Lexapro is an antidepressant drug. It falls under the group of SSRIs i.e. selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The generic name of Lexapro is Escitalopram.
This drug is generally used for the treatment of major depressive disorders as well as generalized anxiety disorder.
How does Lexapro (Escitalopram) work?
The exact mechanism of action of Lexapro (Escitalopram) is still a subject of research. But, it is believed that this antidepressant drug works by positively affecting the communication between CNS’s (central nervous system) nerve cells and/ or works by restoring the balance of the disturbed chemicals present in the brain.
Indications of Lexapro (Escitalopram)
Lexapro (Escitalopram) is indicated for use in:
- Major Depressive Disorders in adults as well as adolescents who are 12 years of age or above
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder in adults
Side- effects of Lexapro (Escitalopram)
The side-effects of Lexapro (Escitalopram) can be major side- effects or common side- effects. The major side- effects are the serious ones that need medical attention while the common side- effects are mild that do not need medical attention. They go by themselves.
The serious side- effects of Lexapro (Escitalopram) include:
- Allergic reaction to Lexapro (Escitalopram) manifesting as swelling in throat, tongue, lips and face, difficulty in breathing and rashes or hives
- Behavioral change or mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Trouble in sleeping
- Feeling aggressive, impulsive, hostile, agitated, restless, physically or mentally hyperactive
- Feeling more depressed
- Having thoughts about suicide or hurting self
- Tunnel vision, blurred vision. Swelling or pain in eye, seeing halos around light
- Unusual risk- taking behaviour, racing thoughts, feeling extremely happy or sad
- High serotonin level in the body causing hallucination, agitation, fever, overactive reflexes, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, fainting, diarrhea, loss of coordination
- Low sodium level in the body leading to loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, headache, confusion, severe weakness, slurred speech, vomiting
- Severe nervous system reaction leading to rigid muscles, high grade fever, confusion, sweating, rapid or uneven heartbeat, tremors, feeling like passing out
Common side- effects of Lexapro (Escitalopram) include:
- Feeling drowsy
- Feeling tired
- Mild nausea
- Upset stomach
- Vision changes
- Weight changes
- Increased sweating
- Decreased libido, difficulty in having orgasm, impotence
How to take Lexapro (Escitalopram)?
Take Lexapro (Escitalopram) as instructed by your doctor. Do not change the amount of the dose and the time for which the drug has been prescribed. Your doctor will change the dose if required.
Take the medication same time every day.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
You must discuss all the potential risks and benefits of this drug before you take it in pregnancy. Discuss everything with your doctor beforehand. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
If you are a nursing mother, you must discuss all the risks with your doctor. Take this drug only if the benefits of the drug overweigh the risks associated with the use of this drug.
A Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRIs), Lexapro is used for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorder.
Lexapro drug can be taken in tablet and liquid form. A tablet per day is the normal dosage and it can be taken with or without food. You can get the best results only if regularly taken for a couple of weeks.
If you have forgotten to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Well, if it is time for the next dosage, it is better to skip the missed one and continue with the usual dosage. Do not take a double dosage.
Avoid taking Lexapro if you are taking nitrates and alpha brokers. The pressure level may reach unsafe levels if Lexapro is combined with alpha–blockers. If you have any sexual dysfunction, then avoid Lexapro. You should also avoid if you are allergic to it.
Lexapro helps you to control anxiety and depression
High work load and hectic routine is everywhere in our daily life. No one is free from such kind of problems. In this way, there is a possibility that brain chemicals, known as Escitalopram, become disturbed. In such situation, anxiety and depression rose up in the routine and many of the people use different kind of the medicine to reduce these effects. For the similar purpose, Lexapro is use which belongs to the group of drug known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This medicine is very effective for the treatment of anxiety in adults, major depressive disorder in adolescents and children younger than 12 years old. More over this medicine is too much effective for many of the other purposes which might be not listed. If patient is taking pimozide or having treatment with the methylene blue injection then he or she should not use this medicine. Similarly, this medicine is not suitable if patient had used MAO inhibitor in last 14 days otherwise a serious side effect may occur. Some patient suffers from serious kind of suicidal thinking at the beginning but it reduced after the passage of time. In this situation doctor must check the patient after a specific interval of time while using this medicine. Patient’s family member and colleagues must be aware about this condition so they can take an urgent action against these symptoms. It is not recommended to purchase this medicine from venders or internet because they are not licensed to sell the medicine because of containing dangerous ingredients. Contact to food and drug administration (FDA) for further information because internet medicine contain haloperidol (Haldol) which shows dangerous side effects. Discuss with your doctor and make sure whether it is safe for you or not. Sometimes it does not suits for those patients having seizures or epilepsy, narrow-angle glaucoma, bipolar disorder (manic depression), liver or kidney disease, diabetes or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts. Completely follow the directions of the doctor and take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor. Do not change the medicine quantity without doctor advice as it may be harmful for patient. Try to use the medicine on the same time of each day and measure the drug quantity with dose measuring device or with medicine cup. Keep the medicine in moisture free environment at cool and dry place. Never hesitate to ask any question from doctor and contact to doctor immediately in case of any emergency. Drinking of the alcohol while using this medicine may be dangerous for health so never use it for health safety reasons. This medicine may impair the action and thinking of the patient. So, it is advised to be alert while driving or operating any machine which needs much concentration. Take this medicine according to prescription of doctor otherwise you may get serious side effects caused by this medicine. You can know more about this medicine from other websites too.