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Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription medication licensed to treat certain conditions within the brain. Healthcare providers may prescribe Lexapro for depression, as well as for generalized anxiety disorder.
As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, this drug helps to block the reuptake of serotonin (a certain brain chemical). When the levels of serotonin become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Rebalancing serotonin levels can help improve depression symptoms and prevent relapses.
Before you begin using Lexapro for depression or generalized anxiety disorder, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or have liver disease, diabetes, or bipolar disorder (or a family history of bipolar disorder).
(Click Lexapro to learn more about the effects of this medication, suggestions on when and how to take it, and what side effects may occur with its use.)
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