escitalopram, Lexapro (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Escitalopram is approved for the treatment of depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Drugs in the SSRI class also are used for treating obsessive compulsive disorders and panic disorders, although escitalopram is not approved for these purposes.

SIDE EFFECTS:Common side effects associated with escitalopram are:

WARNING: Some patients experience withdrawal reactions upon stopping SSRI therapy. Symptoms may include dizziness, tingling, tiredness, vivid dreams, irritability, or poor mood. In order to avoid these symptoms, the dose of SSRI can be slowly reduced instead of abruptly stopped.

Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of escitalopram or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared with placebo in adults beyond 24 years of age. There was a reduction in risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared with placebo in adults 65 years of age and older. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients who are started on therapy with antidepressants should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014


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