Lexapro is available in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg tablets. It is also available an oral solution with a concentration of 5 mg/ 5 mL. The recommended dosage of Lexapro is 10-20 mg a day. Exceptions include the elderly and patients with hepatic impairment, who should not take more than 10 mg a day.
Take Lexapro exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of Lexapro until it is the right dose for you.
Lexapro may be taken with or without food.
If you miss a dose of Lexapro, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Lexapro at the same time.
Both Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Depression are considered chronic conditions and treatment is recommended for several months. The efficacy of Lexapro over long periods of time has not been studied, therefore consistent reevaluation of the treatment is recommended for longer periods of treatment.
Lexapro is a pregnancy category C drug. This means that study with Lexapro in animals have shown adverse effects, but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Some neonates exposed to Lexapro in the third trimester have developed many complications that are consistent with serotonin syndrome. Lexapro should be used in pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.