Depression is a progressing disease. This disorder may lead to severer psychological disorders without the treatment. Therefore if you notice the symptoms of depression, it is necessary to take Lexapro as soon as possible.
Lexapro is an antidepressant which gives a good account of itself in the treatment of the anxious depression. It includes an active ingredient Escitalopram which is added to the list of the most effective and safest products for the depression treatment. Medical data confirming the pharmacological characteristics of Escitalopram has been published in the respectful medical magazine – The Lancet.
Lexapro selectively inhibits a reuptake of serotonin. It enhances a concentration of serotonin in the cavity where neurons are connected and increases the action of neurotransmitter to the receptors in the central nervous system. This process gradually causes an inhibition of the depression symptoms and improvement of the emotional and psychological state of a patient.
Lexapro interact only with certain type of the serotonin receptors. It does not interact with histamine, benzodiazepine, dopamine receptors. A selective action of Lexapro better works for the treatment of the depression because the tolerance of antidepressants of such type is higher.
As the action of serotonin is increased gradually, the antidepressive effect of Lexapro may be felt only in 2-3 weeks after the started treatment. Therefore, doctors recommend taking the pills during the first signs of depression or anxiety.
Indications for the use
- Worried depression
- Chronic Depression
- Panic disorder
In what dose is Lexapro used?
If the depression symptoms bother you and you want to improve your psychological health as soon as possible, it is necessary to begin the treatment from the maximal daily dose of Lexapro 20 mg.
Lexapro 20 mg is used at any time, before or after meals (food does not affect the pharmacological characteristics of Escitalopram). In 2 weeks a therapeutic effect appears. Having a stable antidepressive effect, the dose of Lexapro is lowered up to 10 mg per day and is continued taking within 3-4 months. A minimal length of taking Lexapro is 3 months.
To stop the treatment, a dose of Lexapro is gradually reduced within 1-2 weeks in order to avoid a withdrawal syndrome.
Senior patients have a poor process of the excretion of Lexapro from the body, and therefore the treatment is started from the dose of 5 mg, and the dose may be increased up to 10 mg per day if needed.
In case of the overdose with Lexapro the following symptoms appear: tremor, agitation, seizures, tachycardia, inhibition of respiratory activity, and vomiting. Visit a physician during the overdose because there is no specific antidote.
- Lexapro enhances the action of MAO inhibitors, so that severe side effects may appear
- The simultaneous use of Lexapro with other serotonin reuptake inhibitors may cause a development of the serotonin syndrome
- If you are taking drugs reducing a threshold of the convulsive activity, the use of Lexapro may increase a risk of the convulsion development
- Lexapro is contraindicated patients under 16 years old, pregnant women and patients with individual intolerance of Escitalopram
- The symptoms of anxiety, maniac state, or suicidal thoughts may become stronger within the first 10 days of the treatment. A patient should be controlled during this period.