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Escitalopram - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Escitalopram is used to treat depression.

Escitalopram may also be used treat other mood disorders as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Escitalopram exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instruction on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at about the same time each day.

Escitalopram is available as a tablet or oral drops.

If you are taking the oral drops, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the dropper provided to take the prescribed dose.

Escitalopram must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Escitalopram even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have any heart disease such as heart rhythm disorder as Escitalopram may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Escitalopram if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as selegiline, or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI. Do not take Escitalopram if you are taking linezolid (antibiotic) or pimozide (medicine for uncontrolled movements).

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- mood disorders including bipolar disorder (mania and hypomania)
- diabetes
- epilepsy (fits)
- liver or kidney disease
- a history of bleeding disorders
- having thoughts of self-harm
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Alert your doctor if you have recently undergone electroshock therapy (also known as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT).

Escitalopram is not meant for children and teenagers younger than 18 years old unless instructed by the doctor.

Medicines for depression such as Escitalopram may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour. As depression and some psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with an increased risk of suicide, it is important for you or your family members to monitor your condition especially at the start of treatment and if your dosage is still being adjusted. If you experience new or sudden changes in mood, behaviour, thoughts or feelings or a worsening of your depression with suicidal thoughts or attempts, harm to self or harm to others, contact your doctor immediately.

What side effects could I experience?

Escitalopram may drowsiness or dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or be able to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, dry mouth, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, cough, colds, difficulty sleeping and sweating.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- unusual bruising or nosebleed
- unexplained bone pain, swelling
- very fast, irregular or pounding heartbeat
- difficulty in breathing
- hallucinations, delirium
- changes in sex drive

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Escitalopram if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as selegiline, or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI. Do not take Escitalopram if you are taking linezolid (antibiotic) or pimozide (medicine for uncontrolled movements).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel, dipyridamole
- medicine for pain and inflammation (NSAID) e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen
- tramadol (medicine for moderate to severe pain)
- other medicines for mood disorder e.g. chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thioridazine
- migraine medicines e.g. sumatriptan, naratriptan, zolmitriptan
- St John's wort (herbal supplement)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Escitalopram.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Escitalopram - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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