LEXAPRO- escitalopram oxalate tablet, film coated 
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Medication Guide

Lexapro (leks-a-pro) (escitalopram oxalate) Tablets/Oral Solution

Read the Medication Guide that comes with Lexapro before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider if there is something you do not understand or want to learn more about.

What is the most important information I should know about Lexapro?

Lexapro and other antidepressant medicines may cause serious side effects, including:

1. Suicidal thoughts or actions:

Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider and call between visits if you are worried about symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency. Lexapro may be associated with these serious side effects:

2. Serotonin Syndrome. This condition can be life-threatening and may include:

3. Severe allergic reactions:

: Lexapro and other antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin , Jantoven ), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen), or aspirin. 4. Abnormal bleeding®®

5. Seizures or convulsions

6. Manic episodes:

Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored during treatment. 7. Changes in appetite or weight.

Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include: 8. Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood.

. Stopping Lexapro too quickly may cause serious symptoms including: Do not stop Lexapro without first talking to your healthcare provider

What is Lexapro?

Lexapro is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. Lexapro is used to treat: also

Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with Lexapro treatment.

Who should not take Lexapro?

Do not take Lexapro if you:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Lexapro? Ask if you are not sure.

Before starting Lexapro, tell your healthcare provider if you:

medicines including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Lexapro and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider about all thethat you take,

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can tell you if it is safe to take Lexapro with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking Lexapro without talking to your healthcare provider first.

If you take Lexapro, you should not take any other medicines that contain escitalopram oxalate or citalopram hydrobromide including: Celexa.

How should I take Lexapro?

What should I avoid while taking Lexapro?

Lexapro can cause sleepiness or may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Lexapro affects you. Do not drink alcohol while using Lexapro.

What are the possible side effects of Lexapro?

of those described in the section entitled “ ” Lexapro may cause serious side effects, including allWhat is the most important information I should know about Lexapro?

Common possible side effects in people who take Lexapro include:

Other side effects in children and adolescents include:

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Lexapro. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR MEDICAL ADVICE ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS. YOU MAY REPORT SIDE EFFECTS TO THE FDA AT 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Lexapro?

Keep Lexapro and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about Lexapro

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Lexapro for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Lexapro to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Lexapro. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You may ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Lexapro that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information about Lexapro call or go to www.Lexapro.com. 1-800-678-1605

What are the ingredients in Lexapro?

Active ingredient: escitalopram oxalate

Inactive ingredients:

Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Subsidiary of Forest Laboratories, Inc. St. Louis, MO 63045 USA

Licensed from H. Lundbeck A/S

Revised: December 2012

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

© 2012 Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Revised: 12/2012
 
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