Depression and anxiety can be treated by Lexapro. But also your doctor may prescribe it for other conditions.
Consult your doctor before using Lexapro.
- There is special Medication Guide (an additional patient information sheet) that comes with Lexapro. Read everything carefully and if you get Lexapro refilled reread the guide.
- You may take Lexapro with or without food. But in case of stomach upset take it with food. Lexapro will stomach irritation.
- Lexapro may reach full effect in several weeks.
- Even if you already feel well don’t stop using Lexapro and don’t miss doses.
If you have any questions about using Lexapro don’t hesitate to ask your health care provider. Lexapro is type of antidepressant also known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It increases serotonin (the activity of a chemical in the brain) that elevates mood. If a dose of Lexapro is missed it’s necessary to take it as soon as possible. But sometimes it happens that it is almost time for your next dose, in such case you should skip the missed dose and keep to your regular dosing schedule. It’s forbidden to take 2 doses at once.
Lexapro should be stored at 77 degrees F that is 25 degrees C. Keep it away from heat, moisture, and light. It’s permitted to store it for a short period of time at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). It’s forbidden to store Lexapro in the bathroom. Hide it from children and pets.
Lexapro Safety information
Lexapro can’t be used:
- If you are allergic to citalopram or any other ingredients in Escitalopram;
- if a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (e. g. phenelzine) have been taken in the last 14 days;
- together with tramadol, selegiline, citalopram, linezolid, pimozide or other medicines for loosing weight (e.g., phentermine).
If any of this applies to you, you should reach your doctor or health care provider immediately.
- Until you know how you react to Lexapro you are not to drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks.
- Don’t take alcohol with Lexapro. Other medications that cause drowsiness are also not allowed (e. g. sedatives, tranquilizers). It will increase the effects of alcohol and other depressants. Always ask your pharmacist if you hesitate which medicines are depressants.
- Antidepressants are dangerous for children and teenagers because they can increase suicidal thoughts and actions. Individuals with bipolar illness (that is manic-depressive illness), a family history of bipolar illness, or a history of attempting suicide undertake even higher risk. Be alert if you have some changes in moods or actions, especially sudden. Consult your doctor immediately if depression, anxiety, restlessness or irritability, panic attacks, thoughts or attempts of suicide, or other unusual changes in behaviour or mood occur or worsen;
If you are pregnant, consult your doctor in order to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lexapro (especially during the third trimester). Pay attention: Lexapro is thrown out in breast milk. So, if you are or are going breast-feeding and you are taking Lexapro you should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any possible risk to your baby.
Lexapro Side effects
If any of these most typical side effects persist or become bothersome consult your doctor:
- Back pain; constipation; decreased sex drive; diarrhea as well as delay in ejaculation; dizziness; impotence; drowsiness; dry mouth; increased sweating. Call your doctor if you experience nausea; trouble sleeping; unusual fatigue; upset stomach or vomiting.
If any of these serious side effects occur seek medical help immediately:
- Severe allergic reactions that may be difficulty breathing; rash; hives; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you suffer from agitation; anxiety; black or tarry stools; changes in amount of urine; painful or prolonged erection; chest pain; hostility; impulsiveness; irritability; mania; muscle cramps; panic attacks you need medical care. Restlessness; sleeplessness; seizures; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or of hurting yourself; uncontrolled movements that are called tremors; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual or serious mental/mood changes; uncommonly fast or slow heartbeat; vision changes; vomit (like coffee grounds) or worsening of depression are also dangerous.
A person for whom Escitalopram is not prescribed is not allowed to use it. This medicine can’t be shared with other people. Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.