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    Escitalopram Oxalate

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    Escitalopram oxalate uses

    Escitalopram Oxalate is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive 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

    Delayed ejaculation, Erectile dysfunction, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Low sexual desire, Nausea, Stomach upset, Vomiting, Weight gain
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Expert advice for Escitalopram Oxalate

    • Escitalopram Oxalate effectively treats a variety of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder.
    • 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.
    • It has a lower chance of causing sexual dysfunction than other similar medications.
    • Escitalopram Oxalate, when taken in combination with other medicines like triptans, lithium, and tramadol, leads to high fever, agitation, confusion, and trembling. Consult with your doctor before taking these medicines together with Escitalopram Oxalate. 
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Escitalopram Oxalate

    Escitalopram Oxalate

    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. Why does Escitalopram Oxalate cause nausea?

    Escitalopram Oxalate increases the activity of serotonin, a chemical responsible for inducing vomiting.

    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. How to manage weight gain associated with the use of Escitalopram Oxalate?

    There are reports that suggest that the use of Escitalopram Oxalate can cause weight gain. If you maintain good eating habits and exercise regularly, you might not gain any weight. An important point to remember is that it is easier to prevent weight gain than to lose increased weight.

    Q. Can I stop taking Escitalopram Oxalate when my symptoms are relieved?

    No, you should continue to take Escitalopram Oxalate even if you feel well. If you stop Escitalopram Oxalate suddenly, serious withdrawal symptoms may occur. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.

    Q. Can the use of Escitalopram Oxalate cause sleepiness?

    Yes, Escitalopram Oxalate can make you feel sleepy. At the beginning of your treatment: do not drive, operate machinery, work at heights, or participate in potentially dangerous activities, until you know how this medicine affects you.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)