Lexapro, the brand-name form of escitalopram,
is a prescription medication used to treat depression and anxiety. Lexapro belongs to
a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which work by increasing
the amount of serotonin. Serotonin is a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain
mental balance. This medication comes in tablet and oral solution forms and is taken once
a day, with or without food. Common side effects of Lexapro include insomnia,
nausea, and tiredness. This medication is only to be used if prescribed by your health
care provider. For RxWiki, I’m Lindsay Morrison.