ESCITALOPRAM - escitalopram oxalate tablet, film coated 
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SPL MEDGUIDE

Escitalopram (ES-sye-TAL-oh-pram) Tablets USP

Read the Medication Guide that comes with escitalopram before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider if there is something you do not understand or want to learn more about.

What is the most important information I should know about escitalopram?

Escitalopram and other antidepressant medicines may cause serious side effects, including:

1. Suicidal thoughts or actions:

Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider and call between visits if you are worried

about symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if an emergency, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

 

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or call 911 if anemergency. Escitalopram may be associated with these serious side effects:

2. Serotonin Syndrome. This condition can be life-threatening and may include:

3. Severe allergic reactions:

 

4. Abnormal bleeding: Escitalopram and other antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen), or aspirin.

5. Seizures or convulsions

6. Manic episodes:

 

7. Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored during treatment.

8. Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include:

Do not stop escitalopram without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping escitalopram too quickly may cause serious symptoms including:

What is escitalopram?

Escitalopram is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider. Escitalopram is also used to treat:

Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with escitalopram treatment.

Who should not take escitalopram?

Do not take escitalopram if you:

People who take escitalopram close in time to an MAOI may have serious or even life- threatening side effects. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking escitalopram? Ask if you are not sure.

Before starting escitalopram, tell your healthcare provider if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Escitalopram and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects.

Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can tell you if it is safe to take escitalopram with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking escitalopram without talking to your healthcare provider first.

 

 

Revised: 02/2013
 
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