Lexapro is a brand name of the medication Escitalopram used to manage the symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adult patients and in children over 12 years of old. The other medical purpose of the drug is the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.
The medication was approved by FDA as safe and effective against depressive disorders.
Escitalopram belongs to the drug class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Escitalopram is highly selective with serotonin reuptake inhibition, it acts by affecting chemicals in the human brain which get out of balance and thus cause depression and other mental disorders.
The medication should be used only with your doctor’s prescription to avoid side effects and dangerous conditions that Escitalopram may cause.
Major depressive disorder treatment
Lexapro used to treat MDD can be administered to adult and adolescent patients older than 12 years.
The MDD episodes are persistent practically 2 weeks, characterized by inability to work, make everyday activities. The condition is associated with the following symptoms: depressed low mood, meaningful weight changes, loss of appetite or overeating, loss of interest in usual activities and pleasures, insomnia or sleeping too much, fatigue, problems with concentration, thinking, attempts of suicide or thoughts about suicide.
Generalized anxiety disorder treatment
Lexapro is used to manage generalized anxiety disorder in adults. Its effectiveness is proved by special clinical studies. This condition is associated with the following symptoms: excessive anxiety, worry which are constant for more than 6 months, fatigue, problematic concentration, irritability, muscle tension, insomnia, and restlessness. A sufferer cannot control his feelings or doings and needs medical help.
Lexapro can really help to improve your situation, but it is necessary to know some urgent things about this medication to be sure how to use it safely and effectively. Lexapro like any other SSRI antidepressants should not be used with MAOI or monoamine oxidase inhibitors including furazolidone, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline and others. Lexapro therapy may be initiated only after 2 weeks period of stopping MAOI.
Lexapro like any other antidepressant may cause thoughts about suicide in the beginning of the treatment especially in patients under 24 years of old. If necessary your doctor may regularly consult you and check your condition. Sometimes help of the relatives or caregivers is required to be sure that a patient is stable on the therapy and the medication does not produce any unpleasant or dangerous side effects.
In case a patient thinks that his/her condition is getting worse or he/she experiences the following symptoms: irritation, hyperactivity, hostile or aggressive behavior, thoughts about suicide and others, he/she should immediately call a doctor.