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Can You Get a Lexapro Prescription Online?

June 23, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

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Antidepressants have affected a small number of people under and up to 24 years of age to have suicidal thoughts during a clinical study. Experts are not sure how much this data should be considered, as the extent of the risk is unknown. Mental health while taking antidepressants can change in unexpected ways. You should call a doctor right away if you experience any suicidal thoughts. Always talk to a doctor about the risks and benefits of taking antidepressant medication before beginning treatment.

Can You Get a Lexapro Prescription Online?

You can get a prescription for Lexapro online through telehealthcare websites like PlushCare. Following a video consultation a doctor can write you a prescription for any necessary medication not classified as a controlled substance.

Studies show one in four people in the United States suffers from some form of depression. Many people may put off treatment or avoid it all together because they are embarrassed, feel they can’t afford it, or simply don’t want to go to the doctor to get a prescription.

Online doctors are able to bridge these gaps and offer more convenient, efficient and affordable care for depression treatment.

Read on to learn more about how to get Lexapro online.

How to Get Lexapro Online

Online digital healthcare sites such as PlushCare connect you with board certified doctors via video chat. After you make an appointment, you and your doctor will discuss your medical history, your symptoms and any current medications you are taking. Together you and your doctor can decide if Lexapro is right for you and come up with a comprehensive treatment plan.

If your doctor feels that Lexapro may help you, you’ll get a prescription sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice and you can pick it up at your leisure.

Come to your appointment prepared by learning more about Lexapro below.

Read: How Do I Ask My Doctor For Anxiety Medication?

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is the brand name for a generic drug called escitalopram. This medication is a type of antidepressant that belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

Lexapro is generally well tolerated by most people and has fewer side effects than other antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

Lexapro is prescribed for:

How Does Lexapro Work?

Lexapro is designed to restore the natural balance of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and it’s responsible for helping regulate your moods.

If the balance of serotonin in your brain is disrupted, it can set you off both mentally, physically, and emotionally. Lexapro works as an SSRI to restore and reset the natural balance of serotonin in your brain.

It can also help you fight depression by keeping your moods balanced.

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  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Lexapro Dosage and Treatment

Lexapro may be taken either with or without food. Your dose can be taken in the morning or the evening.

For treating depression, a starting dose for an adult will typically be 10 mg once daily and may be increased to 20 mg once daily after three weeks.

For generalized anxiety disorder, the recommended starting dose is 10 mg once a day. The full benefits of Lexapro may take up to four weeks after beginning treatment to take effect.

Benefits of Lexapro

Lexapro helps with symptoms of depression, such as:

Feelings of worthlessness and sadness

A loss of interest in your usual daily activities

Risk-taking behavior

Low energy or trouble concentrating

Nervous energy that cannot be calmed down

Suicidal thoughts

Side Effects of Lexapro

For most people, the side effects of Lexapro are mild. Common side effects may include:

  • Vivid dreams
  • Dry mouth or scratchy throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Sexual difficulties

More serious side effects are rare, but may include worsening symptoms of anxiety, extreme mood changes, or suicidal thoughts. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you feel any of these symptoms.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

Book an appointment PlushCare-App-Steps

Considerations and Precautions of Lexapro

It is important to note that you should not stop taking Lexapro without speaking to your doctor first, even if you feel better and you think you don’t need the medication anymore. If you stop taking Lexapro abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Nightmares
  • Tingling sensations on your skin

You should notify your doctor if you plan on getting pregnant before or while taking Lexapro. There are risks and benefits in taking antidepressants while pregnant.

SSRIs like Lexapro can sometimes interact with other medications. You should tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including any vitamins and supplements. Medical conditions can also change the way these medications work on your body.

Talk to your doctor about your options if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Bleeding problems
  • High blood pressure
  • History of heart attack
  • Seizure disorders
  • Low levels of sodium
  • Bipolar disorder

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Article Sources

Mayo Clinic. Escitalopram. Accessed September 23, 2019, at

Healthline. Lexapro Side Effects. Accessed September 23, 2019, at

Good RD. What is Lexapro. Accessed September 23, 2019, at

Reviewed By


Dr. Adonis Saremi

Dr. Saremi completed his Master’s Degree (MS) in Applied Physiology and Medical Doctorate (MD) at the Chicago Medical School. He subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. When he’s not working, he enjoys time with his family and the outdoors.

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