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Brand Name: Lexapro
Name: Escitalopram oxalate

Pregnancy Category C

Drug classes of Lexapro

Mechanism of action of Lexapro

Acts by inhibiting CNS neuronal uptake of serotonin leading to increased levels of serotonin in the brain. It has little effect on norepinephrine and dopamine.

Indications of Lexapro

Treatment of depression; most effective in patients with major depressive disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Contraindications of Lexapro

Concomitant use in patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) is contraindicated.

Lexapro is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to Escitalopram or citalopram or any of the inactive ingredients in Lexapro.

Caution in the presence of impaired hepatic or renal function, diabetes mellitus, lactation.

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