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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro®) for the treatment of both generalized anxiety disorder and depression. As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, this medicine works by blocking the reuptake of serotonin, a brain chemical. This causes more to remain in the space between nerve cells, which often results in an improvement in symptoms.
 
This medication is available as both a tablet and a liquid, and is generally taken once a day. Follow your healthcare provider's directions during treatment, as escitalopram oxalate will not work if you stop taking it or take it incorrectly. You may also want to review side effects to be aware of during treatment.
 
(Click Escitalopram for more info on this topic, including factors that can affect your dose, what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, important safety precautions, and more.)
 
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