Brand Name : Generic Lexapro
Generic Name : Escitalopram- es sye tal oh pram
What is Generic Lexapro – Escitalopram?
Generic Lexapro – Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used to treat Major Depressive Disorder [MDD] in adults and children above 12, as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder [GAD] in adults. Escitalopram belongs to a group of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors [SSRIs], and it works on the neurotransmitters of the brain, which relay messages to the nerves.
Neurotransmitters are released by nerves in the brain and then travel to other nearby nerves where they get attached to receptors on those nerves. Some neurotransmitters that are released do not bind to receptors, but travel back and get reattached to the nerves that produced them, causing a “reuptake”. Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter, and experts believe that when its reuptake occurs, the chemical balance in the brain gets affected, producing feelings of depression, or anxiety.
Generic Escitalopram is a very potent SSRI; it successfully blocks the reuptake of Serotonin into the neuron. Due to this prevention, higher levels of Serotonin are available to the brain, which leads to a lessening of depression or anxiety in the patient, and calmness returns.
When depression extends over 2 weeks and exhibits at least 5 disturbing symptoms, it is considered to be symptomatic of MDD. These may comprise of:- depressed mood, disinterest in normal activities, significant change in appetite and/or weight, feeling extremely tired, sleeping less or excessively, feeling agitated, impaired concentration or slow thinking, feeling of guilt or worthlessness, thinking of suicide or an attempt to commit suicide.
GAD results when a patient suffers from extreme, uncontrollable anxiety, or worry, which lasts for 6 months. It includes at least 3 of the following symptoms:- feeling on edge or restless, getting tired easily, the mind going blank when one needs to concentrate, feeling of irritation, muscular tension, and disturbed sleep.
An overdose of Generic Escitalopram, or if it is taken in combination with medications like MAOIs, Tryptan, other serotonergic drugs, or other medications, can lead to a condition called Serotonin Syndrome, or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, with fatal results.
Even after a course of this medicine gets over, a person will have to wait for 2 weeks before beginning treatment with medicines like MAOIs or Nefazodone; or, after treatment with a MAOI drug is over, then too the patient has to wait for 2 weeks before beginning Lexapro therapy.
All medicines have side effects. Caution has to be exercised with all antidepressant medicines since it concerns depression – and extreme anxiety – which itself leads to thoughts of suicide. Children, adolescents, and even young adults over 24 years who take treatment with [or any antidepressant] are more likely to experience symptoms of suicidal ideation, worsening of depression, panic attacks, aggressive behavior, extreme restlessness, frenzied excitement, insomnia, or impulsive behavior. Generic Lexapro is not recommended for treating Bipolar Disorder.
Patients who start on Escitalopram therapy have to be carefully watched to observe if they show any sudden or new symptoms of depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, panic or if there is a worsening of earlier symptoms, and this should be immediately reported to the treating doctor.
It is recommended that pregnant or lactating women do not take this medicine. Alcohol should not be consumed with Lexapro therapy, as it causes drowsiness; and those who drive or perform risky activities should not do so until they know how the medicine affects them and are sure of handling its effect. It has to be administered in low doses to the elderly. Before going for a surgery, even if it is a dental procedure, do not forget to inform the surgeon/dentist that you are taking this medicine.
There are many other conditions in which this medicine cannot be taken, and it also interacts with other medicines. Your physician will be able to give you exact information, when you tell the doctor about your health condition and all medicines being taken by you.
The dosage differs for adults and children. The medicine should be taken as prescribed by the doctor. Cheap Lexapro is available in tablet formulations of 5mg, 10mg and 20mg. A single dose of this medicine has to be taken, once daily, either in the morning or evening.It can be taken regardless of food. The medicine takes at least 1 week to work and can take up to 4 weeks to give relief.Before embarking on therapy with an antidepressant, you [or your parent] must discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with that drug, with the psychiatrist.While on Generic Lexapro therapy, remember to carry a list of all medicines [prescription & OTC] and all nutritional supplements or herbal products you take, at all times; it will come in handy when you meet your doctor, or if you ever need to be admitted to a hospital.