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for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Lexapro is an antidepressant that has been found to be effective in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry that is persistent for at least six months and which the person finds difficult to control. It must be associated with at least three of the following symptoms: restlessness or feeling on edge, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance.
Lexapro (generic name escitalopram oxalate) is a highly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is available as 5 mg, 10 mg or 20 mg film coated tablets or as a 1 mg/ml oral solution.
The recommended starting dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily. If the dose is increased to 20 mg, this should occur after a minimum of one week. Lexapro should be taken once daily, in the morning or evening, with or without food.
How does Lexapro work?
How fast does it work?
Are there side effects with Lexapro?
[Editors note: Weight gain? The maker of Lexapro says no; many patients say yes.]
In one study, among 429 GAD patients who received Lexapro 10-20 mg/day in placebo-controlled trials, side effects in these percentages were reported: headache-24 percent, nausea-18 percent, somnolence-13 percent, insomnia-12 percent. About half that number who were
placebos had the same complaints. Patients taking lower doses of Lexapro
reported a lower percentage of side effects. Of the 429 patients in the
study, 8 percent discontinued treatment due to an adverse event, compared
to 4 percent of patients receiving placebos.
Here's what you should know about Lexapro:
Understanding anxiety disorders
Coping with medication side effects
How to save on medications
Tips for managing your medications
Page updated August 1, 2006