ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE - escitalopram tablet, film coated 
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(es″ sye tal′ oh)
5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg

Read the Medication Guide that comes with escitalopram tablets 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 tablets?

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

  1. Suicidal thoughts or actions:
    • Escitalopram tablets and other antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers or young adults within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed.
    • Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions.
    • Watch for these changes and call your healthcare provider right away if you notice:
      • New or sudden changes in mood, behavior, actions, thoughts or feelings, especially if severe.
      • Pay particular attention to such changes when escitalopram tablets  are started or when the dose is changed.

      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:

      • attempts to commit suicide
      • acting on dangerous impulses
      • acting aggressive or violent
      • thoughts about suicide or dying
      • new or worse depression
      • new or worse anxiety or panic attacks
      • feeling agitated, restless, angry or irritable
      • trouble sleeping
      • an increase in activity or talking more than what is normal for you
      • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

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

  2. Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome-like reactions. This condition can be life threatening and may include:
    • agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status
    • coordination problems or muscle twitching (overactive reflexes)
    • racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure
    • sweating or fever
    • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • muscle rigidity
  3. Severe allergic reactions:
    • trouble breathing
    • swelling of the face, tongue, eyes or mouth
    • rash, itchy welts (hives) or blisters, alone or with fever or joint pain
  4. Abnormal bleeding: Escitalopram tablets  and other antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®*, Jantoven®*), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen) or aspirin.
  5. Seizures or convulsions
  6. Manic episodes:
    • greatly increased energy
    • severe trouble sleeping
    • racing thoughts
    • reckless behavior
    • unusually grand ideas 
    • excessive happiness or irritability
    • talking more or faster than usual
  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:
    • headache
    • weakness or feeling unsteady
    • confusion, problems concentrating or thinking or memory problems

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

What are escitalopram tablets?

Escitalopram tablets are 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 tablets are also used to treat:

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

Who should not take escitalopram tablets?

Do not take escitalopram tablets if you:

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

Before starting escitalopram tablets, 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 tablets  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 tablets with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicine while taking escitalopram tablets without talking to your healthcare provider first.

If you take escitalopram tablets, you should not take any other medicines that contain escitalopram oxalate or citalopram hydrobromide including: Celexa®*.

How should I take escitalopram tablets?

  • Take escitalopram tablets exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of escitalopram tablets until it is the right dose for you.
  • Escitalopram tablets may be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of escitalopram tablets, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of escitalopram tablets at the same time.
  • If you take too much escitalopram, call your healthcare provider or poison control center right away or get emergency treatment.

What should I avoid while taking escitalopram tablets?

Escitalopram tablets can cause sleepiness or may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly or react quickly. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how escitalopram tablets affect you. Do not drink alcohol while using escitalopram tablets.

What are the possible side effects of escitalopram tablets?

Escitalopram tablets may cause serious side effects, including all of those described in the section entitled “What is the most important information I should know about escitalopram tablets?”

Common possible side effects in people who take escitalopram tablets include:

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling anxious
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sexual problems
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Infection
  • Yawning

Other side effects in children and adolescents include:

  • increased thirst
  • abnormal increase in muscle movement or agitation
  • nose bleed
  • difficult urination
  • heavy menstrual periods
  • possible slowed growth rate and weight change. Your child’s height and weight should be monitored during treatment with escitalopram tablets.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of escitalopram tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store escitalopram tablets?

  • Store escitalopram tablets at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature.]
  • Keep escitalopram tablets bottle closed tightly.

Keep escitalopram tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about escitalopram tablets

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use escitalopram tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give escitalopram tablets to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about escitalopram tablets. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You may ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about escitalopram tablets that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information about escitalopram tablets call 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX).

What are the ingredients in escitalopram tablets?

Active ingredient: escitalopram oxalate

Inactive ingredients:

  • Tablets: talc, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose/colloidal silicon dioxide, and magnesium stearate. The film coating contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide, and polyethylene glycol.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Revised: 10/2012
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