Lexapro is a member of the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) group of antidepressants.
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Drug Uses

Lexapro is used to treat depression and anxiety disorder. It works by maintaining correct chemical levels in the brain.

How Taken

Lexapro comes in tablet and liquid form. The usual dosage is one tablet daily. Lexapro does not have to be taken with food. For best results take the dosage at the same time every day. It may take up to two weeks before the patient reports an improvement in their condition.


If you suffer with liver or kidney disease you may not be able to use Lexapro, or you may need a lower dose. People who show suicidal or manic tendencies, and those who suffer seizures, may not be able to use Lexapro. It is therefore important that you doctor knows your full medical history. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any component in Lexapro, or have any other allergies. Lexapro is not to be taken with citalopram (Celexa). Lexapro is in the FDA category C which means that tests on animals have shown that Lexapro can adversely affect a fetus. If a woman falls pregnant while using Lexapro, inform the doctor immediately. It is not known if Lexapro is excreted into breast milk, therefore do not breastfeed without your doctor’s approval.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.

Possible Side Effects

Possible side-effects of Lexapro include: headaches, sweating, nausea, dry mouth, anxiety, constipation, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, fever, weight gain, weight loss, palpitations, agitation, insomnia, tremors, dizziness, mood swings, difficulty urinating, decreased libido, drowsiness, seizures, muscle aches, trouble breathing, rash, itching, swelling or severe dizziness. If you experience any of these side-effects contact your doctor immediately.


In the case of overdose call medical assistance immediately. Symptoms of Lexapro overdose include nausea, vomiting, tremor, drowsiness, sweating, dizziness and increased heart rate.

More Information

Avoid using Lexapro if you are taking nitrates (used to treat heart conditions) or alpha-blockers (for hypertension and prostrate problems) as there may be serious side-effects. Avoid using Lexapro if your doctor is of the opinion that sexual activity is a risk to your health. Lexapro does not protect against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) including HIV Aids.