Lexapro patient package insert

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Important information about Lexapro

Read this patient package insert carefully before starting Lexapro treatment. It contains important information about the medication and its possible side effects.

Important Information

Important Information

In order to ensure safe and effective use of Lexapro, it is important to carefully read and follow the instructions provided in the patient package insert. This document contains valuable information about the medication and its potential side effects.

Before Taking Lexapro

Before starting Lexapro, inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have, especially if you have a history of seizures, liver or kidney problems, or bipolar disorder. It is also important to disclose any medications you are currently taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements.

Important Safety Precautions

It is crucial to follow the prescribed dosage of Lexapro and not to exceed the recommended amount. Do not abruptly stop taking the medication without consulting your healthcare provider, as this can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any new or worsening symptoms while taking Lexapro.

Dosage and Administration

It is important to take Lexapro exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. The usual recommended starting dose for Lexapro is 10 mg once daily, with or without food. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your response to the medication.

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It is recommended to take Lexapro at the same time each day to help you remember to take it. Do not suddenly stop taking Lexapro without consulting your doctor, as this can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may gradually reduce your dose if needed.

If you miss a dose of Lexapro, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed one.

If you have any questions or concerns about your Lexapro dosage or how to take the medication, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

Dosage and Administration

It is important to follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by your healthcare provider when taking Lexapro. The recommended starting dose for treating depression or generalized anxiety disorder is 10 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may adjust the dose based on your individual needs.

For Depression:

For adults, the usual dose ranges from 10 to 20 mg per day. The maximum recommended dose is 20 mg per day. For adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, the starting dose is 10 mg per day, which can be increased to a maximum of 20 mg per day.

For Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

The usual starting dose for adults is 10 mg once daily, which can be increased to a maximum of 20 mg per day. For elderly patients or patients with liver impairment, a lower starting dose may be recommended.

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Lexapro can be taken with or without food. It is important to take the medication at the same time each day to maintain steady blood levels. Do not suddenly stop taking Lexapro without consulting your healthcare provider, as this may lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Common side effects

Some common side effects of Lexapro may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

Serious side effects

Although rare, some serious side effects of Lexapro may include:

  1. Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing
  2. Mental/mood changes such as anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, severe restlessness, rapid speech, or thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  3. Unusual or severe headache
  4. Shaking (tremors)

If you experience any serious side effects, contact your healthcare provider immediately. It is important to report any side effects to ensure safe and effective use of Lexapro.

Storage and Handling

Keep Lexapro tablets in a tightly closed container at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Storage

  • Store Lexapro at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Avoid storing Lexapro in the bathroom or kitchen.

Handling

  • Handle Lexapro with clean and dry hands to prevent contamination.
  • Avoid exposing Lexapro to direct sunlight.
  • Keep Lexapro out of reach of children and pets.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about Lexapro, please do not hesitate to contact us using the information provided below:

  • Phone: 1-800-123-4567
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Address: 123 Main Street, City, State, ZIP Code

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