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Cipramil

Cipramil is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs work by influencing the amount of serotonin that is released from nerve cells in the brain. Serotonin acts as a chemical messenger between these nerve cells. It is thought that depression and anxiety are related to a deficiency in the amount of serotonin in the brain. Cipramil (active ingredient: citalopram) counterbalances serotonin deficiency, which improves communication between nerve cells. In this way, Cipramil helps relieve depression.

What is Cipramil?


Cipramil is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs work by influencing the amount of serotonin that is released from nerve cells in the brain. Serotonin acts as a chemical messenger between these nerve cells. It is thought that depression and anxiety are related to a deficiency in the amount of serotonin in the brain. Cipramil (active ingredient: citalopram) counterbalances serotonin deficiency, which improves communication between nerve cells. In this way, Cipramil helps relieve depression.

What is Cipramil used for?


Antidepressants are used to treat people with depression and anxiety. Cipramil is typically prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and social phobia. Cipramil is sometimes also used to treat premature ejaculation in men. Cipramil is only available with an (online) prescription.

How to use Cipramil


Cipramil can be taken at any time of the day. Cipramil tablets should be swallowed whole with some liquid. The drops should be mixed with water. It usually takes several weeks to months for the benefits of this medicine to appear. If you feel your depression or anxiety has not improved in 10 to 12 weeks, talk to your doctor to see if you should switch to a different type of medicine. Cipramil should be stopped gradually to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Patients that respond well to Cipramil will need to take this medicine for an extensive period of time.

Dosage


Dosage varies per person and should be determined by a doctor on a case-to-case basis. The typical recommended dose for depression and anxiety is:

  • Adults: one 20-mg tablet, once daily.
  • Elderly patients (65+): half a 10-mg tablet, once daily.


The doctor may gradually increase this dose. Cipramil drops are prescribed in a different dosage form. Cipramil is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.

Side effects


Cipramil may cause side effects. The most common ones include:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache and constipation;
  • Drowsiness and sleepiness. Take your medicine in the evening if you experience these side effects;
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). Take your medicine in the morning if you experience this side effect;
  • Headache.


Most side effects will disappear within a few days. For more information, see the package leaflet.

When not to use Cipramil


Cipramil is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antidepressant if:

  • You are allergic to citalopram or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • You have cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat);
  • You are taking mediation that influences your heart rate;
  • You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).


If you have diabetes, epilepsy or other health problems, consult a doctor before using this medicine. If you are currently taking any medicines, you should check with your doctor before taking Cipramil to ensure that the combination is safe.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol


If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding, you should not use Cipramil without consulting a doctor first.

This medicine may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Avoid potentially hazardous tasks if you feel dizzy, sleepy or your alertness is affected in any other way.

It is recommended that you avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine. Effects such as drowsiness or dizziness are made worse by alcohol.

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