Escitalopram Oxalate

( Generic Lexapro )

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Escitalopram Oxalate

Drug Info for escitalopram oxalate

Escitalopram is used to treat depression in adults and children and teenagers 12 years of ago or older. Escitalopram is also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer) in adults, teenagers, and children 7 years of age and older. Escitalopram is in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.

Lexapro is a medication used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Lexapro belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro is a brand version of the drug escitalopram oxalate. This drug was approved by the FDA for depression in 2002 and for anxiety in 2003. In the treatment of mental health disorders, Lexapro use is common.

Take this medicine as directed. You may need to take it for a month or more before you feel better. Your dose may need to be changed to find out what works best for you.

Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.

Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to escitalopram or citalopram.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, bleeding problems, glaucoma, heart disease, or a history of seizures.

For some children, teenagers, and young adults, this medicine may increase mental or emotional problems. This may lead to thoughts of suicide and violence. Talk with your doctor right away if you have any thoughts or behavior changes that concern you. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a history of bipolar disorder or suicide attempts.

This medicine may cause the following problems: Serotonin syndrome (may be life-threatening when used with certain other medicines)Increased risk of bleeding problemsSexual problems

This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.

Your doctor may want to monitor your child's weight and height, because this medicine may cause decreased appetite and weight loss in children.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Unusual bleeding or bruising

Do not use this medicine together with pimozide. Do not use this medicine and an MAO inhibitor (MAOI) within 14 days of each other.

Some medicines can affect how escitalopram works. Tell your doctor if you are using the following: Buspirone, carbamazepine, cimetidine, desipramine, fentanyl, lithium, meperidine, methadone, St John's wort, tramadolAmphetaminesBlood thinner (including warfarin)Diuretic (water pill)NSAID pain or arthritis medicine (including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen)Triptan medicine to treat migraine headaches (including sumatriptan)Tryptophan supplements

Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.

Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Your doctor may want to monitor your child's weight and height, because this medicine may cause decreased appetite and weight loss in children.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.

Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

  • Feeling more excited or energetic than usual, racing thoughts, trouble sleeping
  • Seizures
  • Painful, prolonged erection of your penis
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Anxiety, restlessness, fever, sweating, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seeing or hearing things that are not there
  • Confusion, weakness, and muscle twitching
  • Eye pain, vision changes, seeing halos around lights
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others, unusual behavior
  • Loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance, delayed or inability to have an orgasm, inability to have or keep an erection
  • Nausea, constipation, diarrhea
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, or sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Sexual problems
  • Dry mouth