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Lexapro (pronounced as lex-AH-pro)
Escitalopram (pronounced as es-psy-TAL-oh-pram)
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What is Lexapro?
Lexapro, which contains the active ingredient escitalopram, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtmlobsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Escitalopram is a citalopram’s S-enantiomer and is approximately 150 times more potent than citalopram’s R-enantiomer. Compared to other drugs in this class, escitalopram is more selective for the serotonin transporter which may be why this medication causes fewer side effects.
Lexapro: Mechanism of Action
Lexapro, escitalopram, increases serotonin levels in the brain by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin into the presynaptic neuron. In doing so, serotonin stays longer in the synaptic gap and stimulate the recipient cell. Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) because it only affects the reuptake of serotonin wher
How do I take Lexapro?
Lexapro is usually taken 10 mg - 20 mg once daily, at the same time each day, although the dose may be adjusted depending on your medical condition or your health. It may take several weeks for you to feel the effect of using Lexapro and the improvement can be gradual. It is important to continue to take Lexapro at the dose your doctor recommends and for as long as your doctor recommends. You should continue to take this medication regularly even if you start to feel better unless told by our doctor otherwise.
If you forget to take a dose, take your next dose according to your usual schedule and do not double dose in the same day.
Lexapro and withdrawal
If you're tolerating an antidepressant such as Lexapro well and it's helping you enjoy life with renewed energy, your doctor may want you to continue your treatment indefinitely to prevent relapse. However, some patients still would like to discontinue their medication because of unwanted side effects or they may feel they no longer need the medication.
Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is a common condition that happens to 10% of patients who decide to stop their therapy. Symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal can be similar to symptoms of anxiety and depression. You may experience nausea/vomiting, cramps, loss of appetite, flushing, dizziness, trouble sleeping, irritability, and numbness. Many of these symptoms can be minimized by tapering over weeks or months. They can start days-weeks of changing your dose. SSRIs such as Lexapro are associated with less withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to note that antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is not the same as being addicted to an antidepressant. Addiction is when a patient seeks increasingly higher doses but that normally does not occur with antidepressant patients. Discontinuation syndrome, or “withdrawal”, is due to your brain adjusting to different levels of neurotransmitters.
What are the side effects of taking Lexapro?
Some common Lexapro side effects are: nausea, fatigue, fever, constipation/diarrhea, sweating, changes in sleep or appetite, weight gain, tremors, drowsiness, dry mouth, heartburn, and decreased sexual libido. Most of these side effects are mild and passing. Most patients do not need additional therapy to manage their side effects. You may experience these side effects if you forget your dose or if you reduce your dose so please talk to a doctor before making changes to your dose regimen. If side effects do not improve or disappear after a few days, please talk to your doctor.
Can I take Lexapro with an empty stomach?
You can take Lexapro with or without food
Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
The general recommendation is to avoid alcohol while taking any antidepressant because alcohol can make anxiety and depression worse and more challenging to treat. Drinking alcohol can also worsen Lexapro’s side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness.
What drugs interact with Lexapro?
There are many interactions with Lexapro and the following is not a complete list. Please speak with your health care provider and individually assess all the medication that you are using.
Medications that interact with Lexapro include: MAOIs, pimozide, linezolid, methylene blue, antiarrhythmics, antipsychotics, opioids, diuretics, laxatives, other SSRIs, lithium, tryptophan, cimetidine, triptans for migraine, fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, omeprazole, St John’s wort, anticoagulants, pain medications, and some cough and cold preparations. Please note, this list is not complete.
If you have diabetes, then Lexapro may affect your blood sugar control.
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