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  Lexarpo
Drug uses
Lexarpo belongs to the group of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is a medicine used to treat anxiety (e.g. panic attacks),mood disorders including depression and body dysmorphic disorder. Such conditions tend to decrease the amount of serotonin in the brain and Lexarpo prevents this chemical that improve mood from reabsorption back into the nerve cells.
How taken
Lexarpo comes as drops and tablets taken by mouth with/without food.
The conditions Lexarpo is used to treat are chronic ones so the treatment usually lasts for some months.
Doses vary from patient to patient.
Usually it’s taken once every day at approximately the same time (morning or evening).Follow your doctor’s directions when using the medicine.
The average dose for the ones taking Lexarpo is about 10-20 mg a day.
Elder people are to take only 10 mg.
Precautions
1 Tell the doctor if there are any allergies that you have especially the ones to medicines (Lexarpo, Citalopram).
2 Use the dose prescribed by your doctor and do not exceed it.
3 Do not discontinue taking Lexarpo until your doctor tells you to do so, he/she may advise you to do it gradually.
4 It may take some weeks (2-4) before Lexarpo will actually start working.
5 The cases of the use of this medicine by children haven’t been studied properly; they demand more investigation to find out if Lexarpo is safe and effective enough for children.
6 Go on taking the medicine even if you feel better until your doctor tells you so.
7 Inform the specialists before having any kind of surgery about the medicine you are taking.
8 The doctor should know if you have any specific health conditions, in particular the following:
Glaucoma
Suicidal thoughts
Drug/alcohol addiction (or if have ever had)
Convulsions/epilepsy
Kidney/blood clotting/heart/liver/mental health problems
Mania
Diabetes
If you are going through electroconvulsive therapy
Additional control may be needed in cases mentioned above.
9 Do not do any dangerous tasks until you know how your body reacts to the medicine.
10 Inform your doctor if you are taking any medications at the moment or you are going to take some. Attention should be paid to:
Citalopram
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors(if have ever been used)
Blood-thinning medications
Sumatriptan
Linezolid
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
11 Do not drink alcohol beverages as they may aggravate side effects. Avoid heat and dehydration. Do not overeat and try to eat simple food more containing plenty of fibre.
12 Tell the doctor if you are already pregnant or you are going to have a baby. Lexarpo gets into breast milk, that’s why it can not be used during lactation period.
13 The doctor should know if you are still under 18 y.o.
14 Visit your doctor regularly to let him control your progress.
15 In case of feeling drowsy try not to make jerky movements, sit down and get up slowly.
16 Do not share your medicine with anybody else.
Side effects
Side effects are mostly connected with sexual function (impotence, decreased interest in sex) and weight gain. There are as well the following: sickness, sleep disorders, diarrhea, dry mouth, tremor, loss of appetite, constipation, anxiety. They may go away as soon as the body gets used to the medication.
If Lexarpo is used together with or within a fortnight of taking Monoamine Oxidase inhibitor excitement stomach and abdominal pain, confusion, high blood pressure, seizures are observed.
After you stop taking the medicine some side effects may also come out, such as: sweating, tiredness, giddiness, sensitivity to light and noise, sadness, sensations of small electric pulses, flushing, irritation.
If any of the following side effects occur, inform the doctor immediately: heartbeat irregularities, tremor, saliva production increase, fever, seizures, cough allergy (swollen face, troubled breathing), bleeding, high/low blood pressure.
Missed dose
If you happen to miss a dose, take it as soon as possible, but if it’s time to take the next one, skip it and go back to your everyday schedule. Do not double doses.
Overdose
Signs of overdose may be the following: giddiness, sleepiness, tachycardia, sweating, vomiting, sickness, tremor. Call the emergency immediately if any of the symptoms mentioned above occur.
Storage
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from children
  • Keep away from heat, direct light and damp places
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
The medical information above is to serve your information purposes only and is not to be considered as an instruction for a definite patient. It covers only general issues of drug uses,directions,warnings, possible side effects and rules of storage. We disclaim all responsibility for any adverse effects that may be the result of the use of this abstract.