HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Lexapro receives FDA approval for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder

NEW YORK, December 18 - Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:FRX) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition that affects approximately four million Americans annually. The new indication is based on three studies, all of which were positive and support the efficacy and safety of Lexapro in the treatment of GAD. GAD is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry that significantly impacts an individual's daily functioning. Lexapro is also indicated for the initial treatment and maintenance of major depressive disorder.

"One of the biggest challenges in treating GAD patients is finding a treatment that is not only effective, but also one that patients will be able to tolerate for the long term," said Philip Ninan, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Emory University School of Medicine. "Lexapro is a first-line treatment option, which has proven to be effective with a favorable side effect profile."

Study Details

All three studies that support the indication approval were randomized, double-blind, eight weeks in duration and placebo-controlled. The studies involved approximately 850 patients, 18 to 80 years of age, diagnosed with GAD. Patients in the Lexapro arm were administered a fixed dose of 10 mg per day for the first four weeks and then flexibly dosed to a maximum of 20 mg per day. The Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) total score was the primary efficacy variable, and secondary efficacy measures included changes in HAMA psychic anxiety subscale and Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) scores. In each of the three studies, Lexapro 10 to 20 mg per day significantly improved GAD symptoms in patients compared to placebo as measured by change from baseline in HAMA score. By-visit anal
'"/>

Contact: Charles E. Triano
212-224-6714
Forest Laboratories
18-Dec-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Starting dose of Lexapro as effective as optimally dosed Zoloft in the treatment of depression
2. UIC professor receives international humanitarian award
3. Mailman School of Public Health receives Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Center grant
4. Epidemiologist Trichopoulos receives $5.8 million Department of Defense Innovator Award
5. GlaxoSmithKline receives unanimous favorable recommendation by FDA Advisory Committee for Boostrix
6. NYU Child Study Center receives grant from the American Red Cross September 11 recovery program
7. Northwestern Memorial Hospital receives $10 million commitment to support preeminent heart program
8. American Academy of Neurology program receives Grassroots Award
9. Orqis receives FDA approval to expand clinical trial of Cancion CRS therapy to 40 centers
10. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives SPORE grant for brain cancer research from NCI
11. Pfizers antifungal medicine VFEND receives FDA approval

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, at The House ... this current generation fits into Bible Prophecy. Yisrayl says this generation, known as the ... this conclusion, showing how the details line up exactly with Bible Prophecy – a ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... to needy individuals and families from eight different sites throughout Miami-Dade and Broward ... Over 1,000 volunteers worked very hard on Thanksgiving morning by putting together individual ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis the season for ... $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part ... their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... "I hate when the ... while brushing my teeth," said an inventor from Bridgewater, N.J. "I thought that there ... this handy device." , He developed the patent-pending DEFLECTOR to prevent saliva and toothpaste ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... Center For Discovery, ... the opening of a new residential mental health treatment program in Chino Hills, ... such as severe anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, and other related issues. , Center ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 On Thursday, December ... excellence in research, development and innovation in the biopharmaceutical ... was held in the presence of Sergey Tsyb, Vice ... Russian Federation , Natalia Sanina, First Vice Chairman ... , Head of Roszdravnadzor, National Service of Control in ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... RICHMOND, British Columbia , December 2, 2016 ... Produkt, den INSTI HIV-Selbsttest, bei den Mitgliedern des Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. ... ... INSTI HIV Self Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 Lianluo Smart Limited (Nasdaq: ... which develops, markets and sells medical devices and ... and international markets, recently attended the ... New Progress Forum, co-hosted by the Institute of ... , Guangdong Provincial People,s Hospital and Cardiology Department ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: