Drug Class: Antidepressant, Selective Serotinin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
Manufacturer: Forest Laboratories
Approval Date: August, 2002
What is Lexapro and how does it work
Lexapro is an antidepressant that works by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin) in the brain. It is also classified as a selective serotonin inhibitor (SSRI).
What is Lexapro used for
Depression in adults and adolescents
Anxiety in adults
How effective is Lexapro
What are interesting facts about Lexapro
Lexapro 10 or 20 mg daily was more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of depression in 8-week studies.
In three 8-week studies, Lexapro was more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of anxiety.
It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Administered once daily
It is chemically related to citalopram (Celexa)
How is Lexapro dosed and administered
10-20 mg administered orally once daily.
What are the side effects of Lexapro
Common: Nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, decreased appetite, insomnia, sexual dysfunction.
Serious: Suicide, manic episodes, seizures, serotonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, abnormal bleeding, low sodium, withdrawal syndrome.
Lexapro drug interactions
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine)
St. John's Wort
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., Motrin, Aleve)
Imitrex (sumatriptan) and similar drugs
What is the cost of Lexapro
Cost between $4 and $11
How to obtain prescription assistance for Lexapro
For Lexapro prescription assistance visit Forest Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program or call 1 (800) 851-0758.
Lexapro FDA Prescribing Information.
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