What dose of Lexapro (Escitalopram) is right for me?
Take Lexapro (Escitalopram) exactly as prescribed for you by your physician. Please inform your doctor of any pharmaceuticals, herbal products or vitamin supplements you are taking.
Generally Lexapro (Escitalopram) 10 mg is to be taken once a day, but your doctor may recommend a higher (20 mg.) or lower (5 mg.) strength depending on a variety of reasons such as your age, weight, state of general health, etc.
Lexapro (Escitalopram) 10 mg may be taken on an empty or full stomach. But it is important to take the medicine with a full glass of water. Your doctor may prefer you take it in the morning, or in the evening. However, it is important to take it at the same time every day. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is close to time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the skipped one.
Do not use a stronger or weaker dose than recommended by your physician. If your doctor is prescribing Lexapro 10 mg for extended periods for maintenance purposes, he should monitor your progress on a regular basis.
Do not stop taking generic Lexapro (Escitalopram) without your doctor’s knowledge and consent. If you stop taking the medication suddenly, you may experience unpleasant side effects.
Do not share this or any other medication with anybody else. If you have any medication left after treatment, please dispose of it in a safe and responsible manner.
Who should not use Lexapro (Escitalopram)?
Never take Lexapro (Escitalopram) if you are using a MAO Inhibitor. There must be a gap of at least 14 days before changing from one to the other.
Before you start treatment with Lexapro (Escitalopram), please inform your doctor if you suffer from any of these following problems:
- Epiliptic Seizures
- Heart attack
- Allergic reaction to Serotonin
- Heart disease
- Bipolar disorder
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Bleeding from the stomach, duodenum or aesophagus
- Low blood sodium
- Increased risk of bleeding
- Thoughts of suicide
If your doctor knows of these conditions, he may change your medication, or adjust it to suit. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Never give Lexapro (Escitalopram) to a person younger than 12 years of age unless the doctor absolutely prescribes it.