Lexapro (escitalopram): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Lexapro (escitalopram) belongs to the class of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). It generally used to treat depression, anxiety and etc. Hence, it is known as anti-depressant.

Information about Lexapro:

This medicine should be used as exactly how the doctor has prescribed and it is must for the patient to follow the directions written on the prescription label. It should not be used in small or large doses and also not for longer duration than prescribed. This medicine should be taken for only 4-8 weeks and if any extension is required then consult your doctor.

Do not crush or chew the tablets or capsules. Do not swallow the tablets or capsules rather consume it with a full glass of water.

If the patient has been treated with methylene blue injection, then if this medicine should not be conusmed. If done so then a very dangerous drug  interaction occurs when the MAO inhibitor is ingested.

In some rare cases, young people have the thoughts of suicide, when they are taking this medicine for the first time. If the patient experiences mood or behavioral changes such as anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, restlessness, hyperactivity, or suicidal thoughts, then consult your doctor immediately.

Lexapro Dosage:

Initial treatment

The minimum dosage is about 10mg  to be taken once in a daily and the maximum dose may be up to 40mg/day

Adult dose

The dose is about 10mg can be taken once in a day and the maximum dose can be given up to 40mg/day

Geriatric dose:

This dose can be given upto 20mg per day orally, the maximum dose can be given about  40mg per day and the maintenance dose is about 20-40mg per day.

For Anxiety disorder:


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

Treatment for pregnant ladies:

It is reported by many users that Neonates are exposed to Lexapro have developed complications which require prolonged hospitalization.

Maintenance treatment:

The patient suffering from 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 of gap between discontinuation of a MAOI is required to treat psychiatric disorders and thereby initiation of therapy with Lexapro can be continued.

For Pregnancy and Breastfeeding ladies:

Neonates exposed to SSRI’s late in the third trimester had commonly reported some problems like respiratory diseases, temperature instability, vomiting, hypoglycemia, tremors, hyperreflexia and the breast fed infants should be monitored for drowsiness. Hence, it is recommended to use this drug if necessary or else consult your doctor.

Lexapro overdose:

Seek medical emergency if following symptoms of overdose are seen in the patient 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


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

Severity: minor

More common

  • Decrease libido (decrease in 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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