What is Lexapro Medication Used For?

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Lexapro is a medication that is commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression. There have been some side effects associated with the use of this medication.

Identification

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is prescribed for the treatment of acute treatment of major depressive disorders. It may also be used as a maintenance medication for these disorders. Lexapro has been approved for use in adults and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17.

Benefits

Lexapro helps control the symptoms of major depressive disorders with one 10mg tablet each day. Patients using Lexapro show significant improvement of symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Effects

In clinical trials, the most common side effects of taking Lexapro in adults were nausea, difficulty sleeping, ejaculatory delay, drowsiness, excessive sweating, fatigue, anorgasmia and decreased libido. In children, the most common side effects were nasal congestion, vomiting and urinary tract infection.

Effects

Until you know how this medication will affect you, avoid doing any task that requires total alertness such as driving or operating machinery. Do not drink alcohol while taking Lexapro. Call your doctor if you experience fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, changes in heart rate or blood pressure, as these may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Warning

You should not take Lexapro if you are taking an MAOI inhibitor, the anti-psychotic medicine Orap, have had an allergic reaction to Lexapro or are taking Celexa. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of seizure disorders, mania, liver or kidney problems, and bleeding disorders. Tell your doctor about any other medication you are taking including NSAID's, blood thinners or diuretics.

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