Also Known as Cipralex
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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: Escitalopram (ess-sye-TAL-oh-pram)
LEXAPRO is an anti-depressant medication which is taken orally to help treat depression. This medication belongs to a family of medication called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). LEXAPRO is known as a mood elevator because it increases the level of serotonin (a natural substance) in the brain which helps maintain mental balance.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Depending on each patient's condition and medical history, your physician may prescribe a different dosage. LEXAPRO is available in liquid and pill form. Generally, it is taken with or without food depending on the patient's preference. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Store this medicine at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from light and moisture.
Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. If you do miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Do not use LEXAPRO if you are using an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam).
Before taking this medicine, tell your physician if you:
The following may occur while taking this medication: