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What is Lexapro used for?
Lexapro is a medication is 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 every day 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 (Escitalopram) online at My Drug Center. We have the Escitalopram generic available on our website as well.
How does Lexapro work?
Lexapro is an antidepressant that belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (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 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.
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.
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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