The dose of this medicine is adjusted by a doctor who can do it having the complete understanding of the medical history of a patient, the severity of his condition and other factors such as other disorders.
Here is the general information about common doses of Lexapro prescribed for anxiety and depression treatment.
Anxiety management in adult patients:
The treatment of anxiety usually starts with 10 mg pill used orally once a day in the morning or evening with or without food. Then after a week of treatment the dose can be increased up to 20 mg if necessary. These common doses of Lexapro have been tested during clinical trials and proven to be the most effective in the 6 months treatment of anxiety disorder in adult patients.
Depression treatment in adult patients:
The treatment mode of depression is practically the same as for anxiety. The initial dose is 10 mg orally once a day in the morning or evening with or without food. A patient may have a dose increase up to 20 mg after three weeks of treatment.
Depression treatment is children from 12 to 17 years:
Lexapro can be used in children from 12 to 17 years of age. The usual prescribed dose for initial treatment is 10 mg. After 3 weeks of treatment the dose can be increased up to 20 mg if necessary.
The incidents of depression may demand using antidepressants for longer period of time. The response to the treatment is different in individuals. So to sustain the effect, it is usually needed to continue consuming the medicine in the dose of 10-20 mg per day.
Lexapro treatment longer than 8 weeks shows beneficial results in most patients. Still there is a requirement for a regular doctor’s evaluation of the current condition of a patient.