Lexapro is a common prescription medication given to patients that suffer from depression and general anxiety disorders (also called GAD). This prescription medication is generally found to be well tolerated by most patients and can greatly enhance and improve the quality of life for adults suffering from debilitating depression. Lexapro is a popular choice for doctors to give their patients because of the high success rate.
In the United States alone, over 13 million people are taking or have taken Lexapro. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing drugs to treat depression and anxiety. It is a drug that is considered a selective serotonin inhibitor and patients can expect to see a difference after only one to two weeks of taking the medication. In addition, it has been found that the side effects of Lexapro are relatively mild and in many cases are short-term.
Depression and anxiety is a very common problem today. Over 19 million Americans suffer from some form of depression and anxiety. Left untreated, these disorders can lead to severe problems at home or at the work place. Self-esteem issues rise and people can have problems with their day-to-day relationships with their spouse or children. Problems can arise with sleep patterns, eating patterns, lack of energy and feelings of worthlessness. Severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts. Anxiety is much the same way. Those suffering from anxiety may get to the point where he or she cannot even leave their own home. While the cause of the disorders is not always clear, is clear that these people should seek medical care.
When you are prescribed Lexapro, your doctor will determine the correct dose. Usually, this dose is one-10 mg tablet a day. Be aware of side effects that include nausea, sleeplessness, sexual disorders, sweating, tiredness, and headaches. These side effects are not considered serious and in many cases go away with continued treatment. If you are taking Lexapro and experience more severe side effects, you should always consult your doctor or health care provider for more information about the side effects. You should not take Lexapro if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking certain other prescription medications.
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