Lexapro (generic name: escitalopram; brand names include: Citadep / Elpram / Cipralex) is an antidepressant that belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.
Lexapro has been proven in clinical trials to be an effective and well-tolerated prescription medication that improves the quality of life for adults suffering from depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Lexapro has been prescribed to over 18 million U.S. adults for depression, anxiety, or both.
Lexapro is also used to treat patients who may avoid and/or are fearful of social situations (social anxiety disorder) and to treat irrational fears or obsessional behaviour (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Lexapro is unique in that it was created based on an advanced technique. Lexapro was developed by isolating the medicinal component of Celexa (citalopram HBr), a molecule known as an isomer.
Lexapro helps to restore the brain's chemical balance by increasing the supply of a chemical messenger in the brain called serotonin. Lexapro appears to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety by increasing serotonin with minimal effect on many of the other chemicals in the brain.
Lexapro is not addictive.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.