Lexapro

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    Brand Name:Lexapro
    Generic:Escitalopram Oxalate
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2002-08-14 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Forest Laboratories
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets and Oral Solutions
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/021323s025lbl.pdf

About Lexapro

Lexapro is in a class of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Lexapro tablets and oral solution are used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Side Effects of Lexapro

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with triptan medicines.
  • Infant persistent pulmonary hypertension.
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions: Persons taking Lexapro may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when Lexapro is first started or the dose is changed. People close to persons taking Lexapro can help by paying attention to changes in user’s moods or actions. Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using Lexapro talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are taking Lexapro yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.
  • Stopping Lexapro: Do not stop taking Lexapro suddenly because you could get side effects. Your healthcare professional will slowly decrease your dose.
  • Bleeding problems: Lexapro may cause bleeding problems, especially if taken with aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen), or other drugs that affect bleeding.
  • Mania: You may become unusually hyperactive, excitable or elated.
  • Seizures: You may experience a seizure (convulsion), even if you are not taking Lexapro close in time with an MAOI.
  • Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant (see FDA Alert [07/2006] above). In addition to the issue described in the alert, babies delivered to mothers taking Lexapro late in pregnancy have developed problems, such as difficulty breathing and feeding.
  • Sexual problems: You may have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction), abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido (sexual desire).
  • Other side effects include difficulty sleeping, nausea, increased sweating, fatigue, and sleepiness.
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, especially liver or kidney disease. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed your baby.

Who Should Not Take Lexapro

Never take Lexapro if you are taking another drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking Lexapro close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:

  • High body temperature
  • Coma
  • Seizures (convulsions)

MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxazid), and other brands.

Interactions with Lexapro

  • Do not take Lexapro with Celexa (citalopram), another drug used to treat depression, because they are very similar and you could get an overdose.
  • Lexapro may interact with medicines other than the ones already mentioned in this information sheet. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.
  • If you plan to drink alcohol, talk to your healthcare professional.
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Lexapro

Lexapro Generic name: Escitalopram oxalate Why is Lexapro prescribed? Lexapro is prescribed for major depression—a persistently low mood that interferes with daily functioning. To be considered major, depression must occur nearly every day for at least two weeks, and must include at least five of the following symptoms: low mood, loss of interest in usual activities, significant change in weight or appetite, change in sleep patters, agitation or lethargy, fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, slowed thinking or lack of concentration, and thoughts of suicide. Lexapro is also prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by excessive worry and anxiety that is hard to control and interferes with daily life. To be diagnosed with this disorder, your symptoms must have lasted at least 6 months and you must have at least three of the following: restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. Lexapro works by boosting levels of serotonin, one of the chief chemical messengers in the brain. The drug is a close chemical cousin of the antidepressant medication citalopram. Other antidepressants that work by raising serotonin levels include fluoxetine, paroxetine, and sertraline.


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