Lexapro (escitalopram): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant and it belongs to the class of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). it mainly used to treat depression and anxiety.

Information about Lexapro:

If the patient has been treated with methylene blue injection. A very dangerous interaction occurs when the MAO inhibitor is ingested along with this drug.

Some of the young people have the thoughts of suicide, when it took firstly, your family and caretakers should have to take care of the mood symptoms of the patients. Mood or behavioral changes such as anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, restlessness, hyperactivity, or suicidal thoughts.

Lexapro Dosage:

Initial treatment

It is about 10mg of drug to be taken once in a daily, maximum dose is up to 40mg/day

Adult dose

It is about 10mg of drug to be taken once in a daily, maximum dose is up to 40mg/day

Geriatric dose:

20mg per day orally, the maximum dose of the 40mg per day, the maintenance dose is about 20-40mg per day.

Anxiety disorder:

Adult

It is about 10mg of drug to be taken once in a daily, maximum dose is up to 40mg/day

Treatment of pregnant:

Neonates are exposed to Lexapro have developed complications which require prolonged hospitalization.

Maintenance treatment:

The depression requires several months’ pharmacological therapy. In one study, patients were subjected randomly to the dose of Lexapro (20-60mg) to be taken per day.

MOI inhibitors to treat psychiatric disorders:

At least 14days between discontinuation of a MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders and initiation of therapy with Lexapro

In pregnancy,  breastfeeding:

Neonates exposed to SSRI’s late in the third trimester have uncommonly reported clinical findings including respiratory diseases, temperature instability, vomiting, hypoglycemia, tremors, hyperreflexia, Brest fed infants should be monitored for drowsiness

Lexapro overdose:

Seek medical emergency for the overdose and the symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Cough
  • Fast breathing

Lexapro Side effects:

Severity: major

Less common

  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble breathing
  • Skin rash
  • Loss of memory

Rare:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased thirst
  • Lack of energy
  • Lethargy
  • Painful urination
  • Weight gain

Severity: minor

More common

  • Decrease libido (sexual desires)
  • Insomnia

Less common

  • Gas
  • Increased sweating
  • Loss of voice
  • Pain in muscle
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Tooth grinding
  • Watering of mouth

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