What Is the Difference Between Escitalopram & Lexapro?

What Is the Difference Between Escitalopram & Lexapro?

History and use

Also known as escitalopram oxalate, Lexapro was created by Forest Laboratories. Lexapro is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). Forest Laboratories Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as FRX.

Dosage and appearance

A prescription-only medication, the daily dosage of Lexapro is one 10 or 20 mg tablet. Lexapro is a round, white tablet with F | L (separated by a vertical line) on one side and the number of milligrams on the other side (10 or 20).


Serotonin selective re-uptake inhibitors, also known as SSRIs, work by balancing the levels of the neurochemical serotonin. It is believed that the neurotransmitter serotonin is partially responsible for mood. By keeping serotonin levels elevated in the brain, SSRIs like Lexapro are reported to enhance well being and decrease (or stop) panic attacks. Other widely prescribed SSRIs include Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Side effects

Lexapro has minimal side effects. In some cases, individuals experience no adverse effects at all. The most common side effects from Lexapro include nausea, difficulty sleeping, headaches, drowsiness, excess sweating, decreased sex drive and difficulty with orgasm.


Lexapro is not approved for children under 12. Alert your doctor and pharmacist to the drugs you take, both prescription and over-the-counter. Lexapro is safe to take with food. Blood thinners, diuretics, other psychiatric/neurological drugs and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may cause serious, potentially life-threatening conditions when taken with Lexapro. Escitalopram and Lexapro are the same drug; Lexapro is simply the marketed name of the drug. A member of the serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of medicine, the drug is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.