Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is used to treat depression in adults and children over the age of 12. Lexapro can also be used to treat anxiety disorders. This drug is available only with a prescription.
Lexapro should never be taken with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Azilect, Nardil, Marplan, Parnate, or Eldepryl. Do not take Lexapro for at least two weeks after taking a MAOI. Also, after taking Lexapro, wait for two weeks before beginning use of a MAOI. Lexapro does not react well with ibuprofen, aspirin, and NSAIDs such as indomethacin and etodolac. The combination of Lexapro and any of these drugs may cause bruising and/or bleeding problems.
Lexapro may cause or increase thoughts of suicide. Because of this risk, the doctor will need to closely monitor the patient, particularly if he or she is less than 24 years of age, during the first three months after prescribing
A patient should seek medical help at once if he or she begins displaying odd behavior such as extreme irritability, panic attacks, increased depression, or self destructive behavior. Lexapro should not be taken by women who are or plan to become pregnant. If a SSRI drug is taken by a pregnant mother, the unborn baby may develop serious lung problems.
Never ingest Lexapro purchased from pharmacies outside the USA. Lexapro manufactured outside of the United States may contain a potentially dangerous ingredient called haloperidol (Haldol).
If the patient is allergic to any drugs or has health problems such as epilepsy, liver or kidney disease, bipolar disorder, or has a history of abusing chemical medications, he or she may need to undergo special tests. The patient should speak to his or her doctor immediately if the symptoms of depression worsen particularly after the dosage of Lexapro has been adjusted.
Lexapro should always be taken exactly as the patient’s doctor prescribes. It is advisable to take the drug at the same time each day.
Lexapro capsules should be taken with a full glass of water. Lexapro liquid must be measured with a specially designed cup or spoon. Never use a common teaspoon. It may take one month or longer for the drug to begin working. The patient should not stop taking Lexapro without consulting his or her doctor.
Never try to make up for a missed dose. If an overdose occurs, seek medical help immediately. Signs of a Lexapro overdose include vomiting, sweating, elevated heart rates, coma, and seizures.
Some patients may have an allergic reaction to Lexapro. The patient should seek medical help immediately if he or she experiences airway constriction, hives, or swelling of the face.
Lexapro may cause adverse effects such as fevers, stiffening of the muscles, tremors, impaired coordination, fainting, breathing problems, and memory loss. Some of the less severe side effects of Lexapro are dizziness, insomnia, mild intestinal problems, sexual dysfunctions, and tinnitus.
Consumption of alcohol while taking Lexapro may increase the risk and/or severity of side effects.