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Lexapro Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- What are the possible side effects of escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- What is the most important information I should know about escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- How should I take escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lexapro)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lexapro)?
- What should I avoid while taking escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- What other drugs will affect escitalopram (Lexapro)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Lexapro)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Lexapro)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, tremor, sweating, rapid heartbeat, confusion, fainting, seizures, and coma.
What should I avoid while taking escitalopram (Lexapro)?
Avoid taking tryptophan while you are taking escitalopram.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of escitalopram.
Escitalopram may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect escitalopram (Lexapro)?
Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by escitalopram. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines.
Ask your doctor before taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others. Using an NSAID with escitalopram may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol);
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- any other antidepressants such as amitriptylline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), and others; or
- migraine headache medicine such as almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with escitalopram. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about escitalopram.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Lexapro Information
- Lexapro Drug Interactions Center: escitalopram oral
- Lexapro Side Effects Center
- Lexapro Overview including Precautions
- Lexapro FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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