Lexapro should be used exactly as prescribed by a doctor. The medication should not be used in larger or smaller amounts or for a longer period than written on a prescription label.
A doctor may change the dosage or the way of administrating Lexapro to reach better results. A patient should not change the dosage or the way of taking Lexapro without consulting a doctor.
Lexapro should be taken with a full glass of water with or without food. The medication is more effective when taken at the same time each day. Lexapro in its liquid form should be measured with the help of a special measuring device, a measuring spoon or a medicine cup, but not with the help of a regular table spoon. If a patient does not have a special dose-measuring device he or she should ask a pharmacist for one.
It may take 4 or more weeks for a patient to start feeling better. A patient should not stop using the medication unless a doctor tells to do so, otherwise he or she may have unpleasant withdrawal and side effects.
Some medications may interact Lexapro. This may cause unpleasant side effects. While following the administration of Lexapro a patient should tell a doctor about using the medications including medicines for:painarthritisfeverswelling.
A patient should talk to a doctor before takingaspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), e.g. ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine) etc. Taking these medications together with Lexapro may cause a patient to bruise and bleed severely.
A patient should avoid drinking alcohol as taken with generic Lexapro it may cause side effect to occur or side effects may get worse. A patient should be careful about using any food or drink items containing alcohol to avoid unpleasant results. Taking Lexapro together with alcohol may add to sleepiness caused by taking the medication.
A patients taking cheap Lexapro should be careful when driving or operating any machinery where alertness is required.
A patient should take a missed dose of Lexapro as soon as possible but a double dose of the drug should not be taken to take up the missed dose of the drug.