Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant medicine belongs to the Group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS). Escitalopram works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may be out of balance in people who are experiencing depression or anxiety.
Lexapro is used for treating anxiety in adults. Lexapro is also used to treat major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents 12 years of age.
Lexapro may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Lexapro
Patients should not use this medication if the patient also are using pimozide, or if the patient is being treated with injection of methylene blue.
Do not use this medication if the patient has been using MAO inhibitor within 14 days. A dangerous drug interactions may occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and.
MAO is the abbreviation of Monoamine Oxidase, an enzyme that metabolizes responsible neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine epinefrin (NE). Remedy the MAOI of this can only be obtained with a prescription, usually used for the therapy of depression, but there is one drug that is selegelin used for Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
Some people occasionally have suicidal thoughts for the first time using an antidepressant. The patient’s treating physician will need to check the progress of the Patients on routine visits when Patients use Lexapro. Family or anyone close to the Patients should also be alert to changes in the patient’s mood or particular symptoms while using this medication.
Do not give this medication to anyone who is still aged under 12 years.
Things to be aware of before using this medicine
Buy this medication from online stores on the Internet is a dangerous drug that is distributed through sales on the Internet may contain hazardous materials, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy. Sample of escitalopram is purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), a powerful antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects.
Patients should not use Lexaproif if the patient has an allergy to escitalopram or citalopram (Celexa), or if the patient is under the following circumstances:
Patients also are using pimozide; or
Patients being treated with injection of methylene blue.
Do not use this medication if the patient has been using MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days because it was feared would happen a dangerous drug interactions. The MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and. After Patients stop using Lexapro, the patient must wait at least 14 days before the patient began using the MAOI.
To ensure secure Lexapro for patients, tell the doctor if the patient has a condition as follows:
liver or kidney disease;
seizures or epilepsy;
bipolar disorder (manic depression); or
a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.
Some people sometimes have thoughts about suicide when first using antidepressants. The doctor will need to check the progress of patients on routine visits when Patients use Lexapro. Family or anyone close to the Patients should also be alert to changes in the patient’s mood or symptoms caused while using this medication.
Using SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy can cause serious lung problems or other complications in infants. However, patients may experience a recurrence of depression if Patients stop taking antidepressants. Consult the doctor immediately if the patient is pregnant while using this drug. Do not start or stop taking this medication without a doctor’s advice during pregnancy.
Escitalopram can get into breast milk and may harm a baby. Consult physician if the patient were in lactation.
Lexapro should not be given to children under the age of 12 years.