Important Instructions for Escitalopram

Effects of Escitalopram

Several clinical studies have shown escitalopram to be effective at treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Also, a long-term study has shown that the medication can help to prevent a depression relapse.

When and How to Take It

Some suggestion on how and when to take escitalopram include the following:
  • The medication comes in both tablet and liquid form. It is taken by mouth, usually once a day.
  • If escitalopram makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If it causes insomnia, try taking it in the morning.
  • You can take escitalopram with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Escitalopram should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Escitalopram will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dosage of escitalopram your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Escitalopram Dose for more information.)
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