Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of various conditions of the brain. Specifically, it is licensed to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
There are several different forms and strengths available for Lexapro: oral solution and tablets. The medicine is typically taken once a day, either at bedtime (if you experience drowsiness) or in the morning (if you experience insomnia).
Lexapro belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It works by balancing the levels of serotonin, a chemical that can become unbalanced in people with depression. Several clinical studies have shown both oral Lexapro and the tablets to be effective at treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Also, a long-term study has shown that it can help prevent relapse.
(Click Lexapro for more information on when and how to take Lexapro oral solution and tablets, what side effects may occur, and to learn more about how this antidepressant works.)