Cipralex contains the active substance escitalopram. Cipralex belongs to a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines act on the serotonin-system in the brain by increasing the serotonin level. Disturbances in the serotonin-system are considered an important factor in the development of depression and related diseases. Cipralex is used to treat depression (major depressive episodes) and anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder with or without agoraphobia social anxiety disorder generalised anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder).