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Can You Get Lexapro (Escitalopram)Online?
Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Lexapro (Escitalopram) online after a medical evaluation.
You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Lexapro. Book an online appointment with one of our top doctors using your phone or computer.
During your virtual visit, a physician will review your symptoms and medical history to provide a diagnosis. If the doctor determines that a patient would qualify for Lexapro, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.
What Is Lexapro (Escitalopram)?
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 (MAO) inhibitors.
Escitalopram falls under a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by restoring the balance of serotonin in your brain. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved escitalopram in 2002 for use in adults and 2009 for adolescents aged 12-17.
Lexapro is prescribed for:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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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.
Neurotransmitters are tiny, chemical messengers that your nerves use to communicate with each other. When neurotransmitters are produced by your nerves, they are released into the space around the nerve where they can bind to receptors on other nerves. Shortly, after they are released, the neurotransmitter is reabsorbed back into the nerve. This process is called reuptake. If reuptake is inhibited by escitalopram, serotonin stays active longer.
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.
What Are the Associated Dosages and Treatments for Lexapro?
Lexapro (Escitalopram) comes in both liquid and tablet form. In most cases, dosage starts at 5-10 milligrams daily. The antidepressant escitalopram 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 prescribes. Taking a larger dose than prescribed will not improve your symptoms more quickly and will likely increase the chance of side effects.
Your healthcare provider will want to see you often while you are taking escitalopram, especially at the beginning of your treatment, according to MedlinePlus. Be sure to keep all appointments for office visits with your doctor.
What Are the Benefits of Lexapro?
Lexapro can help improve the symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety disorder. This medication may benefit you by:
Improving your energy levels
Helping you maintain focus
Nervous energy that cannot be calmed down
Easing symptoms of restlessness or irritability
Providing a feeling of well-being
Feelings of worthlessness and sadness
A loss of interest in your usual daily activities
Eat and sleep more or less than usual
Low energy or trouble concentrating
What Are the Side Effects of Lexapro?
Generally, side effects of Lexapro (Escitalopram) are mild and may include the following:
Increased or decreased sex drive
Occasionally, serious side effects can occur. Contact you doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Extreme muscle stiffness
Like other antidepressant medications, escitalopram may lead to 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.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 if you experience suicidal thoughts or emotional distress.
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.
What Are the 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:
Tingling sensations on your skin
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.
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:
High blood pressure
History of heart attack
Low levels of sodium
Can You Buy Lexapro Online?
Yes, it's possible to legally get an Lexapro (Escitalopram) prescription online by scheduling an online appointment with a licensed medical doctor.
Reputable telehealth sites such as PlushCare allow you to schedule a video chat or telephone appointment with a qualified doctor. Your doctor will 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 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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