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Lexapro (brand name for escitalopram) is an antidepressant medication that has been approved for the treatment of certain types of depression and anxiety disorders.
It is from a group of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and the medication works by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain and nerves. Increased levels of serotonin can decrease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, hence its use by patients experiencing these conditions.
The drug is available as an oral tablet or oral liquid solution and is approved for use in adults and children who are 12 years and older.
Lexapro can be made available via an online prescription so you should speak to one of our healthcare providers if you think this drug might be right for you.
The drug can take around 4 to 6 weeks before the full effects are experienced although you may experience positive effects earlier. Such effects can include improved energy levels, decreased nervousness, and positive mental well-being.
What is Lexapro Prescribed For?
Lexapro is prescribed to patients who are experiencing depression and/or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Healthcare professionals may prescribe Lexapro for other conditions if they feel it might be helpful. Such conditions can include:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and migraines.
Lexapro is often prescribed as a short-term treatment as it can help people who are experiencing worry or depression for specific reasons, such as grief after losing a loved one. But for those who experience anxiety or depression for longer periods, perhaps because they have specific disorders, Lexapro can be prescribed for a longer term, perhaps even indefinitely.
How Does Lexapro Work?
After taking Lexapro, your body will metabolize it and change your brain function in a matter of hours. You might even start to experience the physiological effects of the drug immediately.
Like other SSRIs, Lexapro works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. It does this by blocking the reabsorption of serotonins into neurons and this permits more serotonin to be available in the nerve cells that are located in the mood center of the brain. Thanks to this improved connection between brain cells, the user will experience a greater feeling of overall wellness.
What Are The Side Effects of Lexapro?
Common side effects of Lexapro include:
Headaches; nausea, increased sweating, feelings of nervousness, restlessness, dry mouth, diarrhea, fatigue, and insomnia.
These are only short-term effects so they should become less apparent after the first week or two of taking the medication. If these effects persist, you should speak to your doctor.
More serious side effects can include:
Sexual dysfunction; fainting; an irregular heartbeat; changes in vision; and a condition known as serotonin toxicity.
This is not a complete list but if you are worried about the side effects of Lexapro, you should speak to your healthcare provider before you take the medication. You should also speak to them if you become unwell after taking the drugs, be that in the ways we have mentioned or because of another side effect.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lexapro (Escitalopram)
How to Take Lexapro?
You should take Lexapro exactly as your doctor tells you and you should follow all of the directions on the attached label.
Lexapro should be taken at the same time each day. If you have trouble sleeping at night, you should take Lexapro in the morning. It can be taken with or without food.
If you are taking the liquid form of this medication, you should carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device or spoon (not a common household spoon as you may not get the right dose).
What to Avoid While Taking Lexapro?
As Lexapro can affect your mental alertness, you should avoid activities such as driving or operating dangerous machinery if you start to feel drowsy or fatigued.
As alcohol can affect your ability to concentrate, you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
You should also refrain from any other type of substance, such as an illegal drug, that can affect your mental alertness.
What Is the Normal Prescription for Lexapro?
The dosage for Lexapro will differ among patients.
The usual dosage is 10mg but your healthcare provider might start you on a lower dose. If necessary, you may be prescribed a larger dose at a maximum of 20 mg.
Once you start to feel better, you should continue to take Lexapro at the recommended dose as symptoms of your condition could return. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to stop taking the medication. They will usually recommend you reduce your dose over a number of weeks before ending your prescription.
Can You Get Lexapro Over the Counter?
No, Lexapro is only available by prescription so you cannot buy it over the counter.
Can You Get a Lexapro Prescription Online?
Yes, you can receive an online prescription for Lexapro (escitalopram) from DrHouse if deemed appropriate by our providers. After a comprehensive review of your medical history and current mental health condition, our licensed physicians may prescribe Lexapro, a medication commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.
For more detailed information about Lexapro (escitalopram), you can refer to the following sources:
- Lexapro prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Lexapro, Drugs.com.
- Escitalopram, MedlinePlus
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.