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Lexapro is an oral medication that is used to treat depression in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older. Lexapro inhibits the reuptake of serotonin, which increases the level of this neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and helps to improve the psycho-emotional state of a person.
To date, Lexapro is one of the safest and most effective antidepressants, approved to eliminate the symptoms of depression. The advantages of Lexapro are:
- High antidepressant activity.
- Favorable safety profile and good tolerability.
- Low potential for the development of side effects and drug-drug interaction.
The active substance of Lexapro is Escitalopram. In addition to the antidepressant action, Escitalopram exerts pronounced anxiolytic and antiobsessional effects.
Due to its pharmacological properties, Lexapro (Escitalopram) effectively eliminates feelings of anxiety and reduces emotional stress. This drug is prescribed for the symptomatic treatment of several mental illnesses, such as:
- Major Depression in adults and adolescents;
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder in adults.
Lexapro is not approved for the treatment of depression in children. Data on the safety of this antidepressant for pediatric patients is not enough to prescribe Lexapro to this age group.
To quickly get rid of the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder, patients can buy Lexapro in the form of oral tablets in a pharmacy. Tablets are available in three different dosages. Depending on the tolerability and clinical response, patient with depression may be prescribed tablets:
- Lexapro 5 mg;
- Lexapro 10 mg;
- Lexapro 20 mg.
For the treatment of depression, you can also buy Lexapro in the form of 5 mg/5 ml solution. The oral solution has a mint flavor and comes in 240 mL bottle.
Lexapro tablets are coated with a special film shell and have a round shape that facilitates their ingestion. Oral tablets are supplied in bottles of 100 tablets each.
Both forms of Lexapro release are characterized by high efficiency and good tolerability. The choice of the release form largely depends on the patient’s preferences.
In addition to Lexapro tablets, pharmacies sell generic medicines that contain 5 mg, 10 mg or 20 mg of the antidepressant agent Escitalopram. Such drugs are cheaper than the branded Lexapro tablets. Therefore, their purchase can reduce the cost of long-term antidepressant therapy.
Visitors to online pharmacies can buy generic Lexapro without a prescription. However, before you order Escitalopram-containing medicines online, you must carefully read the terms of their delivery.
It should be noted that the effectiveness of therapy for depression largely depends on the severity of the disease and on how soon the treatment was started. Before a patient begins taking the drug, he can be directed to a medical examination that will help to
- Establish the root cause of the depressive disorder.
- Make sure there are no contraindications to the use of Lexapro.
- Choose the optimal scheme of the depression treatment.
Patients, who were prescribed Lexapro tablets or suspension, can order them at an online pharmacy. Ordering Lexapro online helps not only save time and money, but also keep in secret from other people the fact of an antidepressant purchase.
Before the first purchase of Lexapro, it is recommended to familiarize yourself with the composition of the antidepressant and make sure you have no contraindications to its use.
If there is an individual intolerance to the active and inactive ingredients of Lexapro, the purchase of this antidepressant should be discarded. If there are contraindications, Lexapro can be replaced with another drug with similar antidepressant effects.
Before each new course of the depression treatment, you should carefully read the leaflet for Lexapro, review the dosage regimen and the list of possible side effects.
Lexapro provides a good effect, if the patient takes it according to the recommended dosage regimen and does not exceed the prescribed daily doses.
Dosage for the Treatment of Depression Symptoms
- Adults and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years are prescribed 10 mg of Lexapro once a day.
- Depending on the tolerance, the daily dose can be increased to a maximum of 20 mg of Lexapro.
- In poor tolerance, the dose is reduced to a minimum of 5 mg.
Dosage for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- During the first week, the dose in elderly adults is 10 mg of Lexapro per day.
- For some patients, a minimum Lexapro daily dose of 5 mg can be effective enough.
- Depending on the clinical response, the daily dose is increased to 20 mg.
For a maximum effect, Lexapro is recommended to be taken at about the same time of day. As clinical practice shows, the antidepressant is better taken in the morning, which allows maintaining a good mood throughout the day.
Food does not affect the absorption of the antidepressant, so Lexapro can be used regardless of meals.
Used in prescribed dosages, Lexapro is one of the safest antidepressants. Since most part of the antidepressant is excreted by the liver, patients with mild to moderate renal failure do not require an adjustment of the daily Lexapro dosage.
It should be noted that anxiety may worsen in the first days of Lexapro therapy. Patients may also experience the following side effects at the beginning of treatment:
- increased sweating,
- decreased sexual desire,
- insomnia, nasal congestion.
As a rule, unwanted reactions are dose-dependent and gradually pass as the treatment continues.
The most serious and, at the same time, a fairly rare complication in Lexapro use is the serotonin syndrome. This condition manifests itself in the form of dizziness, visual impairment, agitation, tremor, and changes in mental status.
If these symptoms occur, Lexapro should be discontinued and the patient should get a specialist’s consultation. It should be kept in mind that a sudden discontinuation of the antidepressant may cause withdrawal symptoms and worsening of depression symptoms. Therefore, the discontinuation of the antidepressant should be carried out through a gradual reduction of the daily dose.
Compliance with the recommendations for Lexapro use prevents the occurrence of relapses and increases the chances for recovery.