Lexapro is one of few antidepressants which have an original mechanism of the action and a high efficiency in the treatment of the psychological diseases. It contains an active ingredient Escitalopram that inhibits reuptake of serotonin.
A therapeutic action of Lexapro may be noticed in 3-4 days during the correct dosing and following all recommendations. About 2-3 weeks will be needed for a complete effect.
An advantage of Lexapro is that it not only reduces the symptoms of any form of depression but also does not cause anxiety. Many strong antidepressants may increase agitation of the central nervous system, so that patients may have depression or other emotional disorders.
Lexapro inhibitsanxiety, concern, panic, fear. This antidepressant shows good results in the treatment of the obsessive-compulsory disorders and other disorders of the higher nervous activity.
Lexapro does not bind to receptors that cause side effects during the use of the selective reuptake serotonin inhibitors. Therefore, patients do not experience side effects during the antidepressive therapy.
In what dose is Lexapro used?
According to the opinion of some experts, Lexapro should be used in high doses of 10-20 mg per day in order to achieve a fast and effective therapeutic action. Such scheme helps to achieve a complete effect in 1-2 weeks for most patients. Butariskofthesideeffectsgrows.
Therefore, the treatment should be started from low doses of Lexapro 5 mg per day, and the dose is gradually increased by 5 mg per week. You will have the maximal daily dose of 20 mg in a month and have a stable antidepressive effect. Butduringthisscheme, thesideeffectsappearseldom.
As soon as anxiety, panic or depression are reduced, a dose of Lexapro is decreased up to 5-10 mg per day, and a maintaining therapy is continued within 2-3 months. It will help to fix the result and lower an outbreak of the disease after the therapy.
- The use of Lexapro is contraindicated with MAO inhibitors. Their interaction may cause increase of the serotonin level, so that severe side effects will appear
- Lexapro is not prescribed patients under 16 years old, pregnant women and patients with epilepsy
- If the use of Lexapro is required during lactation, stop breast-feeding for a while
Light tachycardia, sleepiness, dizziness, pain in temples, fatigue may appear within the first 2-3 weeks of the treatment. This is a natural reaction of the body to the biochemical changes happening in the brain and central nervous system.
After the stabilized action of Lexapro, the body gets used to it, and side effects begin to gradually drop, and then completely disappear.
But do not ignore the side effects. If they grow and bring severe discomfort, stop the treatment.