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What is Lexapro?

Lexapro® is the orally-administered prescription antidepressant drug manufactured by Forest Laboratories Inc. Its active component is escitalopram, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2002. It is one of a class of antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which also includes Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa.

SSRIs are commonly prescribed to correct an imbalance of neurotransmitters. Medical experts believe that this imbalance is the cause of mental disorders such as depression. In the case of Lexapro and other SSRIs, excess serotonin (that which did not bind to receptors) are prevented from returning to the nerves that produce them, referred to as reuptake. SSRIs inhibits reuptake, keeping the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain high.

Lexapro is FDA-approved for treating depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. It may also be prescribed for panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, although these are off-label uses. First-time users may not see any improvement in their conditions until after 4 weeks of regular intake; the maximum daily of intake Lexapro is 20 mg although 10 mg a day is thought to be just as effective for treating depression.

Common side effects of Lexapro include but not limited to:

  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of libido, sexual difficulties
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sweating

More serious side effects which may tip the balance for the discontinuation of taking the medication include suicidality and birth defects. Lexapro and Celexa are chemically similar, and according to the website of the National Injury Law Center, these are unfortunately side effects that they have in common. They are so similar that the two drugs have been named in conjunction as part of multidistrict litigation against Forest Laboratories in Missouri Judicial Circuit 19 in Cole County for birth defects. The allegations state that Forest knew about the risk to pregnant mothers of taking either of these two products but failed to give adequate warning. Birth defects alleged to have been caused by taking Lexapro and Celexa include spina bifida, craniosynostosis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, anencephaly, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and club foot.

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The Different Types Business Entities

The Different Types Business Entities

The American dream is to turn nothing into something. This dream is epitomized in starting your own business from the ground up in hopes of become a huge success one day. Starting your own business is definitely both challenging and exciting; and though it requires and is filled with a great deal of planning and a number of legal concerns, you get to enjoy the sense of fulfillment when your planning comes to fruition.

There are different types of business entities from which a new business owner can choose, each with various laws governing how it is run and organized. As such, choosing between these many options, such as limited liability, an S-corporation, a C-corporation, or limited partnership, can be difficult; fortunately, by speaking with a knowledgeable professional, such as a business lawyer, you can get the information and guidance you need to determine which type of business formation is best for you budding company.

The Limited Liability Companies and Its Advantages

One popular business choice is a limited liability company, otherwise known as an LLC. Being something like a ‘hybrid’ business entity, an LLC combines some of the characteristics found in partnerships and corporations. Like in partnerships, an LLC allows the practice of pass-through income taxation, the practice wherein taxable income goes from the company level to the owner’s level. This practice is intended to eliminate the possibility of double taxation, wherein tax is imposed twice on the same income; first on the company level and, second, on the owner’s level. The main feature of a corporation that an LLC has, on the other hand, is the limited liability of owners, meaning they are usually not responsible for company accrued debts. Other business entities have differing taxation rules, so it is often wise to refer to the counsel of a tax lawyer before settling on one or another.

Owners of an LLC company are called members, of which there is no limit. A member could be an individual or a group of individuals, foreign entities, corporations, or other LLCs. Additionally, compared to S-corporation and C-corporation business types, there are fewer laws that an LLC is required to comply with, often making it a more advantageous business entity to choose. However, no matter what entity you choose, make sure you discuss your full range of options with an Austin business lawyer before making your final decision.

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