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What is Lexapro?

Lexapro and Cipralex are the common brand names for the medications containing Escitalopram. It is an antidepressant that belongs to the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) class. This medication can be used for treating both anxiety and depression at the same time. Patients are also given this medication when they feel excessively nervous as it decreases nervousness and induces a feeling of wellbeing and confidence.

Lexapro was introduced in the US market in 2002 and since then it has made its spot among the 20 most prescribed medications in the US. Every year there are around 26-30 million prescriptions of this medication the US alone.

Many people suffering from anxiety and depression self-medicate with this medication. We recommend that patients should consult a doctor or health expert before consuming this medication to avoid overdose or side effects.

How To Consume Lexapro?

Lexapro is available as tablets that doctors usually recommend to take once daily. Patients are prescribed one single daily dose which they need to take either early in the morning or in the evening. Never break, chew, or crush these tablets for consumption as it tends to absorb in the blood faster and cause side effects and uncomfortable feelings.

What Are Side Effects of Lexapro?

Doctors usually need to weigh the benefits and side effects of this medication before prescribing it. So trust your doctor and try to follow the directions provided for using this medication. Any mismanagement and an overdose can cause side effects. Just make sure you note and discuss side effects with your doctor whenever possible.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Lexapro are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • Severe constipation
  • Bloody stool
  • Fainting
  • Blurred or loss of vision
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizure