If you’re suffering from depression and anxiety, Lexapro can offer you the relief you’ve been searching for. Lexapro is a prescribed medication that is intended to treat symptoms of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Like other antidepressants, Lexapro is also occasionally used to prevent migraines. It comes in the form of a tablet, and doses vary by patient.
- How Does Lexapro Work?
Lexapro is commonly taken by mouth once a day, in the morning or evening. When you begin treatment, your doctor will likely start you on 10 mg once daily. If you feel that you need a higher dose, the doctor might increase you to 20 mg daily after a minimum of one week. The dosage you receive may also depend on what condition you are treating. A doctor may provide different treatment for someone experiencing chronic migraines than those suffering from mental health conditions.
Keep your Lexapro tablets in the blister pack until it's time to take them. Storing them in a cool dry place can help them keep their potency.
- How Do I Get Lexapro?
You need a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional to get Lexapro. It's available at many pharmacies and is covered by most insurance and Medicare plans. When getting the less-expensive, generic version of Lexapro, you are likely to get full coverage. Don't have insurance coverage? No worries, since at Nurx™ we can help you get access to Escitalopram (the generic version) without spending too much money. One of our licensed medical professionals can write you a prescription if Escitalopram is the right fit for you.
- What Precautions Should I Take When Taking Lexapro?
When taking Lexapro, make sure you tell your doctor if you're experiencing increased feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts. They can help you adjust your dosage or find another medication that serves you better. If you have a history of seizure disorder or mania, let your doctor know before taking Lexapro. You should also let your doctor know if you are pregnant, become pregnant, or are nursing.
While on Lexapro, consuming alcohol or over-the-counter drugs may lead to complications. Always err on the side of caution when taking any kind of antidepressant and communicate openly with your healthcare provider. Be sure to tell your doctor of any medication allergies you have as well as if you are taking other medications, such as other antidepressants, medicines for anxiety or mood disorders, blood thinners, or migraine medication. If you find that Lexapro isn't the right treatment plan for you, let your doctor help you gradually decrease your dosage to avoid adverse side effects of sudden discontinuation.
- What Are the Side Effects of Lexapro?
Although Lexapro can significantly improve your mental health and prevent migraines, it's important to be aware of potential side effects. Common side effects include dry mouth, loss of appetite, nausea, trouble sleeping, constipation, drowsiness, tiredness, dizziness, and increased sweating. If these side effects worsen or continue to happen while taking Lexapro, let your doctor know right away.
Like most drugs, Lexapro can cause serious side effects in a portion of people who take it. If you're experiencing a decreased interest in sex, changes in your sexual abilities, or you bruise or bleed easily, contact your doctor immediately. Likewise, get medical help if you are experiencing severe side effects, like black or bloody stool, a fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, vomiting, seizures, vision changes, confusion, fever, speech difficulties, and eye pain or swelling.
Taking Lexapro can also increase your risk of developing serotonin syndrome, painful erections, or serious allergic reactions. Keep in mind that these side effects are rare.
- Can I Take Lexapro With Other Medications?
According to the Mayo Clinic, taking Lexapro with other medications can lead to interactions. That's why it's so important to let your doctor know about any medications you may be taking. They can switch your prescriptions or adjust your doses accordingly. In most cases, you shouldn't take Lexapro with pimozide (Orap), citalopram (Celexa), and MAO inhibitors, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine. There may be additional medications that also cause interactions with Lexapro. Keeping track of what you take can help you safely continue treatment.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Lexapro Through Nurx?
Although we don't offer the name-brand Lexapro, we do prescribe Escitalopram. This generic alternative is just as effective since it has all the same active ingredients as Lexapro. The best part is, generic medications can save you some money while still helping you prevent migraines before they occur. Sign up for our services to get connected with one of our licensed medical professionals. They will assess whether this is the right medication for you.
- Can I Buy This Drug Online Through Nurx?
At Nurx, we prescribe the generic equivalent of Lexapro, called Escitalopram. If you're interested in this alternative, our team can help you get started. Once you sign up for our services, we ask you to complete a health assessment that one of our healthcare providers will use to create a treatment plan for you. You can enter your insurance information, though uninsured patients can still use our services. If our healthcare providers think Escitalopram is the right migraine treatment for you, they will write you a prescription and we will send it right to your home in discreet packaging.
- How Long Would It Take To Deliver This Drug If I Bought It Online?
Helping you prevent more migraines is our top priority, which is why we try to make our process as seamless as possible. We send all of your prescriptions through USPS, using their one to three-day priority shipping service to give you free and fast delivery. Expect your prescription to arrive within three to five business days after we receive your completed request.
- Who Makes Lexapro?
Lexapro is manufactured and marketed by Forest Laboratories Inc. in partnership with Lundbeck. The generic form, Escitalopram, is produced by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries/IVAX Pharmaceuticals.
- Does Lexapro Make You Gain Weight?
Lexapro is known to cause weight gain in some patients. This may be because Lexapro boosts serotonin, which has an impact on weight control. Patients who use Lexapro for depression and anxiety may see their appetite return. However, when getting treated for migraines, this may not be as prevalent.
- Does Lexapro Make You Tired?
A common side effect of Lexapro is sleepiness. As your body adjusts to this medication, you should no longer feel these side effects. Let your doctor know if feelings of tiredness persist.
- How Should I Take Lexapro?
You can take Lexapro with or without food. For the best results, take your medication at the same time each day. Your doctor may start you at a low dose and then increase it over time. Make sure to consistently take Lexapro and never suddenly stop your dosage. This can lead to serious side effects. Instead, talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have with taking Lexapro.
- What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Lexapro?
Once you realize you missed a dose, take it right away. If it's almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose. Avoid taking extra medication to make up for the dose you missed.
- Is There a Difference Between Lexapro and Celexa?
One difference between Lexapro and Celexa is the way you can take these drugs. With Lexapro, you can take it in both tablet and liquid form. Celexa is offered only in tablet form. These drugs have different active ingredients but are both intended to treat depression and other conditions. Your doctor may prescribe you Lexapro or Celexa to prevent migraines.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.For more information and to sign up, visit www.nurx.com and follow us @nurxapp on Twitter and Instagram.