Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription antidepressant medication used to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
As an antidepressant, Lexapro works by helping to block the reuptake of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. This medication is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Several clinical studies have shown Lexapro to be effective at treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Also, a long-term study has shown that it can help prevent depression relapse.
Although most people do not experience problems with this antidepressant, Lexapro can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include headaches, insomnia, and nausea.
Lexapro comes in the form of a tablet and a liquid, and is typically taken once a day. The tablets are available in three strengths:
- Lexapro 5 mg
- Lexapro 10 mg
- Lexapro 20 mg.
The liquid form of Lexapro is available in one strength: Lexapro® Oral Solution 5 mg per 5 mL (equal to 5 mg per teaspoonful).
(Click Lexapro for a more in-depth look at using this antidepressant for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. This article also discusses how Lexapro works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)