ESCITALOPRAM- escitalopram tablet, film coated
RedPharm Drug, Inc.
See FDA-approved Medication Guide
17.1 Information for Patients
Physicians are advised to discuss the following issues with patients for whom they prescribe escitalopram oxalate.
General Information about Medication Guide
Prescribers or other health professionals should inform patients, their families, and their caregivers about the benefits and risks associated with treatment with escitalopram oxalate and should counsel them in its appropriate use. A patient Medication Guide about “Antidepressant Medicines, Depression and other Serious Mental Illness, and Suicidal Thoughts or Actions” is available for escitalopram oxalate. The prescriber or health professional should instruct patients, their families, and their caregivers to read the Medication Guide and should assist them in understanding its contents. Patients should be given the opportunity to discuss the contents of the Medication Guide and to obtain answers to any questions they may have. The complete text of the Medication Guide is reprinted at the end of this document.
Patients should be advised of the following issues and asked to alert their prescriber if these occur while taking escitalopram oxalate.
Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk
Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's prescriber or health professional, especially if they are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient's presenting symptoms. Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.1) ].
Patients should be cautioned about the risk of serotonin syndrome with the concomitant use of escitalopram oxalate with other serotonergic drugs including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, tryptophan, buspirone and St. John’s Wort, and with drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin (in particular, MAOIs, both those intended to treat psychiatric disorders and also others, such as linezolid) [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.2) ].
Patients should be cautioned about the concomitant use of escitalopram oxalate and NSAIDs, aspirin, warfarin, or other drugs that affect coagulation since combined use of psychotropic drugs that interfere with serotonin reuptake and these agents has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.7) ].
Angle Closure Glaucoma
Patients should be advised that taking escitalopram oxalate can cause mild pupillary dilation, which in susceptible individuals, can lead to an episode of angle closure glaucoma. Pre-existing glaucoma is almost always open-angle glaucoma because angle closure glaucoma, when diagnosed, can be treated definitively with iridectomy. Open-angle glaucoma is not a risk factor for angle closure glaucoma. Patients may wish to be examined to determine whether they are susceptible to angle closure, and have a prophylactic procedure (e.g., iridectomy), if they are susceptible [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.9) ].
Since escitalopram is the active isomer of racemic citalopram (Celexa), the two agents should not be coadministered. Patients should be advised to inform their physician if they are taking, or plan to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, as there is a potential for interactions.
Continuing the Therapy Prescribed
While patients may notice improvement with escitalopram oxalate therapy in 1 to 4 weeks, they should be advised to continue therapy as directed.
Interference with Psychomotor Performance
Because psychoactive drugs may impair judgment, thinking, or motor skills, patients should be cautioned about operating hazardous machinery, including automobiles, until they are reasonably certain that escitalopram oxalate therapy does not affect their ability to engage in such activities.
Patients should be told that, although escitalopram oxalate has not been shown in experiments with normal subjects to increase the mental and motor skill impairments caused by alcohol, the concomitant use of escitalopram oxalate and alcohol in depressed patients is not advised.
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
Patients should be advised to notify their physician if they
become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy.
are breastfeeding an infant.
Need for Comprehensive Treatment Program
Escitalopram oxalate is indicated as an integral part of a total treatment program for MDD that may include other measures (psychological, educational, social) for patients with this syndrome. Drug treatment may not be indicated for all adolescents with this syndrome. Safety and effectiveness of escitalopram oxalate in MDD has not been established in pediatric patients less than 12 years of age. Antidepressants are not intended for use in the adolescent who exhibits symptoms secondary to environmental factors and/or other primary psychiatric disorders. Appropriate educational placement is essential and psychosocial intervention is often helpful. When remedial measures alone are insufficient, the decision to prescribe antidepressant medication will depend upon the physician’s assessment of the chronicity and severity of the patient’s symptoms.
Accord Healthcare, Inc.,
1009 Slater Road,
Durham, NC 27703,
Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited,
Ahmedabad -380 009, India.
10 9385 3 658139
Issued December 2014
17.2 FDA-Approved Medication Guide
Escitalopram Tablets USP
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:
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 tablet is 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
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:
Serotonin Syndrome. 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
Severe allergic reactions:
swelling of the face, tongue, eyes or mouth
rash, itchy welts (hives) or blisters, alone or with fever or joint pain
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.
Seizures or convulsions
greatly increased energy
severe trouble sleeping
unusually grand ideas
excessive happiness or irritability
talking more or faster than usual
Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored during treatment.
Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include:
weakness or feeling unsteady
confusion, problems concentrating or thinking or memory problems
changes in vision
swelling or redness in or around the eye
Only some people are at risk for these problems. You may want to undergo an eye examination to see if you are at risk and receive preventative treatment if you are.
Do not stop escitalopram tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping escitalopram tablets too quickly may cause serious symptoms including:
anxiety, irritability, high or low mood, feeling restless or changes in sleep habits
headache, sweating, nausea, dizziness
electric shock-like sensations, shaking, confusion
What are escitalopram tablets?
Escitalopram tablet 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 tablets are also used to treat:
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
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:
are allergic to escitalopram oxalate or citalopram hydrobromide or any of the ingredients in escitalopram tablets. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in escitalopram tablets.
take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid.
Do not take an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping escitalopram tablets unless directed to do so by your physician.
Do not start escitalopram tablets if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your physician.
People who take escitalopram tablets 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:
uncontrolled muscle spasms
rapid changes in heart rate or blood pressure
loss of consciousness (pass out)
take the antipsychotic medicine pimozide (Orap®) because taking this drug with escitalopram tablets can cause serious heart problems.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking escitalopram tablets? Ask if you are not sure.
Before starting escitalopram tablets, tell your healthcare provider if you:
Are taking certain drugs such as:
Triptans used to treat migraine headache
Medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, SSRIs, SNRIs, or antipsychotics
Over-the-counter supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort
have liver problems
have kidney problems
have heart problems
have or had seizures or convulsions
have bipolar disorder or mania
have low sodium levels in your blood
have a history of a stroke
have high blood pressure
have or had bleeding problems
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if escitalopram tablets will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of treating depression during pregnancy
are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. Some escitalopram may pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while taking escitalopram tablets.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and nonprescription 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 tablets, 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:
Not feeling hungry
Other side effects in children and adolescents include:
abnormal increase in muscle movement or agitation
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 25°C (77°F); Excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°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.
What are the ingredients in escitalopram tablets?
Active ingredient: escitalopram oxalate
Tablets: croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate and talc. The film coating contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide, and polyethylene glycol.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Coumadin ® is registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
Jantoven ® is registered trademark of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
Orap ® is registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Accord Healthcare, Inc.,
1009 Slater Road,
Durham, NC 27703,
Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited,
Ahmedabad -380 009, India.
10 9385 3 658139
Issued December 2014