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Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters).
- Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
- Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
- If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Symptoms of overdose may include: irregular heartbeat, fainting, severe dizziness or lightheadedness, seizures.
Lexapro, Escitalopram Oxalate
LEXAPRO 10 MG TABLET
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- Take Lexapro by mouth usually once daily with or without food; or as directed by your doctor.
- You should take your dosage at the same time each day, either in the morning or in the evening.
- The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
- It is important to continue taking Lexapro as prescribed even if you feel well.
- Also, do not stop taking Lexapro without consulting your doctor.
- It may take up to several weeks before the full benefit of Lexapro takes effect.
- Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, fatigue, increased sweating, or dry mouth may occur.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: changes in sexual ability/interest.
- Males - If you experience a painful and prolonged erection, stop using Lexapro and seek immediate medical attention.
- An allergic reaction to Lexapro is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, kidney problems, seizures, heart problems, other mental/mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), thyroid problems, mineral (electrolyte) problems (e.g., hyponatremia, SIADH), any allergies.
- Lexapro may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- Caution is advised when using Lexapro in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of Lexapro.
- Lexapro should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- Lexapro passes into breast milk.
- Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using Lexapro is not recommended.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Certain medications taken with this product could result in serious, even fatal, drug interactions.
- Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within 2 weeks before or after treatment with Lexapro.
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information.
- Do not take Lexapro with citalopram because the two agents are very similar.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
- Lexapro should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: weight loss drugs (e.g., sibutramine, phentermine).
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), nefazodone, trazodone, tramadol, venlafaxine, triptan migraine drugs (e.g., sumatriptan, zolmitriptan), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline), carbamazepine, cimetidine, lithium, metoprolol, any herbal/natural products (e.g., melatonin, St.
- John s wort, ayahuasca).
- Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine).
- Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients.
- Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.