Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)
What is Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) used for?
Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) is an oral antidepressant prescribed to treat patients who are suffering from depression or generalized anxiety disorder. It operates by adjusting the action of nerve cells in the brain known as neurotransmitters to reduce symptoms such as anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia, or fatigue. This action may also make it useful for treating panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
How should I use Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)?
Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) is normally taken once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will be determined by your doctor based on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be taken whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. The tablets may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate)?
Side effects that may occur while using Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) include:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are severe nausea, anxiety, racing thoughts, severe headaches, confusion, faintness, or sore muscles. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying or intense side effects to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) if you are under the age of eighteen, taking other MAOI medications, if you have uncontrolled epilepsy or bipolar disorder. You are also suggested to inform your doctor if you have epilepsy, diabetes, suicidal thoughts, manic episodes, heart failure, a history of bleeding disorders, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Escitalopram (Escitalopram Oxalate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.