Lexapro
DESCRIPTION

Lexapro is a medication used by those suffering from depression or anxiety. This medication is also known as Escitalopram.

How it works

Depression and anxiety occurs when there is a serotonin imbalance in the brain. When there is too much serotonin in the brain, it can lead to serious mood changes. Since it is a SSRI, this medication, works by restoring serotonin balance in the brain.

Uses

This medication is primarily used to treat depression and anxiety. However, Lexapro can also be used to alleviate hot flashes that occur during menopause.

Dosage

Lexapro is taken by mouth, with or without food. This medication can be consumed in drug or liquid form. If you are consuming the medication in liquid form, make sure to measure the dosage with a medical spoon. Using a regular spoon can influence you to consume the incorrect dose.

To reduce the risk of side effects, your physician might instruct you to start taking the medication with a small dose. Do not increase the dosage on your own without consulting your physician. Doing so will not increase the effectiveness of the treatment. On the contrary, you will become more vulnerable to the side effects of the medication.

You must continue to use this medication even if you feel well. Although the symptoms may have disappeared, it is important for you to continue the treatment to treat the root cause of the condition. Moreover, it can take up to four weeks for the medication to work. Therefore, be patient and follow your prescription carefully.

Side effects

Although you may not experience all of the following, it is important to be aware of all of them.

Nausea
Trouble sleeping
Constipation
Tiredness
Drowsiness
Dizziness
Increased sweating
Dry mouth

You are also likely to experience some serious side effects such as:

Decreased interest in sex
Easy bruising
Irregular heart beat
Vision changes
Bloody stools
Seizures

If you experience such side effects, do not think twice about informing a physician. You need to reverse these effects immediately.

Precautions

If you wish to avoid the undesirable effects of consuming Lexapro, make sure to adhere to the following precautionary instructions.

Inform your physician if you are allergic to the drug or any of its ingredients.
Brief your healthcare provider about your medical history.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or get involved in any task that requires you to focus, especially after you take your daily dose.
The liquid form of this medication includes sugar. So, if you have diabetes, check your sugar levels on a regular basis.
Giving this medication to children can lead to weight loss and loss of appetite. If you are giving this medication to your child, make sure to monitor his or her weight on a regular basis.

Self-care

Consuming this medication during the period of pregnancy can not only harm the unborn fetus, but it can also result in mood changes in the mother. Therefore, consult your physician and discuss the alternations to your dosage.

This drug can be passed from mother to child through breast milk. Thus, it is best to avoid nursing your child during the course of this treatment.

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