Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant belonging to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Escitalopram affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression or anxiety. It is also used to treat anxiety in adults. Lexapro is also used to treat major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old.
Lexapro (escitalopram) is indicated for the acute and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder in adults and in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age with the supervision of the physician
A major depressive episode (DSM-IV) defines a prominent and relatively persistent (nearly every day for at least 2 weeks) depressed or dysphoric mood that usually interferes with the activities of daily functioning, and includes at least five of the following nine symptoms: depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, significant change in weight and/or appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, psychomotor agitation or retardation, increased fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, slowed thinking or impaired concentration, a suicide attempt or suicidal tendencies.
You should not use Lexapro if you also take pimozide, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection, if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
Some young individuals have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. The physician will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using Lexapro. Your family or other significant caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate)
Common side effects of Lexapro includes but not limited to headache, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, ejaculatory disorder, insomnia, and delayed ejaculation. Other side effects include dizziness, fatigue, constipation, dyspepsia, anorgasmia, xerostomia, decreased libido, and diaphoresis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
The recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily.