Escitalopram Tablets (Generic Lexapro)
Escitalopram is an inexpensive medicine used to treat depression and anxiety. This drug (oral tablets) is a prescription medication that is also available as the brand-name drug Lexapro. It belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Escitalopram works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. This substance helps maintain mental balance and may improve your energy level and feelings of well-being as well as decrease nervousness.
The dose of escitalopram is different for diverse patients and is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. You must carefully follow your physician's orders or the directions on the label before you start taking escitalopram and each time you get a refill. Do not increase your dosage or use this drug more frequent or longer than prescribed. If you have any questions, ask your physician.
Forms and Strength
Form: Oral tablet, film coated; Strengths: 20 mg.
Trouble sleeping, nausea, anxiousness, tiredness, dizziness, shaking, drowsiness, increased sweating, dry mouth, constipation, sexual problems, infection.
If any of these effects occur, tell your physician promptly.
Get medical help right away if you have any very Serious Side Effects, such as: fast and/or irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, fainting, swelling of your face, tongue, eyes, or mouth, vomit, rash, itchy hives, or blisters (alone or with fever or joint pain), blood stools, convulsions, vision changes, eye pain, widened pupils.
This medication can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Escitalopram may increase serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome, which symptoms can include: hallucinations, agitation, changes in mental status, coma, racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure, coordination problems, muscle twitching, muscle rigidity, sweating, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This risk increases when you are combining escitalopram with other medicines that increase serotonin. Get medical help right away if you develop some of the abovementioned symptoms.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without consulting first with your physician. This may decrease the possibility of having withdrawal symptoms, such as: increased anxiety, confusion, headache, irritability, nausea, trouble sleeping, unusual tiredness, weakness, dizziness, tingling or/and burning feelings. Your physician may recommend you to gradually reduce the amount of the medicine you are taking before stopping it completely.