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Lexapro..What is it good for?
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:48:09 PM »
Im just curious what lexapro works for
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Re: Lexapro..What is it good for?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 04:21:58 PM »
its a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. (SSRI)

SSRIs are believed to increase the extracellular level of the neurotransmitter serotonin by inhibiting its reuptake into the presynaptic cell, increasing the level of serotonin in the synaptic cleft available to bind to the postsynaptic receptor. They have varying degrees of selectivity for the other monoamine transporters, with pure SSRIs having only weak affinity for the noradrenaline and dopamine transporter.
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Re: Lexapro..What is it good for?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 08:42:20 PM »
Hi LK...

Lexapro is an anti-depressant and classified as a selective serotonin reputake inhibitors (SSRI).  FDA approved usage for Lexapro (escitalopram) includes acute and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder in adults and in adolescents 12 to 17 years of age.  It is also indicated for the acute treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults.  Off label treatment (not approved by the FDA) includes social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and bipolar depression.

SSRI's such as Lexapro not only increase extracellular levels of serotonin, they also encourage the growth of new brain cells in the two hippocampus areas of the brain, to replace those damaged/killed by chronic stress hormone exposure. This is why anti-depressants take time to work.  Degrees of improvement are usually seen between 3 and 12 weeks of treatment.

I hope this helps to further answer your question, LK.  The very best to you!...  Chuck
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