Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex) Side Effects, Dosage, Interaction Information

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What is Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)?

Escitalopram is a type of anti-anxiety agents. Escitalopram belongs to category of escitalopram may enhance the sedative effects of alcohol. drugs. Escitalopram is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It is approved by the FDA for the treatment in adults with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Escitalopram is the S-stereoisomer (enantiomer) of the earlier Lundbeck drug citalopram, hence the name escitalopram.

This drug is commonly sold as Brand Name Lexapro.

Indication/Contraindication for use of Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)

  • Treatment of major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder.
  • Concomitant use with MAOls, hypersensitivity to escitalopram or citalopram.

Side Effects of Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)

Nausea, diarrhea, increased sweating, insomnia, impotence, ejaculation disorder, fatigue, somnolence.

Dosage and Prescribing Information for Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)

10mg once daily, increased, if necessary to 20mg once daily.

Drug Interactions of Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)

Escitalopram may enhance the sedative effects of alcohol.

Precautions while prescribing Escitalopram (Lexapro and Cipralex)

  • Operating hazardous machinery, including automobiles; severe renal impairment; hepatic impairment.
  • Mania, seizure disorders, works requiring mental alertness E.
Central Nervous System

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