Escitalopram is an active ingredient used in different medicine that treats depression and anxiety. It is the active S-stereoisomer of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor citalopram with an antidepressant, anti-obsessive-compulsive and antibulimic properties. The ingredient inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin at the serotonin reuptake pump of the neuronal membrane of the presynaptic cell. So as to increase the levels of 5-HT within the synaptic cleft and enhancing the actions of serotonin on autoreceptors.
Class of Drugs – A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Molecular Formula – C20H21FN2O
Molecular Weight - 324.4 g/mol
Working: This active component affects neurotransmitters in the brain. These are the chemical messengers in the brain that nerves use to communicate with one another. They are made and released by nerves and then travel to other nerves. They attach to receptors on the nerves. The medicine helps to prevent the reuptake of serotonin, which results in more serotonin in the brain to attach to receptors.
Uses: The given medication Escitalopram is used to treat depression and anxiety. It belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It also helps to improve the energy level and feelings of well-being and decrease nervousness.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This SSRI drug is indicated to treat depression. Escitalopram is available in different brands as follow:
- Lexapro: 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg
Do not consume this pill in excess than prescribed by the doctor.