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Lexapro is also known generically as Escitalopram and is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) used to treat depression and anxiety. Escitalopram helps restore the chemical balance in the brain and restores natural levels of serotonin to improve energy levels. This will also improve the your over all feeling of well being and reduce nervousness.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Lexapro orally once a day. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Lexapro at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication 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.
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. 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 for Lexapro are: 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 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.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Lexapro?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: This medication can take up to two weeks to have a pronounced effect.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. This drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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