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What is Lexapro? 


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Lexapro is an antidepressant which can affect the chemicals in brain which have become unbalanced and can cause depression or anxiety. It can be used for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorder in adults. It should be used by children more than 12 years of age.

Important information about Lexapro

You should not take Lexapro if you are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline and selegiline. You should wait for 14 days to start MAOI after you have stopped taking Lexapro. There might be thoughts of suicide when you take antidepressant. You should contact your doctor if you have some symptoms of behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or feelings of irritation, agitation, aggressive and restless.

There can be some serious problems of lungs in new born babies if mothers take this medication during pregnancy. You can stop taking Lexapro if you are a pregnant woman before talking to your doctor.

Before taking Lexapro

You should not use Lexapro if you are using MAO inhibitor as there can be serious and fatal side effects occur if you take these medicines with Lexapro. There should be at least 14 days duration after stopping and MAO inhibitor. You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or if you have kidney problem, seizure, bipolar disorder or liver disease.

How should I take Lexapro?

Lexapro should be taken as it is prescribed. Larger amounts of this medication should not be taken. There can be some change in the dose for the best results. This medication should be taken with full glass of water. You should take this medication at the same time each day.

You should be sure to take the correct dose of liquid Lexapro. You should not stop taking this medication without instructions of your doctor as there can be some side effects if you have stooped taking this medicine suddenly. This medication should be stored at room temperature.

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take missed dose when you remember it. You should skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next dose. You should not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happen if I overdose?

You should get emergency help in case you have taken overdose. There can be symptoms of overdose like nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremor, rapid heartbeat, seizure and coma.

What should I avoid taking Lexapro?

If you are taking medicines for pain, fever, arthritis or swelling then you should talk to your doctor as there can be bruise if you take these medicines with the Lexapro. You should not drink alcohol as it can cause some serious side effects. It can impair your thinking as well. You should also tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines that make you sleepy before taking Lexapro.

Lexapro Side Effects

If you are allergic to this medication or if you have hives, skin rash, difficulty breathing, swelling up of fact, lips or tongue then you should get emergency medical help. If there is high fever, sweating, nausea, vomiting, uneven heartbeat, headache, diarrhea, memory problems, fainting or seizure problems then you should contact your doctor. There can be some less serious side effects of the Lexapro as well like stomach upset, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, constipation, impotence or difficulty having an orgasm.

What other drugs will affect Lexapro?

If you are using carbamazepine, cimetidine, lithium, antidepressants then you should tell your doctor before taking Lexapro. This medication should be taken as it is prescribed for you.

You can get complete information about the Lexapro from your pharmacist.