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Last updated on July 3, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Escitalopram 


COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Lexapro 樂思保, Esitalo, Esopam

What is Escitalopram for?

Escitalopram belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are antidepressants which work by allowing a type of chemicals, serotonin, to stay longer in the brain in order to boost mood. Escitalopram can be used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), and social phobia.

How to use it?

Escitalopram can be taken by mouth as tablets. The usual adult dose is 10-20 mg daily. Older people or those who may be more sensitive to side effects can begin with 5 mg daily. If you find Escitalopram to be stimulating, we suggest taking it in the morning.

What are the side effects of Escitalopram?

Side effects of Escitalopram include anxiety, abnormal appetite,insomnia, weakness, impaired concentration, confusion, constipation, diarrhoea, dizziness, gastrointestinal discomfort, bleeding, headache, sexual dysfunction, vomiting, and weight changes.

Where to buy Escitalopram in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Escitalopram is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

For detailed information about the use of Escitalopram in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.