PDR Health



Lexapro is a medication that is prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. It is a part of the group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro works by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain.

Side Effects:

The most common side effects of Lexapro are:



-upset stomach


-dry mouth


If you experience any of these side effects, it is important to contact your doctor. Lexapro may also cause more serious side effects, such as:



-trouble sleeping

-panic attacks




-severe restlessness

-acting without thinking

These side effects can be dangerous and should be reported to your doctor immediately. If you experience any other unusual side effects while taking Lexapro, it is important to contact your doctor.


The usual starting dose of Lexapro is 10 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase your dose if necessary. The maximum recommended dose is 20 mg per day.

Lexapro should be taken with food.

If you miss a dose of Lexapro, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular schedule. Do not take two doses of Lexapro at the same time.


Lexapro should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep Lexapro out of the reach of children and pets.


Lexapro can cause serious side effects. If you experience any of the above side effects, it is important to contact your doctor immediately. Lexapro may also interact with other medications, so it is important to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. Lexapro should not be taken if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.