Escitalopram is a type of anti-depressant. It is inexpensive drug used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. It belongs to the group of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Adults and children age 12 to 17 years of age can use this drug. The depressed mood interfere with the normal routine. Many symptoms may express depression, such as
Other symptoms in anxiety disorder are;
Escitalopram is in a class of anti-depressant called (SSRIs). Neuro-transmitters are present at the junction in two nerve cell. They help carry messages between the cells. One cell releases and other cell absorbs the serotonin to pass the message. Sometimes, first cell reabsorbs a little serotonin. This disturbs the chemical balance of serotonin. Above drug restore the balance of the serotonin. Serotonin is a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance. This improves your mental health condition enough to do your usual activities.
It is available in the form of tablet of strength 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg. Doctors decide the strength depending upon your condition like
Adult dosage (age 18-64 years) – 10 to 20 mg one time every day
Child dosage (12-17 years) – 10 to 20 mg one time every day.
Child dosage (0 to 11 years) – No strong proof available regarding its safety in people of this age limit.
Dosage above 65 years- The processing of the drug is slow at this age. So the drug remains for long time in the body. This increases the risk of side effects. The doctor may use a lower dose or different medication schedule.
Precautions to take note of:
Brand Lexapro, Cipralex contain escitalopram. It is easily available in the market. Difference between the prices is due to brand name, packaging and pricing. Both work effectively as an anti-depressant drug. Cost of generic drug is cheaper than brand ones.
Cost of per pill of generic drug is
$0.2 for 5 mg,
$ 0.4 for 10 mg and
$ 0.8 for 20 mg.
Cost of brand Lexapro is
$ 6.33 for 5 mg,
$6.93 for 10 mg and
20 mg for $7.43.