Lexapro antidepressant was created to manage the symptoms of both anxiety and depression. The medicine has appeared on the market in 2002 under the brand Lexapro which contains escitalopram- the active ingredient.
Lexapro is a very popular antidepressant among doctors and patients. Millions of people all over the world use it for depression and anxiety.
Escitalopram is manufactured by Forest Labs in the form of tablets and oral solution for oral use.
The medicine is available in the dosages of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg (tablet form) and 1 mg per mL (oral solution).
The active component escitalopram belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and is authorized for use in people (older than 12 year of age) with major depressive disorders (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorders (GAD) in adult patients.
It typically takes several weeks for Lexapro to start working. The obvious improvements of the symptoms such as sleep and mood change can get better in the first days of the treatment. The considerable improvement is usually observed within 4-6 weeks of treatment.
Common side effects of Lexapro include headaches, nausea, insomnia and dry mouth. In most patients they disappear soon after the treatment is started. Some patients experience decreased appetite or weight gain, vomiting.
The use of Lexapro is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to several cases of serious side effects.
The treatment with Lexapro should be initiated with approval and under control of a doctor. The medicine is a potent antidepressant which improves the chemical balance in the brain. By doing this Lexapro increases the serotonin level making a person feel happier.
The medicine is generally safe and is tolerated well by most patients. However the FDA published and distributed a special warning concerning use of Lexapro in pregnant women.
During post-marketing experience it was discovered that Lexapro can increase the birth defects risk if used in pregnancy. Besides, Lexapro can be responsible for greater risk of autism among babies whose mothers take the medicine during pregnancy.
Lexapro in combination with the medicines which cause sleepiness can cause fatigue, drowsiness. If you use cold or pain medicines, it is necessary to inform your doctor before using Lexapro.
The same refers to all drugs belonging to the group of NSAIDs including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celcoxib, diclofenac, meloxicam, indomethacin and others. Lexapro use with NSAID drugs may increase the chance for easy bleeding and bruising.
Serious drug interactions may occur if Lexapro is used with carbamazepine, cimetidine, lithium, warfarin, other antidepressants, migraine headache medicines.
The use of Lexapro with the mentioned medicines is contraindicated and should be avoided.