What are the risks of taking escitalopram?

Studies show that a small number of young people who use antidepressant medication such as escitalopram begin to think about harming themselves or committing suicide. It's not clear that escitalopram or any other antidepressant causes anyone to think about suicide. Simply having depression increases this risk.

Doctors typically do not prescribe escitalopram to children younger than age 12. If a child or young adult in your care is using this medication or any other antidepressant, be aware of changes in behavior such as extreme worry, irritability or agitation, sleep disturbances and others. Tell your doctor if you notice these behavior changes in your child or yourself if you are using escitalopram.

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