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Cipralex

Cipralex is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It contains the active ingredient escitalopram oxalate, which is a substance that increases the level of serotonin in the brain. This improves the transmission of messages between the nerve cells, reducing the symptoms of depression. Cipralex is a prescription-only medicine.

What is Cipralex?


Cipralex is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It contains the active ingredient escitalopram oxalate, which is a substance that increases the level of serotonin in the brain. This improves the transmission of messages between the nerve cells, reducing the symptoms of depression. Cipralex is a prescription-only medicine.

What is Cipralex used for?


Cipralex is prescribed in the treatment of depression. Common symptoms of depressive illness include apathy, gloominess, lack of interest and lack of energy, possibly accompanied by physical symptoms such as headache and hyperventilation. Cipralex is also used to treat various anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and phobias.

How to use Cipralex


Cipralex tablets should preferably be taken in the morning with some water. The tablets can be taken before, during or after meals. Like other antidepressants, it may take several weeks to months for the benefits of Cipralex to appear. If your symptoms have not improved in about 10 weeks, this medicine may not be right for you. Contact your doctor to discuss alternative drug options. If Cipralex does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time. Do not stop taking Cipralex suddenly, as this can cause withdrawal symptoms. Treatment with this medicine should be stopped gradually, following the instructions given by your doctor.

Dosage


Cipralex is available in tablets of 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg. Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose is:

  • Adults up to the age of 65: 10 mg once daily.
  • Elderly people aged 65 and above: 5 mg once daily.

The doctor may gradually increase or decrease the dose according to your body’s response to the medicine. Cipralex is not suitable for use in children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.

Side effects


Cipralex may cause side effects, including:

  • Headache;
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms. Taking the tablets with food can help to prevent stomach distress;
  • Sexual dysfunction such as reduced sex drive and delayed ejaculation;
  • Weight gain or loss;
  • Dizziness, sleepiness.


Most side effects are usually only temporary and will disappear once the body adjusts to the medicine. For further information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.

When not to use Cipralex


Cipralex is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:

  • You are allergic to escitalopram or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • You are currently taking a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or medicine that influences heart rate;
  • You have an abnormal heart rhythm or a history of abnormal heart rhythm.


Cipralex may interact with some medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order. For more information on interactions and contraindications, see the package leaflet.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol


Cipralex should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.

Cipralex may cause dizziness, drowsiness and agitation. Stay out of traffic and do not operate heavy machinery if you experience these side effects.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Cipralex as this is likely to worsen the side effects.

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