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About Lexapro prescription medication

Lexapro is a type of antidepressant that belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The generic medication is known as escitalopram. Lexapro is generally well tolerated by most people and has fewer side effects than other antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors.

Lexapro is designed to restore the natural balance of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger, that is 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 help you regulate mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety by keeping your moods balanced.

What is Lexapro used for?

There are many uses for Lexapro (escitalopram), including treatment for mental health conditions. Your online clinician may prescribe it for any of the following common reasons. It’s also possible that your health care provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed, ask your online doctor or pharmacist.

  • Major depressive disorder

    Lexapro (escitalopram) is FDA approved to treat major depressive disorder. It can help treat depression, by relieving symptoms such as:

    • Feelings of worthlessness and sadness

    • Low energy or trouble concentrating

    • A loss of interest in your usual daily activities

    • Eat and sleep more or less than usual

    • Suicidal thoughts

  • Generalized anxiety disorder

    Lexapro can help treat symptoms of anxiety, such as:

    • Nervous energy that cannot be calmed down

    • Difficulty concentrating

    • Trouble sleeping

    • Overwhelming feelings of worry

    • Increased blood pressure and heart rate

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

    Lexapro in larger doses has been show to treat symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD symptoms that escitalopram is able to help with can include:

    • Severe anxiety

    • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

    • Guilt

    • Negative thoughts about self and the world

  • Bipolar disorder

    In some cases, Lexapro can be used to treat symptoms of bipolar depression, when used in combination with mood stabilizers. These symptoms can include:

    • Feelings of hopelessness

    • Loss of interest in activities

    • General discontent

    • Apathy

  • Other anxiety disorders

    Lexapro is also effective in treating anxiety disorders other than generalized anxiety disorder, such as:

    • Social Anxiety Disorder

    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    • Panic Disorder

What are the pros and cons?



  • Can effectively treat depression and anxiety

  • Usually only needs to be taken once a day

  • Fewer side effects than older antidepressants

  • Generic versions are available, which can be more affordable


  • May cause sexual side effects

  • May cause weight gain or weight loss

  • May cause insomnia or extreme tiredness

  • Stopping suddenly can lead to withdrawal symptoms

Lexapro side effects

  • 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

    • Weight gain

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

How to take Lexapro

Your prescribing physician will provide you with instructions on how to take your Lexapro prescription based on your current conditions and medical history. This medication usually comes in the form of a tablet.

General instructions may include:

  • 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 between 5-10mg mg once daily and may be increased after 1 week.

  • For generalized anxiety disorder, the recommended starting dose is between 5-10 mg once a day.

Your physician may increase the dose gradually as they monitor your symptoms. It is important that you keep in mind that the full benefits of Lexapro may take up to four weeks after beginning treatment to take effect. It is also 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

Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

What to avoid while taking Lexapro

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

Alternative medications to Lexapro

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest another SSRI or one of the antidepressants online in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Lexapro prescription FAQs

  • How much does Lexapro (escitalopram) medication cost?

    The cost of Lexapro can vary based on your insurance coverage. If you opt for the generic alternative, you can get the prescription medication for as low as $3.

    To request a Lexapro prescription online, simply book an appointment with one of our doctors. After an evaluation, one of our doctors can electronically send a Lexapro prescription to your nearest pharmacy, if you qualify.

  • Does Lexapro cause weight gain?

    It is possible for Lexapro to cause weight gain. If weight gain is a concern to you, talk to your doctor to monitor the effects of the prescription medication.

  • How long does it take for Lexapro to work?

    Lexapro can take 4-6 weeks to become completely effective. For this reason, it is recommended that you wait 4 weeks before stopping or trying another medication.

  • Does Lexapro make you tired?

    Lexapro can make you feel tired or fatigued. The fatigue can get better over time with the continued use of escitalopram. If you experience this side effect, contact your healthcare provider for solutions or medication alternatives.

  • Can you drink on Lexapro?

    When taken together, Lexapro and alcohol can result in severe combined side effects, such as loss of coordination and alertness, drowsiness, and increased depressive symptoms. For these reasons, it is not recommended to combine escitalopram and alcohol.

  • Can you take Lexapro while pregnant?

    You should ask your doctor whether Lexapro is suitable for you to take while pregnant. It is possible that you may be able to continue to take Lexapro while pregnant, although there might be a risk of complications. This recommendation varies on a personal basis, so it is essential to consult your physician to find the best treatment plan for you.

  • How can I refill my prescription for Lexapro online?

    Our doctors can easily refill your Lexapro prescription online. Book an appointment, and our doctors will evaluate you. They can electronically send the prescription medication to the nearest pharmacy if you qualify.

  • Who should not take Lexapro?

    You should notify your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking Lexapro, and they will be able to recommend the best treatment plan. Lexapro can also interact with other prescription and non prescription medications, so it is important to tell your doctor all medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements.

    It is important to tell your doctor about any serious conditions before beginning Lexapro. If you have heart problems, liver problems, kidney problems, bleeding problems, low levels of sodium, or bipolar disorder, make sure to tell your doctor so they can recommend the appropriate treatment plan for you.

  • What happens if I miss a Lexapro dose?

    If you miss a dose of Lexapro, take it as soon as you realize that you have missed it. However, if your missed dose is close to your next dose, simply skip it and continue your schedule. Do not take two doses close together.

  • Can you overdose on Lexapro?

    Yes, an overdose on Lexapro can be fatal. An overdose on escitalopram can possibly cause extremely low heart rate and blood pressure, as well as the possibility of serotonin syndrome, a life-threatening condition. If you take too much Lexapro, call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. You should not take double doses or more Lexapro than is prescribed. If someone has taken too much Lexapro and they have trouble breathing, collapse, or have a seizure, call 911 immediately for medical help.

3 simple steps to request your Lexapro prescription online 

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Step 3

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