What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is the brand name fo the antidepressant medication escitalopram. This antidepressant medication belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety. Lexapro is used to treat anxiety in adults. It  is also used to treat major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old.

Important Information about Lexapro

Lexapro affect all people differently. Some patient have experienced thoughts of suicide while taking Lexapo. If you experience suicidal thought or worsening of mood, thoughts or behaviors while taking Lexapo contact your doctor immediately.

Jut as many other SSRI medications are abuse, Lexapro is often used for recreational purposes. Do not give your medication to others and keep out of sight. Do not increase or decrease your dosage without speaking to your Doctor first. Do not discontinue the use of Lexapro without speaking to your doctor, this could result in unwanted symptoms of withdrawal.

Lexapro Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Lexapro there are often side effects associated with its use. Some common side effects to Lexapro that will not require medical attention include;

  • Constipation
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • ejaculation delay
  • gas in the stomach
  • heartburn
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • increased sweating
  • loss in sexual ability desire, drive, or performance
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • stomach pain
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unable to sleep

Although rare, if you experience any of the following side effects to Lexapro let your Doctor know immediately;

  • Coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • decreased urine output
  • dizziness
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • increased thirst
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Lexapro Uses

Lexapro is used in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This medication works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety.

Lexapro is an antidepressant in a group of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). When taken in high doses this medication can create feelings of well being and euphoria. This makes it a desired drug amongst abusers. The intentional misuse of Lexapro is a danger to the users health.

Prolonged use of Lexapro can result in a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Lexapro Dosage and Directions

The recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adolescents. After a minimum of 3 weeks the dosage can be increased 20mg once daily.

The recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adults. After a minimum of one week the dosage can be increased 20mg once daily.

The recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in adults. After a minimum of one week the dosage can be increased 20mg once daily.