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Revised: 1/2021

The information on this sheet is based on approvals granted by the Japanese regulatory authority. Approval details may vary by country. Medicines have adverse reactions (risks) as well as efficacies (benefits). It is important to minimize adverse reactions and maximize efficacy. To obtain a better therapeutic response, patients should understand their medication and cooperate with the treatment.
Brand name :
LEXAPRO Tablets 10mg
 Active ingredient:
Escitalopram oxalate
 Dosage form:
white oval tablet with split line (major axis: approx. 10.0mm, minor axis: approx. 4.6mm, thickness: approx. 3.3mm)
 Print on wrapping:
(Face)レクサプロ10mg, MO183 (Back)レクサプロ10mg, LEXAPRO 10mg

Effects of this medicine

This medicine selectively inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and increases serotonergic activity in the brain, thereby making neurotransmission smooth, alleviating depressive mood, and improving symptoms such as anxiety.
It is usually used for treatment of depression, depressed state and social anxiety disorder.

Before using this medicine, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist

  • If you have previously experienced any allergic reactions (itch, rash, etc.) to any medicines.
    If you are within 14 days after stopping monoamine oxidase inhibitor medication.
    If you have QT interval prolongation (congenital long QT syndrome etc.), arrhythmia such as bradycardia or its history, congestive heart failure, hypokalemia, liver dysfunction, renal dysfunction, suicidal thoughts/suicide attempt or its history, bipolar illness (also called manic-depressive illness), predisposition of organic brain disorder or schizophrenia, highly impulsive comorbid disorders, convulsive disorders such as epilepsy or its history, bleeding tendency or suspected hemorrhagic disorders, angle-closure glaucoma.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking any other medicinal products. (Some medicines may interact to enhance or diminish medicinal effects. Beware of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements as well as other prescription medicines.)

Dosing schedule (How to take this medicine)

  • Your dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor is ((        to be written by a healthcare professional))
  • In general, for adults, take 1 tablet (10 mg of escitalopram) at a time once a day, after dinner. The dosage should be adjusted at intervals of 1 week or more according to your age and symptoms. The maximum daily dosage is 2 tablets (20 mg) once a day. Strictly follow the instructions.
  • If you miss a dose, take a dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. You should never take two doses at one time.
  • If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Sudden discontinuation of the medicine may cause adverse symptoms (anxiety, restless feeling, agitation, dizziness, paraesthesia, headache, nausea).

Precautions while taking this medicine

  • Sleepiness or dizziness may occur after taking the medicine. Be aware of operating dangerous machinery such as driving a car.
  • Alcohol may intensify medicine's effect. Avoid alcohol during medication.
  • St. John's wort may intensify the action on serotonin. Avoid eating any food product containing St. John's wort.
  • The following symptoms may appear: anxiety, irritability, impatient, excitability, panic attacks, insomnia, disturbance in mood or body with the slightest stimulations, animosity, aggression, impulsive behavior, restlessness, continued abnormally elated mood, etc. If any of these symptoms is observed, consult a physician.

Possible adverse reactions to this medicine

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include sleepiness, nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, malaise, rash, eczema, hives, itch, anaphylactic reaction and angioedema. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The symptoms described below are rarely seen as initial symptoms of the adverse reactions indicated in brackets. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately.
  • convulsive constriction of the muscle [convulsion]
  • headache, lack of the concentration, convulsion [the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion(SIADH)]
  • anxiety, agitation, limb tremor [serotonin syndrome]
  • chest pain/uneasiness in the chest, loss of consciousness, palpitation, shortness of breath [QT prolongation, ventricular tachycardia (including Torsades de pointes)]
The above symptoms do not describe all the adverse reactions to this medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any symptoms of concern other than those listed above.

Storage conditions and other information

  • Keep out of the reach of children. Store away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.
  • Discard the remainder. Do not store them. If you dispose of unused medicines, seek advice of your pharmacist about proper disposal of them.
  • Family members are advised to remain in close contact with a physician since patients may show behavioral changes such as suicidal wish or aggression, or worsening of depression or depressive states etc.

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For further information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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