An antidepressant used in cases of deep depression, panic disorders, social anxiety disorders, anxiety disorders. The mechanism of its action is based on the ability to selectively block the reuptake of serotonin by the presynaptic membrane of the neurons of the brain. Consequently, its serotonergic effect in the central nervous system that is responsible for the development of antidepressant effect, increases, which determines the effectiveness in the treatment of panic and social anxiety disorder.
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Lexapro Product Description
Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which inhibits the reuptake process (brain neurotransmitter), and increases a serotonin level in the brain. Lexapro provides sedative and antianxiety effects and reduces the risk of depression and depression-associated symptoms.
Antidepressant Lexapro is prescribed to adults and elderly patients for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (including panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, social phobia), and unipolar depression.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that Lexapro is characterized by a high safety profile, making this antidepressant appropriate for the treatment of major depressive disorder in teenagers aged above 12 years. For treatment of depression and panic disorder, the adults and adolescents are prescribed with one 10mg Lexapro tablet, once a day. Upon the insignificant antidepressant effect is achieved, the daily dose of Lexapro can be increased up to 20mg.
If you missed your daily dose of Lexapro, you may take it as soon as possible in case it is not almost time for the next dose of this antidepressant. In the event that the time for the next dose of Lexapro is close, do not use the double dose. Just skip the missed tablet and go back to your prescribed dosage.
Usually, the antidepressant effect is observed within 2-4 weeks after the beginning of the systematic use of Lexapro. Upon the depression symptoms are disappeared, the patient should continue treatment for 6 months to maintain the achieved effect.
The treatment of panic disorder can last from 4 to 6 months. The elderly patients (65 years and above) are recommended to use half of the daily dose of Lexapro for adults to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
It is recommended to store Lexapro tablets in a dry warm place at room temperature not above 25°C.
Lexapro Safety Information
Upon the antidepressant application is discontinued, withdrawal syndrome may develop, observed as the following symptoms: headaches, strong nervous excitement and tachycardia. To reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the patients are recommended to reduce gradually the dosage of Lexapro. In case of the long-term antidepressant therapy, it may develop serotonin syndrome, observed as autonomic dysfunction, neuromuscular disorders and altered mental status. The use of Lexapro should be discontinued at the first symptoms of serotonin syndrome.
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Lexapro Side Effects
Unwanted effects, which Lexapro may cause, usually appear within the first few weeks; they are characterized by mild to moderate severity, and pass during the therapy with the antidepressant.
Usually unwanted effects do not result in withdrawal of treatment with Lexapro.
Less than 1% of all cases of Lexapro withdrawals has been reported to be caused by insomnia, nausea and fatigue. The most typical Lexapro-associated side effect is headache. Other Lexapro side effects such as decreased libido, ejaculation disorder, somnolence, increased sweating and anorgasmia are reported to appear in about 5% of cases during therapy with the antidepressant.