Lexapro (escitalopram) can be prescribed for patients that are suffering from the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Lexapro should be taken for several months or longer if prescribed so by your health care provider. You may need to show up for regular appointments with your health care provider, especially if you are younger than 24. Suicidal thoughts and some other symptoms have been reported in that age group more often than in other patients. You will need to see your doctor regularly during the first 3-4 months of the treatment to make sure you do not develop any dangerous health effects. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any particular medical conditions that may prevent you from enjoying the effects of your treatment. The following ones are important to report: heart disease, kidney disease, seizures, liver disease, thyroid disease, and a recent history of heart attack. Such side effects as constipation, stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, drowsiness, increased appetite, runny nose, diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth are normal, especially if they appear at the beginning of you treatment. They need to be reported to your health care provider right away.