When to Avoid Escitalopram

Who Should Not Take Escitalopram?

You should not take escitalopram if:
  • You are allergic to escitalopram oxalate, Lexapro, or any inactive components used to make escitalopram. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make escitalopram.
  • Are taking linezolid (Zyvox®) or intravenous methylene blue. Escitalopram should not be started in people taking linezolid or IV methylene blue, but a person already taking escitalopram may be given linezolid or methylene blue, if absolutely necessary, and only with very careful monitoring and only if escitalopram is stopped during treatment.


  • You have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. MAOIs include:




Escitalopram Precautions and Warnings: Summary

There are a number of situations in which escitalopram should not be taken, as well as a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of with escitalopram. However, it is possible that not all of the precautions and warnings for escitalopram were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the escitalopram warnings or precautions that may apply to you.
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