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Lexapro® is the brand name for the drug Escitalopram. It is used to treat depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) which is a feeling of excessive worry and tension lasting 6 or more months that disrupts a persons’ daily life.
Lexapro is an anti-depressant that is in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI’s) class of medications. It increases the amount of serotonin in the brain which is necessary to maintain a healthy mental and emotional balance. Lexapro comes in either liquid or tablet form with the effects being felt between 1-4 weeks.
Lexapro may cause side effects. Anyone taking Lexapro should consult their health care provider if they experience any of the following that does not go away:
Serious side effects that necessitate an immediate visit to your health care provider or the emergency room are:
Patients who are using or considering using Lexapro should be aware of the following:
As with any medication, do not take Lexapro without a prescription and a discussion with your health care provider to see if it is the best medication for you.
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