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Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder in adults and in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Lexapro may help reduce pain severity in people who are dependent on opioid medications. Lexapro is also known by its drug name, escitalopram.

Lexapro is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Lexapro is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Lexapro is taken once daily.

Lexapro comes in tablet and oral solution forms.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Lexapro lists common side effects including insomnia, ejaculation disorders, nausea, increased sweating, fatigue and drowsiness, and decreased libido.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Lexapro include suicidal thinking or behavior, seizures, mania, low sodium levels, abnormal bleeding, altered cognitive performance, and serotonin syndrome.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Lexapro — RxList

Escitalopram Reduces Pain Severity, Interference in Opioid-Dependent Patients —

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