Escitalopram Oxalate belongs to a group of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs function by restoring the balance of the natural chemical serotonin in the brain.
Increasing the level of serotonin in the brain enhances energy levels and positive emotions while decreasing anxiousness. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and vasomotor symptoms of menopause.
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Escitalopram Oxalate is generally prescribed to adults and adolescents 12-17 years of age. Patients of all ages taking antidepressants should be adequately monitored and examined for clinical deterioration, suicidality, or unexpected behavioural changes.
The administration and dosage for Escitalopram Oxalate vary as per the diagnosis. It should not be taken in larger amounts, more frequently, or for a more extended period than recommended by the doctor.
Escitalopram Oxalate is available both as a tablet and as an oral solution. The following factors will determine the drug’s dose, form, and frequency of administration:
- the diagnosis
- other medical conditions
- reaction to the first dosage
As per research data, 10 mg/d was the recommended dosage for treating mild to moderate clinical depression, whereas 20 mg/d helped treat moderate to severe clinical depression. It may take 1 to 2 weeks to benefit from this drug and 4 weeks to feel the full benefit of this medication.
Escitalopram Oxalate comes with a “boxed warning”, the most severe warning issued by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert prescribers of severe adverse effects or specific issues, associated with a particular drug’s use or restrictions on the drug’s use. When used to treat depression or other mental problems, Escitalopram, like many antidepressants, can raise the risk of suicidal thoughts and conduct.
The common side effects of this drug in adults may include the following, among others—
- sexual issues
- loss of appetite
Some severe side effects may include the following, among others—
- difficulty breathing
- suicidal thoughts and behaviour
- muscular twitching
- heart palpitations
- diarrhoea and vomiting
- manic episodes
- visual issues
In conclusion, Escitalopram Oxalate is used to treat depression and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
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