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Can You Get an Escitalopram Prescription Online?

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

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July 7, 2020 Read Time - 6 minutes

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Dr. Maria Glukhovsky, Pharm.D. has been a pharmacist for the past 12 years, clinical educator across many disease states and a clinical instructor at Jefferson School of Pharmacy. She loves to educate her patients and everyone around her on the proper use of medications and top disease management techniques to improve health and wellbeing.

Warning: The use of certain antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents may increase the risk of suicidal ideations and behaviors. While taking antidepressants mental health 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 an Escitalopram Prescription Online?

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you may be wondering about possible medications that can help relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Learning more about SSRI drugs such as escitalopram, how they work, and what their benefits and side effects are can help you decide if escitalopram is right for you. Here’s a rundown on what you should know about escitalopram, and how you can get an escitalopram prescription online.

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What is Escitalopram?

Escitalopram is available under the brand name Lexapro and is used to treat anxiety and depression. Escitalopram falls under a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. SSRIs work by restoring the balance of serotonin in your brain. This medication may be used to treat the symptoms of other mood disorders such as panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. It can also be used to treat symptoms related to menopause.

 Escitalopram was approved in 2002 for use in adults and in 2009 for use in adolescents aged 12-17. 


Read: How to Speak to an Online Psychiatrist


How Does Escitalopram Work?

SSRIs like escitalopram work by helping to balance the neurotransmitters in your brain.

Neurotransmitters are like tiny, chemical messengers that your nerves use to communicate with each other. When neurotransmitters are produced by your nerves, some of them travel to other nerves nearby and some of them stay where they are. When a neurotransmitter sticks to the nerve where it was originally produced, it is called “reuptake.”

Escitalopram works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. This prevents the reuptake of serotonin that attaches to receptors in your brain and helps the serotonin travel to other nerves.

Escitalopram Dosage and Treatment

Escitalopram comes in both liquid and tablet form. Your doctor will probably start you on a dose of 5-10 milligrams once a day. This medication takes about 4-6 weeks to take full effect and should be taken at the same time every day. It is safe to take for long-term use.

The specific dosage of escitalopram will vary depending on your medical condition, other medications you are taking, and your response to the initial treatment. It is important to take this medication exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Taking a larger dose than prescribed will not improve your symptoms more quickly and will likely increase the chance of side effects.


Read: Can Primary Care Physicians Prescribe Antidepressants?


Benefits of Escitalopram

Escitalopram can help improve the symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety disorder. This medication may benefit you by improving your energy levels, help you maintain your focus, decrease nervousness, ease symptoms of restlessness or irritability, and give you a feeling of well-being.

Side Effects of Escitalopram

Generally, side effects of escitalopram are mild and may include the following:

  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dry mouth

Occasionally, serious side effects can occur. Contact you doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Impulsiveness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Mania
  • Worsening depression
  • Worsening anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme muscle stiffness
  • Unusual restlessness

Like other antidepressant medications, escitalopram may have an increased risk of suicide in adults, teenagers and young adults (18-24 years of age). Suicidal thoughts may increase if your dose of this medication changes or when you first begin taking it.

Rarely, escitalopram can cause a condition known as serotonin syndrome/toxicity. The risk of this increases if you take other medications that also increase your serotonin levels. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience symptoms such as severe dizziness, twitching muscles, loss of coordination, or hallucinations.

Considerations and Precautions of Escitalopram

Because escitalopram boosts serotonin, this medication has been associated with weight gain due to an increase in appetite and fluid retention. It is recommended that you exercise regularly, eat healthy, and stay physically active while on escitalopram.

A less common side effect of escitalopram is weight loss, which can happen as your body adjusts to taking this medication. One reason for weight loss is that some people find that they have more energy and become more active as they experience less symptoms of depression. Another reason for weight loss is because this medication helps to decrease unhealthy patterns of behavior such as binge eating.

Some research has shown that prenatal exposure while taking SSRIs may be linked with developmental delays and autism. There may also be a risk with newborns if the mother was on an SSRI medication early in her pregnancy.

  • 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.

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Can you buy Escitalopram Online?

You should be wary of websites that claim you can buy escitalopram online without a prescription and have it shipped directly to your door. By law, a consultation with a doctor is required to get any prescription, and the doctor must then send any prescriptions to a pharmacy to be filled.

Fortunately, there are reputable telehealth sites like PlushCare, where you can schedule a video chat or telephone appointment with a qualified doctor who can assess your medical situation and work with you to determine whether escitalopram is right for you.

To speak to one of our experienced physicians at PlushCare, just click here or call (888) 660-5348 to schedule an appointment online or by phone to discuss the risks and benefits of escitalopram. If your doctor thinks that escitalopram would be beneficial for you, they will send your prescription electronically to the pharmacy of your choice and you can pick it up when it’s ready.


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Sources

Rxlist. Escitalopram. Accessed July 7, 2020 https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_escitalopram_lexapro/drugs-condition.htm

Pubmed. Escitalopram: A Review of Its Use in the Management of Major Depressive Disorder in Adults. Accessed July 7, 2020 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20806989/

ncbi.gov. Escitalopram for the management of major depressive disorder. Accessed July 7, 2020 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3526882/

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