circumstances, the intake of Lexapro treats the pain effectively.

Warnings and Precautions

Alcohol should be avoided while taking Lexapro because it increases several of the side effects.

Lexapro's side effects may make it difficult or dangerous to drive or operate machinery, especially near the beginning of therapy.

For Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: There have been no studies of Lexapro in humans, but animal studies indicate that Lexapro in high doses may be harmful to the fetus. Lexapro does pass into breast milk and may cause sleepiness, decreased feeding, and weight loss in the breastfeeding infant; Lexapro is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers.

Lexapro should not be used for people with an allergy to Lexapro or Celexa (citalopram).

Lexapro may be used with caution in people with the following conditions:

Adverse Reactions
Lexapro may cause the following reactions:


Interactions with Drugs and Other Substances

Drugs or substances that may interact with Lexapro include:

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Research Studies and Use in Child Psychiatry
This medication is similar to citalopram, and is in fact an isomer. Despite an absence of postive data, escitalopram is used in children with depression, although the medication carries a special warning, as with other antidepressants, of increased suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults.  Additionally, a small study has suggested that escitalopram is useful in children and adolescents with social anxiety disorder.

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