Escitalopram is a prescription medication which is available only under the brand name Lexapro. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Like other SSRIs, Lexapro is believed to work by increasing the brain's supply of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. This corrects an existing chemical imbalance, improving mood and creating a feeling of well-being. Lexapro is used to treat both generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. Lexapro is available in five, ten, and twenty milligram tablets. A peppermint flavor oral-solution is also available. Lexapro should be taken once a day with water, preferably at the same time each day. Once you have been taking this medication regularly, do NOT suddenly stop, as serious withdrawal symptoms can occur. The most commonly reported side effects of Lexapro include severe nausea, vomiting and sexual dysfunction, but please ask your doctor for a complete list. Also, tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience suicidal thoughts, seizures, or any other significant changes. Lexapro should never be taken with MAO Inhibitors, like Nardil, or with alcohol. Ask your doctor for a full list of medications and conditions that should not be combined with Lexapro. Lexapro is commonly prescribed and it can help ease the symptoms of people with GAD and major depression. However, this medication must always be used under the direct care of a physician. Please ask for and review all of the patient information provided by your doctor before taking Lexapro.
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012