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 of depression and also relieves symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
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 once the medicine is discontinued. If the hair loss does not improve, it is advised that you consult your doctor as it can be very distressing for a person.
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 taking Escitalopram Oxalate even if you feel well. Stopping the medicine suddenly may cause serious withdrawal symptoms. If you feel well, talk to your doctor who will probably decrease your dose gradually.
Q. Can the use of Escitalopram Oxalate cause sleepiness?
Yes, Escitalopram Oxalate can make you feel sleepy. Do not drive, operate machinery, work at heights, or participate in potentially dangerous activities, until you know how this medicine affects you, especially at the beginning of your treatment.
Q. Can Escitalopram Oxalate cause abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia?
Escitalopram Oxalate has been found to cause prolongation of the QT interval (a type of ECG abnormality) that can lead to arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat or heart rhythm), which can be dangerous. However, this is very rare according to scientific research reports. Moreover, abnormal electrolyte levels (such as potassium and magnesium) may also increase the risk of abnormalities in the heartbeat of people suffering from heart problems. Such people must have an ECG review, before as well as during treatment with Escitalopram Oxalate. However, the final decision to treat a person with Escitalopram Oxalate will be made by your doctor after analyzing your health conditions and considering all possible risks and benefits of this medicine.
Q. Is Escitalopram Oxalate better taken at night or in the morning?
It is usually recommended to take Escitalopram Oxalate once a day in the morning since it can keep you awake if taken late at night. You can take it with or without food. You should prefer taking it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 12th May 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.