‹< Lexapro’s Pharmacology |
|US brand name: Lexapro|
| Generic name: escitalopram |
Lexapro is probably the best-tolerated and most effective SSRI currently on the market. Mainly because it’s just a little better than Celexa (citalopram). Celexa was chosen as the first antidepressant used in the massive STAR*D study for being the best-tolerated SSRI and was considered the most effective. Lexapro was too new at the time. Is Celexa really more effective than all the other SSRIs? Yes, but not by all that much. It did rather well in the STAR*D study, with almost half the people responding, but a third of them relapsing. However, by sucking a lot less than the others, people keep taking Celexa and that makes it far more effective in the long run. The same is true for Lexapro. It sucks less, so people keep taking it.
Another thing Lexapro does well is preventing relapses.
Outside of the US Lexapro, as Cipralex and other brand names, is approved for a lot of conditions in the panic-anxiety spectrum. The data in some of the clinical trials I could find seem a bit dodgy, but there is no doubt that Lexapro works for most anxiety conditions. This raises a bit of a conundrum. I’d like to see a streamlining of the approval process for meds with overseas approvals. If a drug is already approved in the US, as Lexapro is, and is approved to treat other conditions in places like the UK, the EU, Canada, Australia, and Japan1, it should be really easy to get the med approved by the FDA to treat those conditions. The EU has higher standards than the US to get a med approved - the main one being not using a placebo to compare a new med with, but an existing med used to treat whatever the new med treats. But if the overseas approval is a little hinky, then it’s not much different from what happens here sometimes. Then again, if the med works and it’s not killing anyone, it’s a good thing, right? It’s like what you see on cop shows all the time. With nothing more than a hunch and tip from an unreliable source, some cops break down some doors and destroy a meth lab. Nobody wants meth labs in their neighborhood, but they don’t want the cops breaking down doors whenever they feel like it.
Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)
Available in the US as a generic? Yes
Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)
In the US:
5 mg tablets , 10 mg tablets , 20 mg tablets , oral solution
Most EU countries have both tablets and capsules, a 15mg tablet/capsule, and premeasured 1ml, 5ml, 10ml and 20ml dosages of the oral solution.
There’s an orally dissoluble (Cipralex orodispersible) tablet available in Sweden and the UK.
Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability
Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).
Available as Lexapro in These Countries
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
Available as Generic Escitalopram in These Countries
Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, the EU.
Transliterated, Overseas Trade and Branded Generic Names
- Argentina: Esertia , Meridian
- Australia: Esipram , Esitalo , Lexam , Loxalate
- Chile: CELTIUM , ECIPRAX , ECTIBAN , IPRAN , NEOPRESOL , NEOZENTIUS , REPOSIL , ZEPAZ Comprimidos
- Spain: Esertia
- essitalopraami is Finnish for escitalopram
Full US PI sheet, Global SPCs & PILs, Other Consumer Review & Rating Sites, and Other Sites that may be of Interest
Lexapro’s Full US Prescribing Information / PI Sheet
PI Sheets from Around the World
Rating & Review Sites
Other Sites of Interest
DrugsDB.com Lexapro page
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|Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 16:45:52 by JerodPoore||Page Author Jerod Poore||Date created Sunday, 05 December 2010 at 13:49|
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