Lexapro (Oral)

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Lexapro side effects coming off the meds

I just recently stopped using lexapro, I have this funny dizzy feeling and light headed feeling. Is this a normal withdrawal symptom and how long will this last? I was on the medication for 7 months.
by Lori, 04/11/2006

Lexapro (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Lexapro (Oral)

Lexapro (Oral) Medication Classification


Lexapro (Oral) Brandname


Lexapro (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Escitalopram (es-sye-TAL-oh-pram) Treats severe depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This medicine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

When To Not Use Lexapro (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to escitalopram or citalopram (Celexa®), or if you have used an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) within the past 14 days. Do not use an MAO inhibitor for at least 14 days after you stop using escitalopram.

How Should You Use Lexapro (Oral)

Liquid, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Lexapro (Oral) Storage

Store Lexapro (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Lexapro (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Lexapro (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not use citalopram (Celexa®) while you are using escitalopram. These two medicines are closely related and using both could be dangerous.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using lithium, sumatriptan (Imitrex®), medicine for seizures (such as carbamazepine, Tegretol®), any other medicine for depression, or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, or sedatives).
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Lexapro (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, or a history of mania or bipolar disorder.
  • You may need to take this medicine for up to 4 weeks before you feel better. Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time. If you feel that the medicine is not working well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had any thoughts about hurting yourself.

Lexapro (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Confusion, weakness, muscle twitching
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
  • Painful, prolonged erection of the penis
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea, diarrhea
  • Problems with sex
  • Sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping

Lexapro (Oral) Ratings

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Lexapro (Oral)

Effectiveness: **

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: *


Thomas , Massachusetts - 02/24/2009

I have tried Paxil and it made me nauseous so I switched to Prozac. It seemed to make my anxiety and depression better but I had no libido and I gained 15 pounds. Gaining weight makes me depressed. So i switched to Lexapro 10mg. I've been taking it for three months and I don't really feel a difference. Maybe I need a higher dose? But the good news is my libido is better, when I am not feeling stressed.

Lexapro (Oral)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: ****


sailesh kandeth, NC - 05/16/2009

I was very depressed and anxious about my life and financial situation. This medication has helped me manage my anxiety. Now I feel better while working and I am very optimistic about the future.