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Chemical Name: Escitalopram (ess-sye-TAL-oh-pram)
Lexapro is used to treat depression. Lexapro is in a class of antidepressants (mood elevators) called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from light and moisture. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Do not use LEXAPRO if you are using an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam).
Before taking this medicine, tell your physician if you:
- have allergies to any drugs
- are taking prescription, nonprescription or herbal medications
- have liver or kidney disease
- have seizures or epilepsy
- experience bipolar disorder or manic depression
- have a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts
The following may occur while taking this medication:
- upset stomach
- changes in sex drive or ability
- increased sweating
- stomach pain
- excessive tiredness
- dry mouth
- increased appetite
- flu like symptoms
- runny nose and sneezing
- LEXAPRO may cause you to feel drowsy, less alert, and may affect your judgment
- thoughts about suicide when you first start taking an antidepressant are possible
- there is a possibility of worsening symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several weeks of treatment (if this is the case, tell your doctor)
- there is a possibility of mood changes
- make regular physician visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment with LEXAPRO
- antidepressants may cause serious or life-threatening lung problems in newborn babies
- do not stop taking LEXAPRO without first talking to your physician
- do not give LEXAPRO to anyone younger than 12 years old without the advice of a physician
- avoid taking tryptophan while you are taking LEXAPRO
- avoid consuming alcohol while taking LEXAPRO as it can increase certain side effects
- do not suddenly stop taking LEXAPRO without consulting your physician
Product Code: 2442
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.