Lexapro® (LEX-a-pro) Escitalopram oxalate (ES-sigh-talo-pram OX-a-late)Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) What is in this leaflet Before you take it When you must not take it Do not take Lexapro if you are allergic to it, to any medicine containing citalopram, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet. If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your Do not take Lexapro at the same doctor or pharmacist. time as the following other Keep this leaflet with the medicine. medicines: What Lexapro is used
Lexapro is used to treat depression. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you. Tell your doctor if you get any side effects after stopping Lexapro. Do not take it after the expiry date printed on the pack. Do not take it if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. Before you start to take it Tell your doctor if: 1. you have allergies to any other substances such as foods, 5. you are receiving preservatives or dyes. electroconvulsive therapy. 2. you are pregnant or intend to Do not give Lexapro to a child or become pregnant. adolescent. Lexapro can be given to elderly patients over 65 years of age with a reduced dose. If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use Lexapro. Taking other medicines Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
careful with or avoid while takingLexapro. 3. you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
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How to take it How much to take 4. you have, or have had, the following medical conditions: If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for hints. If you take too much (overdose) Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 for Australia and Tel: 0800 764 766 for New Continue taking your medicine for Zealand), or go to Accident and as long as your doctor tells you, Emergency at your nearest Ask your doctor or pharmacist if even if you begin to feel better. hospital, if you think you or you are unsure of the correct dose anyone else may have taken too much Lexapro. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Follow the instructions they give Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. How to take it Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew them.
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While you are taking it Things you must do If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Lexapro. Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine. When to take it If you become pregnant while Take Lexapro as a single dose taking Lexapro, tell your doctor either in the morning or in the immediately. If you forget to take it evening. Persons taking Lexapro may be If you miss a dose and remember Take Lexapro with or without more likely to think about killing in less than 12 hours, take it themselves or actually trying to do straight away, and then go back to so, especially when Lexapro is first How long to take it taking it as you would normally. started or the dose is changed. Tell Otherwise, if it is almost time for your doctor immediately if you Continue to take Lexapro even if it your next dose, skip the dose you have thoughts about killing takes some time before you feel any missed and take the next dose yourself or if you are close to or improvement in your condition. when you are meant to. care for someone using Lexapro Do not take a double dose to make who talks about or shows signs of up for the dose you have missed. killing him or herself. If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Lexapro. Things you must not do Do not give the tablets to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you. Do not take Lexapro to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to. Patients and care givers should pay attention for any of the following Do not stop taking Lexapro, or warning signs of suicide-related lower the dosage, without checking Tell your doctor if you notice any behaviour while taking Lexapro. with your doctor. of the following and they worry Tell your doctor immediately, or Do not let yourself run out of even go to the nearest hospital for medicine over the weekend or on treatment: holidays. Do not stop taking this medicine or change the dose without consulting your doctor, even if you experience increased anxiety at the beginning Things to be careful of of treatment. Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Lexapro affects you. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following: Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as restlessness or difficulty in sitting or standing still. Avoid alcohol while you are taking this medicine. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you suddenly experience an episode of mania. Side effects
All medicines may have someunwanted side effects. Sometimes
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Storage Keep Lexapro tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. Ingredients Tell your doctor immediately, or Keep Lexapro tablets in a cool dry go to Accident and Emergency at place where the temperature stays your nearest hospital, if you notice below 30°C. any of the following: Keep Lexapro oral solution in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
section "Things you must do"*. Discard Lexapro oral solution 3 months after first opening. Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom, near a sink, or on a window-sill. Do not leave it in the car. Keep it where children cannot reach it.
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Disposal If your doctor tells you to stop taking Lexapro, or the medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
These are very serious side effects. Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.
*The side effects marked with anasterisk (*) are a number of rare side
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This leaflet was prepared January2011.
(Lexapro oral solution is notavailable in New Zealand)
"Lexapro" is the registered trademark of H. Lundbeck A/S.
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