Escitalopram

Active ingredient: Escitalopram

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What is escitalopram?

Escitalopram is a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is used to treat depression and some other illnesses.

Find out more about:

If you are starting escitalopram, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.

You can also read more about depression and the options for treating it.

For more information

The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of escitalopram is available from our website or a pharmacist. The CMI includes:

  • how to take this medicine
  • what to do if you forget to take it
  • if you take too much (overdose)
  • things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
  • signs of severe reactions and what to do.
References
  • Australian Medicines Handbook 2015. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd; 2015 January. [Online].
  • Psychotropic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic, Version 6. In: eTG complete [CD-ROM]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2008.
  • Williams JW Jr, Mulrow CD, Chiquette E, et al. A systematic review of newer pharmacotherapies for depression in adults: evidence report summary. Ann Intern Med 2000;132:743–56. [PubMed]
  • Lundbeck Australia Pty Ltd. Lexapro consumer medicine information. March 2011. (Accessed 22 March 2012).
  • National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK). Depression: the treatment and management of depression in adults (updated edition). Leicester (UK): British Psychological Society, 2010. [PubMed].

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