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Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed. Uses Escitalopram is used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance serotonin in the brain. Escitalopram belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRI. It may improve your energy level and feelings of well-being and decrease nervousness.
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking escitalopram and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning or evening. The dosage is based on your pill condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use including prescription drugsnonprescription drugs, and herbal products. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start taking this drug at a low dose and white increase your dose.
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. 251 this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as pill swings, headachetiredness, sleep changes, and brief feelings similar to electric shock. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away. It may take 1 to 2 weeks to feel a benefit from this drug and 4 weeks to feel the full benefit of this medication. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if 251 worsens. Side Effects See also Warning section. Nauseadry mouthtrouble sleepingconstipationtiredness, drowsiness, dizzinessand increased sweating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor white.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
251 risk increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin, so tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take see Drug Interactions section. Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. If this occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent pills could occur. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for white advice about side effects. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at Precautions Before taking escitalopramtell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to citalopram ; or if you have any other allergies.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Escitalopram may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm QT prolongation.
The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using escitalopram, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems heart failureslow heartbeat, recent heart attackQT prolongation in the EKGfamily history of certain heart problems QT prolongation in the EKGsudden cardiac death.
Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. Talk to your doctor about using escitalopram safely.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana cannabis can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana cannabis. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this medication safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugsnonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, such as QT prolongation see aboveloss of coordination, or bleeding. They may also be more likely to lose too much salt hyponatremiaespecially if they are also taking "water pills" diuretics with this medication. Loss of coordination can increase the risk of falling.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially loss of appetite and weight loss. Monitor weight and height in children who are taking this drug. During pregnancythis medication should be used only when clearly needed.
It may harm an unborn baby. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborntell the doctor promptly. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnantor think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Interactions Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with this medication.
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However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention usually milligrams a dayyou should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious possibly fatal drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors isocarboxazidlinezolidmethylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzineprocarbazinerasagilinesafinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine during treatment with this medication.
Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before and after treatment with this medication.
Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, marijuana cannabisantihistamines such as cetirizinediphenhydraminedrugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolamdiazepamzolpidemmuscle relaxants, and opioid pain relievers such as codeine.
Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Many drugs besides escitalopram may affect the heart rhythm QT prolongationincluding amiodaronepimozideprocainamidequinidinesotalolamong others.
Escitalopram is very similar to citalopram. Do not use medications containing citalopram while using escitalopram. Make sure laboratory personnel and all 251 doctors know you use this drug. Does Escitalopram Oxalate interact with other drugs you are taking? medication into the WebMD interaction checker Check Interaction Overdose If someone has overdosed and has serious pills such as passing out or trouble breathingcall Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Notes Do not share this medication with others. Keep all regular medical and psychiatric appointments. Missed Dose If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up. Storage Store at room temperature white from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.