Lexapro is an effective working antidepressant which can be used during depression of any severity. It contains the active ingredient Escitalopram, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

The antidepressant Lexapro belongs to top 4 best drugs of the new generation. A distinctive peculiarity of Lexapro is a broad-spectrum action, and it is well tolerated by patients unlike tetracycline antidepressants.
A medical addiction to Escitalopram develops seldom than during the use of many other antidepressants. This is explained by low doses of Lexapro in order to achieve the optimal therapeutic effect and symptomatic depression treatment.

The pharmacological action of Lexapro is identical to most classical serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It enhances the concentration of this neurotransmitter in the synaptic cleft and prolongs its action to the central nervous system.
A drawback of Lexapro is a weak intensity of the action. The increase of serotonin occurs within several weeks, and therefore you will not get rid of the depressive symptoms or anxious disorder right away. The first therapeutic effects occurs within 2-3 weeks, and the maximal action of Lexapro is achieved only in 3 month-treatment.

Directions for the use

A stable action of Lexapro enables to use this antidepressant in the treatment of many nervous mental diseases:

  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Phobia
  • Obsessive compulsory disorders
  • High nervous tension
  • Alcoholism

Special recommendations

In the first 1-2 weeks of using Lexapro, a patient can have feeling of anxiety and suicidal thoughts may happen. The best solution of this problem is a regular control of a patient within this period.
When Lexapro begins to actively act and the first result of the treatment appears, a psychic conditions of the patient is improved, and there is no need to control it.

How to take Lexapro?

  • The antidepressant Lexapro is used every day, once per day, one pill
  • Food does not impact therapeutic characteristics of the medicine, and therefore the pills can be used at any time
  • The standard daily dose of Lexapro is 20 mg
  • The dose adjustment is not obligatory because therapeutic effect develops slowly, and the concentration of Escitalopram will be maximal in the blood in several weeks
  • The treatment lasts till the complete disappearance of the neuropsychic disorder


In most cases, the symptoms of the overdose are not manifested, or weak. They can be caused by a prolonged use of high doses of Lexapro (more than 40 mg per day), or the simultaneous use with drugs increasing the action of Escitalopram.
The symptoms of the Lexapro overdose are: serotonin syndrome, convulsive disorders, vomiting, tachycardia, hypotension, and allergic reaction.
A medical aid and gastric lavage are required during the overdose symptoms.


Patients under 18, pregnant women, and also people with acute maniac tendencies are contraindicated to take Lexapro. These precautions are required to prevent side effects.
Women should stop the breast feeding during the treatment because toxicity of Lexapro and its influence on the CNS of a child are unknown.