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Known as Cipralex internationally


What is Lexapro used for?

Lexapro is a medication commonly prescribed to treat major depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). These disorders are linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive or exaggerated worry about everyday events. In addition to feelings of anxiety, irritability, and restlessness, anxiety disorders may also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, muscle tension, and trembling.

You can buy Lexapro online at My Drug Center. We have the generic Lexapro and Escitalopram available on our website as well. Lexapro is known internationally as Cipralex.


How does Lexapro work?

Lexapro is an antidepressant that belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It is an oral medication that contains the active ingredient Escitalopram. The Escitalopram dosage in the drug works by boosting levels of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps maintain mental balance. As a result, it can alleviate symptoms of the generalized disorder, such as restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. It can also ease the symptoms of depression, such as loss of interest in activities, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and lack of concentration.

Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions provided by your pharmacist. Take your prescribed Lexapro dosage orally once a day. This medication can be administered with or without a meal. Make sure you take this medication at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of Escitalopram dosage in your system. 

For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 

Your doctor may have you start on a lower dose and gradually increase your dose to avoid experiencing any side effects of Escitalopram.


This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Lexapro or the Escitalopram generic. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to history of bipolar, history of suicide attempts, liver disease, seizures, intestinal/stomach bleeding, bleeding problems, low sodium, and history of glaucoma. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Lexapro.

You may experience irregular heart rhythm (QT prolongation) while taking Lexapro. Risk of QT prolongation is increased with salt deficiencies and use of diuretics can also increase this risk. 

While taking Lexapro you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Lexapro.

Side Effects

Some Lexapro side effects include:

Drowsiness, dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), nausea, upset stomach, gas, heartburn, constipation, weight changes, dry mouth, yawning, ringing in the ears, decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

If any side effects of Escitalopram become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is a medication given to treat depression and anxiety. It works by restoring a natural substance within your brain and improving your energy levels and feelings of well-being, and decreasing your feelings of nervousness.


How long does Lexapro take to work?

The first improvements in sleeping, appetite and energy levels may show within the first 1 to 2 weeks.  However, depressed mood and lack of interest may need up to 6 to 8 weeks to fully improve.


When to take Lexapro?

Most people are prescribed to take this medication once a day and it can be either in the day or the evening.  With or without food. Unless directed to do so otherwise by your doctor.


How long does Lexapro stay in your system?

This medication can approximately stay in your system for about a week.


What are the side effects of Lexapro?

Some of the most common side effects to Lexapro are as follows; dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, sweating, feeling shaky or anxious, insomnia, dry mouth, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, yawning, weight changes, decreased sex drive, impotence, and difficulties in having an orgasm.  Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Lexapro, consult with your doctor.

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