Lexapro Patient Assistance Programs

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Lexapro® is the brand name for escitalopram oxalate, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) used in the treatment of certain anxiety and depressive disorders. Lexapro® is primarily used to help fight major depressive disorder (called MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (called GAD).[1] Lexapro® patient assistance programs can help save patients money if their income is below a certain amount. Those who qualify will receive three months' worth of Lexapro® free of charge, sent directly to the patient's physician.[2] Those who do not qualify for the program may be able to get discounted Lexapro® from health savings plans.


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Brand name for Escitalopram oxalate
Manufacturer Forest Laboratories, Inc.
Available through Forest Laboratories, Inc.
Programs Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Patient Assistance Program, 800-851-0758[2] [3]
Covered Lexapro® 10 or 20 mg tablets[2]
Eligibility Must be unable to afford Lexapro®, meet income guidelines, and have your doctor's consent[2]
Disclaimer The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Allison Hughes


Lexapro Information

Lexapro® is a prescription medication used to treat adults diagnosed with general anxiety disorder (GAD), and adults and adolescents aged 12-17 suffering from major depressive disorder. Manufactured by Forest Laboratories, Inc., Lexapro® is believed to work by increasing the brain's serotonin, a substance thought to affect a person's mood. This increase may help balance the brain's chemical balance.[1]

Side effects of Lexapro® include upset stomach, trouble falling or staying asleep, delayed ejaculation, decreased ability to have a orgasm, sleepiness and perspiration. Side effects for minors also include urinary tract infections (UTIs), back pain and stuffy nose. In addition, youth, teens and young adults have a higher chance of experiencing suicidal thoughts or attempting to commit suicide.[4]

About Lexapro Patient Assistance Programs

Lexapro® patients approved for Forest Laboratories' Patient Assistance Program will receive three month's worth of Lexapro® free of charge. In order to be eligible, applicants must be unable to afford their medication and fall below a certain income.

Applicants must first fill out a patient assistance program (PAP) form, which they can download from the official Forest Laboratories PAP website. As part of the application process, the patient's licensed practitioner must also fill out requested information. It may take 4 weeks or more for the application to be processed. If a patient is approved for the program, the medicine will be delivered to their physician's office for pick-up.[2]

Those who are not eligible for Forest Lab's patient assistance program may still be able to save by obtaining the drug through Xubex's Discount Medication program. They sell drugs like Lexapro® for less than at retail pharmacies. There are no eligibility requirements other than having been prescribed Lexapro.[5] Patients must create a pharmacy account online with Xubex, and then either mail in their prescription, have a doctor phone it in, or transfer it from another pharmacy.[6]

Lexapro Patient Assistance Program Overview

Information on patient assistance programs for Lexapro


About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, occurs when anxiety becomes so problematic that it interferes with an individual's ability to function normally. It can occur in both adults and juveniles, and is likely caused by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. Treatment options include medications and psychotherapy in addition to lifestyle changes such as developing healthy eating patterns and getting adequate exercise.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.lexapro.com/about-lexapro/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 http://www.forestpharm.com/pap/
  3. http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Prescription_Drug_Patient_Assistance_Programs.htm
  4. http://www.lexapro.com/about-lexapro/lexapro-side-effects.aspx
  5. https://secure.xubex.com/BML.aspx
  6. https://secure.xubex.com/BMLIntro.aspx
  7. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/generalized-anxiety-disorder/DS00502/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies