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Escitalopram Tablets

Generic name: Escitalopram Tablets [ es-sye-TAL-oh-pram ]
Brand name: Lexapro
Drug class: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 16, 2023.

Warning

For all patients taking this medicine:
  • Drugs like this one have raised the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions in children and young adults. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. All people who take this medicine (escitalopram tablets) need to be watched closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
Children:
  • This medicine is not approved for use in all children. Talk with the doctor to be sure that this medicine (escitalopram tablets) is right for your child.
  • If your child has been given this medicine (escitalopram tablets), talk with the doctor about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions or concerns about giving this medicine (escitalopram tablets) to your child.

Uses of Escitalopram Tablets:

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Escitalopram Tablets?

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (escitalopram tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (escitalopram tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Escitalopram Tablets?

For all patients taking this medicine (escitalopram tablets):

Children:

How is this medicine (Escitalopram Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (escitalopram tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

What are some other side effects of Escitalopram Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Escitalopram Tablets?

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