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Escitalopram

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) lexapro

Escitalopram - What is it for

‚ÄčEscitalopram belongs to a class of medications known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat symptoms of depression (low mood) such as:

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling hopeless or useless
  • Feeling bad about yourself
  • Thoughts of ending your life
  • Poor sleep, energy or appetite.

It may also be used to treat symptoms of anxiety such as:

  • Feeling constantly worried and unable to do anything about it
  • Very fast heartbeat
  • Uncontrolled shaking of body parts such as hands (tremors)
  • Sweating
  • Nervousness

This medication may be used for obsessive- compulsive disorders, eating disorders and other conditions. Check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure why you are given this medication.

Escitalopram - Additional Information

  • Updated on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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