Lexapro, also known by its generic name escitalopram, is a popular anti-depressant. The medication is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Lexapro belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). The drug was approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
SSRIs such as Lexapro, work by boosting the serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin have been associated with depression and anxiety disorders.