Stress Medications

Lexapro- An Anti Anxiety Medication That Works

Lexapro works as an antidepressant and is used to treat anxiety and other depressive disorders. This medication falls under the category of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro helps you overcome anxiety by fighting chemicals in the brain that are responsible for this problem.

Who can use Lexapro?
Lexapro can be used by adults as well as children aged 12 and above under proper medical guidance. However, this anti anxiety medication cannot be used in the following cases:

* People who are using MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (Marplan),  phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect) and the like should not use Lexapro.
* Those suffering from any liver or kidney disease should completely refrain from the use of this medication.
* This medicine is not for you if you have a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.
* Children below the age of 12 should not use Lexapro.
* Lexapro is not advised for use by the pregnant women.

How to use?
You should Lexapro exactly as recommended by the physician. An overdose of the medicine can have serious consequences. If you are consuming Lexapro in the tablet form, make sure that you drink a glass of water along with consuming this medicine.

Since using this medication in the right quantity is essential, it is important that you be extra careful while using its liquid form. Instead of measuring it with a spoon, use a dropper or a medicine cup. This will help ensure that you consume the medication in the right quantity.

Follow the guidelines as mentioned on the label and try to take the medicine at the same time of the day.

Are there any side effects?

Yes, there are certain side effects of Lexapro anti anxiety medication. These side effects can range from mild to moderate to severe.

The mild to moderate side effects of this medication include:

* Dizziness
* Acidity
* Nausea
* Constipation
* Stomach upset
* Dryness in the mouth

Apart from these less serious side effects, Lexapro can also cause the following side effects which are of serious nature.

* Uneven heartbeats
* Memory problems
* Inability to breathe
* Excessive sweating
* Tremors

If you experience any of these side effects, make sure that you call your doctor at the earliest.

Things to keep in mind when using Lexapro
* Call for a doctor immediately if you take an overdose.
* Lexapro should not be taken along with medications to treat pain, arthiritis, fever or swelling.
* Drinking too much alcohol along with using Lexapro can increase the side effects of the medicine.
* Since Lexapro can hamper your thinking ability, you need to be more alert while performing tasks that need concentration.