Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is an antidepressant medication used to treat a few conditions of the brain. This medication is only available with a prescription; there is no version of it available "over the counter" (OTC). Lexapro is approved 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) medication, 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 do not experience problems with this medication, 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. 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).
(Click Lexapro for more information on how prescription Lexapro can be beneficial in treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)