Lexam is the brand name of the prescription medicine escitalopram, which is used to treat anxiety in adults and major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old. Used for:
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This is a private script, and it is not eligible for government PBS subsidy. The cost of this may be claimed from private health insurance providers depending on the level of cover.
Take ONE tablet daily (starting 10mg, max 20mg)
10mg, & 20mg
Headache, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, increased sweating, feeling nervous, restless, fatigue, or having trouble sleeping (insomnia). These will often improve over the first week or two as you continue to take the medication.
The dose provided is from theconsumer medicines information leaflet.
Always follow the doctors direction when using prescription medication.
10 mg, 28 tablets
20 mg, 28 tablets
Online doctors assessment
Standard Australian Post (5-7 business days)
Express Australian Post (1-3 business days)
Cold Chain (5-7 business days)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
The side effects of Lexam are, in general, mild and disappear after a short period of time. Do not be alarmed by this list of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Common side effects include:
- painful urination;
- dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, weakness;
- feeling anxious or agitated;
- increased muscle movements, feeling shaky;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- sweating, dry mouth, increased thirst, loss of appetite;
- nausea, constipation;
- nosebleed, heavy menstrual periods; or
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Contact your doctor at once if you have:
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
- racing thoughts, unusual risk-taking behavior, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- (in a child taking escitalopram) slow growth or weight gain;
- low levels of sodium in the body-headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady; or
- severe nervous system reaction-very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive, however you may get side effects if you suddenly stop taking it. Tell your doctor if you get any side effects after stopping LEXAM.
Do not use escitalopram within 14 days before or 14 days after you have used an MAO inhibitor. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
Do not use if you are taking other medications including
- pimozide, a medicine used to treat mental disorders
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine and moclobemide, which are also used for the treatment of depression.
Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. These medicines may interact with escitalopram and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
- a tendency to bleed or bruise easily
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- manic depression (bipolar disorder)
- a history of seizures or fits
- restlessness and/or a need to move often
- raised intraocular pressure (fluid pressure in the eye), or if you are at risk of angle-closure glaucoma.
- you are receiving electroconvulsive therapy