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    Escitalopram Oxalate

    Information about Escitalopram Oxalate

    Escitalopram oxalate uses

    Escitalopram Oxalate is used in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobia and post traumatic stress disorder.

    How escitalopram oxalate works

    Escitalopram Oxalate is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

    Common side effects of escitalopram oxalate

    Low sexual desire, Delayed ejaculation, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Vomiting, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Nausea, Weight gain, Erectile dysfunction, Stomach upset

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    Expert advice for Escitalopram Oxalate

    • Escitalopram Oxalate effectively treats a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorders.
    • It is one of the most well tolerated antidepressant.
    • It can take 2-3 weeks for Escitalopram Oxalate to start working.
    • It may cause lesser sexual dysfunction than other similar medications.
    • Take it in the morning since it can keep you awake if taken late at night.
    • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
    • The addiction/dependence potential of Escitalopram Oxalate is very less.
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Escitalopram Oxalate

    Escitalopram Oxalate

    Q. How does Escitalopram Oxalate work?

    Escitalopram Oxalate works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with coffee?

    There is usually no significant effect of taking coffee with Escitalopram Oxalate but a very high quantity of consumption of coffee may cause restlessness and anxiety.

    Q. Is Escitalopram Oxalate addictive?

    No. Escitalopram Oxalate is not addictive. Its abrupt discontinuation may cause some withdrawal symptoms. But still is not addictive as there is no drug-seeking behaviour and it has no abuse liability.

    Q. Why does Escitalopram Oxalate cause nausea?

    Escitalopram Oxalate increases the activity of serotonin a chemical which is also involved in the vomiting process so makes the person nauseating.

    Q. Why does Escitalopram Oxalate make me tired?

    Tiredness is usually associated with depression. Escitalopram Oxalate can alter the sleep quality and can make the person feel tired most of the time.

    Q. Can I use Escitalopram Oxalate for a migraine?

    Escitalopram Oxalate is not approved for the treatment of a migraine. It is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    Q. Can I use Escitalopram Oxalate for bipolar disorder?

    Escitalopram Oxalate should not be used for the treatment of bipolar disorder as it can aggravate the problem. Only in few cases, it can be used that too with caution with other drugs if depression is the more persistent feature of person's bipolar illness. But the person should be very regular with drugs prescribed for the mania part also called mood stabilisers.

    Q. Does Escitalopram Oxalate cause hair loss?

    There are some case reports of hair loss with the use of Escitalopram Oxalate. It is very infrequent and it usually stops after the discontinuation of the drug. It can be very distressing for a person, especially for the females. So a person should tell his doctor if he is having hair loss with the use of Escitalopram Oxalate.

    Q. Can I use Escitalopram Oxalate for sleep problem?

    Escitalopram Oxalate may itself cause sleep disorders. So it is not recommended for the sleep problem.

    Q. Can I use Escitalopram Oxalate for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

    Escitalopram Oxalate can be used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) but there are better alternatives available, in case they don't work then Escitalopram Oxalate can be used. Although it is prescribed in a higher dose and for longer duration in case of OCD in comparison to depression.

    Q. Which is better medication, Escitalopram Oxalate or sertraline?

    Escitalopram Oxalate is the safest drug in its class. Sertraline can be used in case Escitalopram Oxalate doesn't work for depression. However, setraline can be preferred in case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    Q. Which is better medication, Escitalopram Oxalate or citalopram?

    Escitalopram Oxalate is more effective than citalopram for major depression. Although some studies have shown that there is no difference among two in case of effectiveness but some recent studies have shown Escitalopram Oxalate to be superior to citalopram for major depression.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with diphenhydramine?

    It is better to avoid diphenhydramine with Escitalopram Oxalate. Diphenhydramine can aggravate side effects of Escitalopram Oxalate and can cause dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with aspirin?

    It is usually avoided as it can increase the chances of bleeding.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with Ibuprofen?

    No. Combined these two drugs may increase the chances of bleeding especially in persons already on a blood thinner. Nasal bleeding is usually the first symptom.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with methylphenidate?

    It is better to avoid methylphenidate with Escitalopram Oxalate. Because methylphenidate can increase the blood levels of Escitalopram Oxalate and its effects and rarely can cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome with symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, extreme changes in heart rate and blood pressure, blurred vision, incoordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.

    Q. Can Escitalopram Oxalate be given with lisdexamfetamine?

    It is better to avoid this combined therapy of lisdexamfetamine with Escitalopram Oxalate, it leads to increased anxiety, restlessness and sometimes serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome includes vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme changes in blood pressure and even seizure may occur. It can be life-threatening.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with alprazolam?

    It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with clonazepam?

    It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.

    Q. Can Escitalopram Oxalate be used with hydrocodone?

    It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate with dextromethorphan?

    You should not take Dextromethorphan with Escitalopram Oxalate. It can lead to the seotonin syndrome. Before taking any medications with Escitalopram Oxalate, your should consult with your doctor.

    Q. Can I take Escitalopram Oxalate and paracetamol?

    Yes. There is no known interaction between Escitalopram Oxalate and paracetamol.

    Q. How does Escitalopram Oxalate differ from fluoxetine?

    Escitalopram Oxalate and fluoxetin belongs to same class of medicine called as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

    Q. How doses Escitalopram Oxalate differ from amitriptyline?

    Escitalopram Oxalate is a newer drug belongs to class selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) while amitryptiline is an older drug belonging to class tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Both drugs are almost equally effective for treating depression but Escitalopram Oxalate has much lesser side effects in comparison to amitryptiline and so preferred over amitryptiline for the treatment of depression.

    Q. How does Escitalopram Oxalate differ from imipramine?

    Escitalopram Oxalate is much safer than imipramine and is preferred in most of the conditions over imipramine. However, imipramine can be preferred in bed-wetting in children.

    Q. What would happen if I stop taking Escitalopram Oxalate?

    You may experience withdrawal symptoms which can be in the form flu like symptoms, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, nausea or sleep problems. These symptoms usually last for one to two weeks. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.

    Q. When and How to stop Escitalopram Oxalate?

    You should consult your doctor before stopping the treatment. It would depend on the number and severity of depressive episodes.The dose should be tapered slowly to prevent intense withdrawal symptoms.

    Q. Is Escitalopram Oxalate a benzodiazepine?

    No. Escitalopram Oxalate is not a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines decrease the anxiety and induce sleep. Escitalopram Oxalate belongs to the class of selective sertonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It may cause insomnia and restlessness initially as the side effect which usually goes away with time.

    Q. Is Escitalopram Oxalate a narcotic?

    No. Escitalopram Oxalate is not a narcotic drug. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 26 November, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)