Generic Name: Escitalopram (ess-sye-TAL-oh-pram)Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Possible Side Effects
- Side effects that this medicine may cause include:
- dizziness and/or drowsiness
- dry mouth
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
- Other sedatives can increase the drowsy effects when taken together with this medicine.
- This medicine may take several weeks to reach its full effect. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- This medication should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more information on MAO inhibitors. Wait 5 weeks after stopping escitalopram before starting a non-selective MAO inhibitor. Wait 2 weeks after stopping an MAO inhibitor before starting escitalopram.
- Do not take escitalopram with the herb, St. John's Wort.
- If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting escitalopram.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor about
the risks and benefits of using this medicine during your pregnancy. Escitalopram
is excreted in the breast milk and should be avoid if you are nursing.
More InformationFor additional information on escitalopram, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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