Lexapro

Lexapro is an effective antidepressant that treats depression and certain mood conditions.

Drug usage

Belong to a group of medicines known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Lexapro brings in changes in the chemicals in the brain that causes depression.

How taken

Lexapro has to be taken with a full glass of water every day. Once the medicine is prescribed for your mood changes, follow strictly the prescription. Never take more of the doses or take Lexapro for a prolonged time unless told by the physician. Always use the medicine at the same time every day if you want good results. Once you have started taking Lexapro, it should not be given up unless your doctor has recommended it. If stopped in the middle of a dosage, you may come across many complications.

Missed dose/overdose

The rule is not to miss any dosage. But if you have forgotten a dose, have it once you come to know about it. In case the time for your regular dosage is so near, then skip the missed one and continue with the remaining doses. Coming to overdose, you should have to seek immediate medical attention. Vomiting, nausea, tremor, sweating, confusion, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and seizures are some of the Lexapro overdose symptoms.

More Information

The doctor will be able to prescribe the right dosage only if he knows about your overall health condition. Therefore, tell the doctor about all your allergies. Inform the physician about all your health related problems such as heart problems, liver diseases, kidney problems, bipolar disorder and seizures. You should also tell the doctor if you have a history of suicidal thoughts.

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, never use Lexapro. The drug is rated FDA pregnancy category C, which means it can cause harm to the unborn and the newborn babe. But pregnant women and those hoping to get pregnant soon, who are already using Lexapro should not stop the drug without consulting the doctor.

Lexapro medicine is not prescribed for children below 12 years of age.

Warnings

Lexapro should not be used if you are using any Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline and tranylcypromine. Lexrapro can be taken only 14 days after stopping the MAOI and if you have to use any of the MAOI drugs, you can take it only 2 weeks after stopping Lexapro.

While on Lexapro medication, you should be under the constant watch of the physician for the first weeks as the drug is known to bring in suicidal thoughts in you.

Alcohol should also be avoided as it only alters the thinking and also increases the risk of side effects. Never drive or do any hard work after taking Lexapro as the drug may cause dizziness or light-headedness.

Side effects

As like all antidepressant drugs, Lexapro also comes with many side effects. You should have to stop Lexapro and contact the doctor without any delay if you comes across any serious side effects such as mood changes, panic attacks, sleeping problems, impulsive or aggressive feeling, restlessness, stiff muscles, sweating, high fever, uneven heartbeats, nausea, diarrhoea, appetite loss, trouble concentrating, hallucinations and seizure.