The information summarized below is valid for all these drugs and other drugs with escitalopram active ingredient. Avertyn, Citoles, Esram, Esmax, Eslorex, Secita Elitrex, Eslong, Esplus,Losiram, Tiopram, Zendor. This information is for general information purposes only. It is not a medical recommendation.
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Escitalopram is for the elderly, pregnant women, people under the age of 18, people with heart disease, diabetes or ellepsy, impaired liver or kidney function, people with previous mania, people with mania or psychotic disorder in the past, people undergoing ECT, narrow-angle It should be used with caution in people with eye pressure known as glaucoma, and in people who have had gastrointestinal bleeding in the past. It should not be used in people who have used a MAO inhibitor group drug called Aurorix in the last 14 days in our country and in people who are still in the manic phase of the disease.
Escitalopram is used to treat which diseases?
Generally, Escitalopram is used to treat depression. It is also an effective drug in generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Apart from these, your doctor may also consider Escitalopram suitable for another medical condition not listed here.
How is escitalopram used?
Escitalopram is usually taken once a day, on a full stomach, as a whole tablet with a glass of water. Try to take it at the same times as possible. If you are using the liquid form of the medicine, use the original scale of the medicine, do not take it with a household spoon. To reduce the risk of side effects, your doctor will connect Escitalopram at a low dose and gradually increase the dose. Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. Do not take more or less medicine. It is important to continue this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor. Some of your symptoms may be worse when the drug is stopped suddenly. The dose of escitalopram should be gradually reduced. Withdrawal symptoms (eg, irritability, headache, drowsiness, tingling, sleep problems, confusion) may occur if the drug is stopped abruptly after a period of use in moderate or high doses. To feel the benefit of escitalopram, you must have used it for at least 3-4 weeks. Sometimes physicians may prefer to wait up to 6 weeks.
Store escitalopram below 25°C. In hot months, if the room temperature exceeds 25 ° C, you can store the medicine in the refrigerator door. Do not divide Escitalopram, take it out of its packaging and store it in other boxes, prepare the dose you will take every day. If you have been advised to break a half dose, you can take the remaining half at the time of the next dose. If you miss a dose, drink it as soon as you notice it. However, when you remember that you missed the medicine, if you are now close to the next dose, do not drink to make up, continue the treatment with the next dose.
What are the side effects of escitalopram?
Nausea, dry mouth, sleep problems, constipation, fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, increased sweating may occur during the first days of taking the drug. However, these side effects are not severe and end in 4-5 days. If these side effects increase rather than decrease while using Escitalopram, inform your doctor. Many people who use eescitalopram do not experience serious side effects.
However, if a rare condition such as irritability, concentration, unusually high energy / excitement, suicidal thoughts occurs, you should contact your doctor immediately. If you experience easy bruising / bleeding, muscle weakness / cramps, change in urine volume, stools like coffee grounds, vomiting attacks, immediately apply to the nearest health institution.
This medicine may rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome. The risk of serotonin syndrome increases when used with certain other psychiatric medications. Hallucinations, intense restlessness, loss of coordination, rapid heartbeat, severe dizziness, fever, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, muscle cramps and tremors are observed. In this case, it is necessary to stop the use of this drug and immediately seek medical help.
It is rare to experience a serious allergic reaction to escitalopram. If you experience any signs of allergy such as rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately.
Avoid alcoholic beverages while using escitalopram. The drug does not usually affect driving and driving, but it should be noted that the information on the package insert includes the phrase “avoid driving”. Be more careful, especially in the first days of using Escitalopram, do not get behind the wheel until you are sure that the drug does not affect driving safety.