The antidepressant Lexapro is a member
of the family of medications known as selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro offer
advantages in the treatment of depression
and generalized anxiety disorder.
Lexapro comes as a tablet and a liquid
taken by mouth. It is usually taken once daily and may be
taken with or without food. Take Lexapro
exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take
it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to
take Lexapro even if you feel well. Do
not stop taking Lexapro without talking
to your doctor. This drug must be taken regularly for a
few weeks before its full effect is felt.
Before taking Lexapro, tell your doctor
if you have liver disease, have kidney disease, suffer from
seizures, or suffer from mania or have suicidal thoughts.
You may not be able to take Lexapro, or
you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring
during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed
above. Lexapro should not be taken during
treatment with citalopram (Celexa). Also, if you have had
an allergic reaction to citalopram (Celexa), you may also
have an allergic reaction to Lexapro. Do
not take Lexapro without first talking
to your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to either
medication in the past. Lexapro is in the
FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known
whether Lexapro it will be harmful to an
unborn baby. Do not take Lexapro without
first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could
become pregnant during treatment. Lexapro
passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant.
Do not take Lexapro without first talking
to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects
If you experience any of the following serious
side effects, stop taking Lexapro
and call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical
treatment: -an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or
face; or hives); -an irregular heartbeat or pulse; -low
blood pressure (dizziness, weakness); -high blood pressure
(severe headache, blurred vision); or -chills or fever.
If you experience any of the following less serious
side effects, continue taking Lexapro
and talk to your doctor: -headache, tremor, nervousness,
or anxiety; -nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in
appetite or weight; -sleepiness or insomnia; or -decreased
sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Side effects other than those listed here
may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side
effect that seems unusual or that is especially
Store Lexapro at room temperature away
from moisture and heat.
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of a Lexapro
overdose include nausea, vomiting, tremor, drowsiness, dizziness,
sweating, and a fast heartbeat.
Do not take Lexapro if you: -Take any
form of medication known as "nitrates" (type of medicine
used to relieve chest pain that can occur as a result of
heart disease). -Take medicines called "alpha-blockers"(sometimes
prescribed for prostate problems or high blood pressure).
Taking Lexapro with alpha-blockers may
drop your blood pressure to an unsafe level. -Your doctor
determines that sexual activity poses a health risk for
you. You have a known sensitivity or allergy to any component
of Lexapro. The use of Lexapro
offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
Counseling of patients about protective measures necessary
to guard against sexually transmitted diseases, including
the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), should be considered.
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