Lexapro is a medicine that belongs to the group of drugs of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, also known as SSRI’s. The drug is very efficient for the treatment of major depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Lexapro acts by affecting the brain chemicals, which can be imbalanced in people with anxiety and depressive disorder. It is also advisable for the treatment of adults fighting chronic depression. FDA approved the use of the drug in children older than 12. The generic version of this drug is called Escitalopram.
Children aged 12-17 years can undergo the treatment with Lexapro. Actually, even patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder for 6 months or more can benefit from this drug. Probably, this medicine is also effective in the treatment of symptoms related to the premenstrual syndrome. Depression is a horrible mental disease. Therefore, its treatment takes much time.
Lexapro is available in the following dosages: 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg. Each compressed pill is round, membrane-coated and contains equivalent amount of the active substance in the dosage indicated. Some of the inactive components are: talc, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium and microcrystalline cellulose.
Lexapro is sold in the form of oral solution. The inactive components of this formulation are: glycerin, sorbitol, propylene glycol propylparaben, sodium citrate, malic acid and citric acid. The prescription medicine must be taken according to the doctor’s recommendations, without changing the dosage.
The average dosage for the treatment of depression is 10mg. However, according to the clinical researches, Escitalopram 20mg pill is efficient in the patients with very severe depression.
Usually, Lexapro is well-tolerated. You should increase the dosage to 20 mg after three weeks of treatment. After that, gradually reduce the dosage to 10 mg a day. The dosage for teens and adults is almost equal.
Lexapro can cause some adverse effects. If any of them persists or seems very serious, you should consult the doctor. Some of the most common adverse effects are:
- Dryness in the mouth
- Lack of libido
- Reduced sexual desire
- Sleeping disorder
- Lack of appetite
- Breathing problems
- Blurred vision
- Behavioral changes
The use of antidepressant must be avoided, as it may lead to certain changes in mental activity. Therefore, you should follow certain precautions.
Teens may suffer from suicidal thoughts or tendencies, and therefore they must be continuously monitored for abrupt mood swings and behavioral changes.
Lexapro can interact with other drug. Therefore, you should inform your doctor about other drugs you’re taking.
Take some time before starting the treatment if you have recently used pimozide, methylene blue injections or MAO inhibitors.
The medicine must not be used by the children less than 12 years old, pregnant and lactating women.