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12 Feb 2012 08:06 AM

Escitalopram, the Anti-Depressant Drug


Escitalopram is an antidepressant and is available under brand names Lexapro, Cipralex, Lexamila and many other brand names. The medicine is used for the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders. The medicine results in an increase of serotonin levels as it blocks reabsorption of serotonin in presynaptic neuron. This results in higher amounts of the available serotonin. Serotonin influences the mood.
The side effects of Lexapro are same as that of SSRI’s, serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors. Some common side effects are insomnia, fatigue, and somnolence, constriction of pupils, indigestion, dizziness, sweating, and constipation. Escitalopram affects the sexual functions including lower libido and genital anesthesia. Some additional side effects experienced by pediatric patients are back pain, vomiting as well as nasal congestion. The medicine does not cause any significant weight gain. On the other hand, it helps in the reduction of weight in people undergoing treatment for obesity occurring due to binge eating. When the medicine is discontinued suddenly, it causes withdrawal symptoms like sensations resembling electric shocks, dizziness, irritation, severe depression, bladder control problems, and akathisia. When a patient takes an overdose of the medicine, it results in minor effects like agitation and tachycardia. Some patients may experience dyskinesia and hypertonia.
Patients must take Laxapro once daily. You can take the medicine with food or without it. You must consult a doctor and tell him about all other medicines you are using. Lexapro is a safe as well as an effective medicine for depression for adults as well as adolescents. You must consult a doctor before deciding to stop the medicine or change its dose. You must take the medicine for a time decided by a doctor. Do not use the medicine if you are using monoamine oxidase inhibitor drug like Nardil. Also, avoid using Lexapro if you are taking the antipsychotic drug Orap and Celexa. You must not use the medicine if you are allergic to it. You must inform the doctor if you are taking any other SSRI medicine psychiatric medicine, NSAID pain relievers and diuretics.
You must use Lexapro according to the doctor’s prescription. If you are using the liquid form of the medicine, measure the correct dose with a measuring spoon. Before using Lexapro, you must tell the doctor if you are suffering from bleeding disorders, mania, seizures, kidney, and liver disorders. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding must consult a doctor before using the medicine. Lexapro is a part of treatment program that involves psychological measures and educational and social aspects. The medicine can have negative effects on some activities. So, be careful while driving and operating machinery. You must not drink alcohol with Lexapro.
Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms of rare and serious side effects like high fever, shaking, confusion, and changing of heart rate as well as blood pressure. Immediately call the doctor if you feel any worsening effects like mood changes, anxiety, and problem in sleeping, impulsiveness, irritability, panic attacks, aggressiveness, restlessness, hyperactivity, and suicidal tendencies. You must not buy the medicine online as the medicines sold on the internet contain ingredients that can be dangerous.
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