Lexapro is a selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which means that it has the ability to increase the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain which assists in changing moods;
namely bringing on feelings of peace or happiness; in any event, a general lightening of mood.
It’s considered to be cleaner than other antidepressants such as Celaxa because of the fewer side effects.
Lexapro is designed to help people deal with their depression and anxiety disorders.
It’s a different kind of anti-depressant, anti-anxiety drug because of its make-up; it is a single molecule make-up which means fewer and lighter side effects to deal with.
This makes it more appealing to the general consumer as well as having the ability to be more freely prescribed to people who may otherwise have a negative reaction to anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety drugs.
For example, Lexapro can be administered to twelve to seventeen year olds where other anti-depression, anti-anxiety drugs cannot because of the side effects and other problems (mainly the increased risk of thoughts of suicide which is a side effect you always have to watch for when administering antidepressants to youth.)
Lexapro is mainly used to treat depression, but it can also be used to treat anxiety attacks.
This is because the same imbalance of chemicals which causes depression are involved in anxiety attacks.
Lexapro helps bring these chemicals back down to normal levels and so people have found a diminishing in their anxiety symptoms as well as the symptoms for depression.
For this reason, you may be prescribed Lexapro for your panic attacks and general anxiety disorder even if you are not depressed, (although having GAD-general anxiety disorder-can be depressing for many people anyway.) Lexapro can handle both problems at once.
Currently, in the United States, there is no ‘generic’ Lexapro available yet.
This is because the drug is manufactured by Forest Laboratories and they hold the patent on it until the earliest date of 2012.
While there are ‘generic’ brands of Lexapro that are available online, most doctor advise against buying it because there’s no way of knowing exactly what you’re going to get.
Some of them could be substandard, dangerous, or not even the real drug, but a placebo.
When the Forest Laboratories releases its patent on the drug, then other companies will be able to manufacture it and there will be a generic brand of Lexapro on the market.
For now, you have to purchase the drug from the company itself or just wait until it comes out in a generic form and is thus cheaper as different companies compete for business.
Lexapro is a moderately expensive drug; it goes for about $2.85/pill in a drugstore and it’s very hard to find it online without the worrisome ‘generic’ attached to it.
Since the release of generic Lexapro isn’t slated until 2012, most ‘generic’ Lexapro online is not the real deal at all, but is either substandard, a placebo, or simply not FDA approved which could cause problems for users. However, you can find the drug from Forest Laboratories in drugstores.
Lexapro is a very good drug to use in order to keep depression and generalized anxiety disorder under control.
It has fewer, milder side effects than other antidepressants and is viewed to be favorable in effectiveness by many patients. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety and you’re having trouble finding drugs that work, ask your doctor about Lexapro.
Please not that this article was for general information purposes and was not intended to diagnose or treat anything. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, talk to your doctor about a solution.