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Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate)

Description

Lexapro is the brand name for Escitalopram Oxalate that is sold as tablets and oral solutions. The Lexapro is a film-coated tablet that is available in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg with Escitalopram being the active ingredient. Inactive ingredients like microcrystalline cellulose silicon dioxide, talc, magnesium stearate, and croscarmellose sodium are present in it. Polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, and titanium dioxide are present in the film-coating of the tablet. The oral solutions have Escitalopram Oxalate for about 1 mg/mL in the base of escitalopram. Inactive ingredients like propylene glycol, propylparaben, sodium citrate, sorbitol, citric acid, and a natural peppermint flavor are present in the solution. This drug is generally used in the treatment of depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.

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Recommendations

For both adolescents and adults in the treatment of depressive disorders a dose of 10 mg per day is recommended. But the dosage can be increased to up to 20 mg per day depending on the condition and the response of the patient to this drug. If the dosage is to be increased to 20 mg per day it has to be done after three weeks in the case of adolescents and after one week in the case of adults. In case of the need to continue this medication for a longer period for maintenance treatment 10 or 20 mg per day can be used after two months of initial treatment. The same dosage is used for patients with anxiety disorders and in special populations. For patients with acute renal problems the dosage might be reduced on case to case basis. For the correct dosage for your condition consult your doctor. In some cases certain symptoms might occur after discontinuing the drug. These symptoms if severe the continuation of the drug can be considered.

Precautions

If the drug is discontinued in children a side effect of insomnia is reported in some cases. In the case of adults nausea and ejaculation disorder is reported. Nausea, insomnia, and fatigue are found to be present in some patients after the discontinuation of the drug in the treatment of general anxiety disorder. For patients who have been treated for major depressive disorders this medication might cause suicidal ideas and might increase the depression in both adults and pediatrics. In such cases any of the symptoms like insomnia, irritability, mania, akathisia, hostility, agitation, aggressiveness, panic attacks and hypomania are found. Abnormal bleeding might occur if the patient is already taking medication that affect coagulation like aspirin. Patients who are planning to become pregnant or who are nursing should contact their doctor for consultation in taking up this drug.

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