FDA approved

Generic for Lexapro®Escitalopram

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Getting psychiatric care for anxiety and depression has never been more convenient. Consult with a healthcare provider through our platform to determine whether a medication like escitalopram could be right for you.


  • Prescribed by a healthcare provider experienced in treating anxiety & depression, if appropriate
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  • Free dosage adjustments

What is escitalopram?

Escitalopram is a prescription drug and an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that helps balance a chemical naturally found in the brain called serotonin. The Food and Drug Administration first approved escitalopram in 2002 and it is the generic name for the brand name Lexapro®.

Escitalopram uses

Escitalopram is FDA approved for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD).

How escitalopram works

Escitalopram increases levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin in the brain. Like other SSRIs, citalopram lowers the level of serotonin that neurons reabsorb, which results in more free serotonin in the brain. For some, this can ease their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Escitalopram drug interactions

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, such as linezolid, phenelzine, etc), increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a mild to life-threatening build up of serotonin in the system. Similarly, escitalopram can interact with other agents that affect serotonin in the brain, such as tricyclic antidepressants, certain pain medications, supplements that contain St. John's Wort or tryptophan. Be prepared to share all prescription and over the counter medications, as well as any other products you take, with your provider.

* Only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a healthcare provider.

* Controlled substances such as Xanax and Adderall are not available through our platform.

* This page has been medically reviewed by Sylvia Valadez, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC.

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Escitalopram Generic for Lexapro®

How to get escitalopram online with Hers

1. Simple consultation

Complete an online mental health assessment and intake form, then connect with a healthcare provider through our platform.

2. Free delivery

Get escitalopram shipped to you for free, if prescribed.

3. Ongoing support

Enjoy secure, ongoing support 100% online—including refills and unlimited dosage adjustments.

What’s an SSRI?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant that work by increasing levels of a mood-affecting chemical called serotonin in the brain which helps to improve your symptoms. Nice, right?

The science of escitalopram

Your brain naturally produces chemicals that make you feel good, like serotonin. Escitalopram keeps neurons from reabsorbing this chemical so that you have more of it available in your brain. Long story short? This can help to relieve symptoms of depression.


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Potential escitalopram side effects

The most common side effects of escitalopram include nausea, sleepiness, weakness, dizziness, feeling anxious, trouble sleeping, sexual problems, sweating, shaking, not feeling hungry, dry mouth, constipation, infection, and yawning. Talk to your provider about side effects and other drug information.


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Over 75% of Hers customers who checked in with their provider reported improvements in their mental health symptoms.*

* Results vary. Data were self-reported between 11/26/2021 and 08/01/2022 by Hers customers who 1) signed up between 11/04/2021 and 05/04/2022; 2) were prescribed antidepressant medication by a provider after their first consultation on the Hers platform; and 3) had an active subscription for such psychiatric medication through the Hers platform within 90 days after signing up.

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Frequently asked questions about escitalopram

How long does it take for escitalopram (generic for Lexapro®) to work?

Escitalopram was shown to be effective as a treatment for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in clinical trials lasting 8 weeks. If you are not feeling any improvement in your condition, you should consult your healthcare provider. You should not discontinue your medication until you speak with your healthcare provider.

What are the escitalopram dosage options?

Escitalopram is prescribed in strengths of 5mg, 10mg and 20mg tablets.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for escitalopram?

You will need to consult with a healthcare provider, who can evaluate you and determine if escitalopram is appropriate.

How do I take escitalopram?

Escitalopram should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. Escitalopram should not be stopped without first consulting with a healthcare provider, as stopping too quickly could cause serious symptoms.

Who cannot or should not take escitalopram?

Examples include but are not limited to: people with a known allergy to escitalopram, citalopram or any of its active ingredients, people with severe renal impairment, and people on MAOIs.

What are the more serious side effects of escitalopram?

Like other antidepressant medications, escitalopram comes with the chance of some serious adverse effects. Serious side effects may include:
  • increased bleeding
  • low sodium blood levels (headache and weakness)
  • Seizure
  • angle closure glaucoma
  • teeth grinding
  • serotonin syndrome
If you experience any worsening or serious adverse events, seek medical advice.

Can I buy escitalopram online?

Escitalopram may be prescribed, if appropriate, via the hers online psychiatry platform.

Does escitalopram cause weight gain?

Many commonly prescribed antidepressants, such as escitalopram, venlafaxine, paroxetine, fluoxetine and sertraline can lead to an increased risk of weight gain.

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Important safety information

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Important safety information

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* Controlled substances, including amphetamines (such as Adderall) or benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium) are not available through our platform.