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Escitalopram is an antidepressant that is used to treat depression and other mental disorders. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, which helps improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
Escitalopram is used to treat patients with major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental disorders. It can also be used to prevent relapses in patients who have already been treated for depression.
Like all antidepressants, escitalopram works by increasing levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two mood-related neurotransmitters. It also acts by reducing the level of another neurotransmitter called serotonin reuptake, which is responsible for the rapid breakdown of serotonin in the brain.
It is recommended to take escitalopram once a day in the morning. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions and not to change the dosage or intake regimen without his recommendation.
General precautions before taking escitalopram include discussing possible side effects with a doctor, abstaining from alcohol and drugs, as well as regular medical examination.
Side effects of escitalopram may include headaches, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, sexual side effects, weight gain or loss, and mood changes. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor.
An overdose of escitalopram can lead to serious symptoms, including seizures, cardiac arrhythmia and death. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
If you missed a dose of escitalopram, take it as soon as possible, but do not take a double dose. If it’s time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue taking it according to the usual schedule.