Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)
What is Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) used for?
Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) prescribed to treat depression. The medication balances levels of neurotransmitters in the brain to reduce feelings of worthlessness, guilt, fatigue, or irritability. It is also useful for reducing anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Your physician may prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)?
Follow your physician`s instructions while using Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) to get the most effective results. One tablet is normally taken once each day, but your particular dosage will be based on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These may be taken with or without food and should be swallowed with a full cup of water to aid absorption. Do not split, crush, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)?
Some patients using Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) have reported experiencing side effects including:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are severe headaches, loss of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, stiff muscles, tremors, irregular heartbeats, faintness, or seizures. Tell your physician as soon as possible if you experience any symptoms that become intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent more complications from appearing.
Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) should not be used to treat patients suffering from manic episodes, untreated epilepsy, an irregular heartbeat, or if the patient has taken any MAOI medications in the last fourteen days. It is also important to disclose if you have a history of suicidal thoughts, manic episodes, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, blood disorders, if you are undergoing electroconvulsive therapy, or low potassium or magnesium levels in the blood as these conditions may require alterations to your dosage to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.