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Lexapro

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Lexapro is prescribed in the treatment of patients who are suffering from depression.
Lexapro is able to affect some of the substances that can be found in the patient's brain, and that are known to sometimes become unbalanced (thus, a depression is initiated).
Lexapro belongs to a wide class of medicines that are generally known under the name of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Lexapro is prescribed for major depression--a persistently low mood that interferes with daily functioning. To be considered major, depression must occur nearly every day for at least two weeks, and must include at least five of the following symptoms: low mood, loss of interest in usual activities, significant change in weight or appetite, change in sleep patterns, agitation or lethargy, fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, slowed thinking or lack of concentration, and thoughts of suicide.

Lexapro is also prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by excessive worry and anxiety that is hard to control and interferes with daily life. To be diagnosed with this disorder, your symptoms must have lasted at least 6 months and you must have at least three of the following: restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.

Lexapro works by boosting levels of serotonin, one of the chief chemical messengers in the brain. The drug is a close chemical cousin of the antidepressant medication Celexa. Other antidepressants that work by raising serotonin levels include Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft.

Contraindications

Lexapro is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Mania;
- Seizures;
- Suicidal thoughts;

Interactions

Do not take Lexapro with any of the following drugs:
- Tranylcypromine or Parnate;
- Phenelzine or Nardil;
- Lithium;
- Isocarboxazid or Marplan;
- Asthma medicines such as Zafirlukast;
- Antidepressants;
- An antifungal drug;
- An antibiotic;
- Astomach drug;
- Aseizure drug;
- Amigraine drug;

Side Effects

Lexapro side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- An irregular pulse or heartbeat;
- Changes in weight or appetite;
- Chills or fever;
- Closing of the throat;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Headache, nervousness, tremor, or anxiety;
- High blood pressure;
- Hives;
- Impotence, decreased sex drive, or difficulty having an orgasm;
- Insomnia or sleepiness;
- Low blood pressure;
- Nausea, dry mouth, diarrhea;
- Swelling of the face, lips or tongue;

Lexapro side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Sweating;
- Sleepiness;
- Sinusitis;
- Runny Nose;
- Nausea;
- Insomnia;
- Indigestion;
- Impotence;
- Headache;
- Flu-Like Symptoms;
- Fatigue;
- Ejaculation Disorder;
- Dry Mouth;
- Dizziness;
- Diarrhea;
- Decreased Sex Drive;
- Decreased Appetite;
- Constipation;

Overdose

Reported Lexapro overdose symptoms are:
- A fast heartbeat;
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- Nausea;
- Sweating;
- Tremor;
- Vomiting;

Other Brand Names

In some countries Lexapro may also be known as:
- Aramix;
- Celtium;
- Cipralex;
- Citalax;
- Ectiban;
- Entact;
- Esertia;
- Ipran;
- Lextor;
- Meridian;
- Neozentius;
- Sipralexa;
- Zepaz;

Dosage.

ADULTS

The recommended dose of Lexapro tablets or oral solution is 10 mg once a day. If necessary, the doctor may increase the dose to 20 mg after a minimum of 1 week, but the higher dose is not recommended for most older adults and people with liver problems.
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