Lexapro (Escitalopram) belongs to a group of drugs called selective serontin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Escitalopram affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression and anxiety. It is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. The recommended starting dose is 10mg per day, which is also the maintenance dose for many patients.
We currently have the brand Cipralex from Canada and Turkey manufactured by Lundbeck. The generic Escitalopram is also known as Marcan-Escitalopram manufactured by Marcan Pharma in Canada. We also carry the generic S Citadep is manufactured in India by Cipla. Lexapro comes in tablet, rapid melt tablet, oral solution form, and strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 10 mg/ml.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
• Headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, confusion, fainting, hallucinations,
seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops;
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of coordination;
• Unusual risk-taking behaviour, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;
• Very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling dizzy
Common Lexapro side effects may include:
• Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
• Feeling tired and drowsy;
• Increased sweating;
• Nausea, gas, heartburn, upset stomach, constipation;
• Trouble falling asleep (insomnia);
• Changes in weight
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to escitalopram, citalopram, or any ingredients of the medication. It is known that the medication citalopram, which is similar to escitalopram, passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking escitalopram, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor to see if you should continue breast-feeding. There may be an interaction between escitalopram and other medications such as: alcohol, fluconazole, itraconazole, lithium, omeprazole, pimozide, quinine, tetrabenazine, tramadol, warfarin, etc. Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medications.
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