Lexapro Drug Information
A healthcare provider may prescribe Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug, Lexapro works by helping to block the reuptake of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. 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 tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Lexapro, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
Lexapro comes in the form of a tablet and a liquid, and is typically taken once a day. Lexapro 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).
For more Lexapro drug information, talk to your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
(Click Lexapro for a more in-depth look at important Lexapro drug information, including how this medication works and detailed information on its effects, potential side effects, and general precautions.)