Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor SSRI antidepressant. This drug is used to treat major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents at least 12 years old. Escitalopram is also used to treat anxiety in adults. Escitalopram may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine you also take pimozide or citalopram (Celexa).
Do not use escitalopram within 14 days before or 14 days after you have used an MAO inhibitor, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.