Escitalopram (Cheer Up) is a potent selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It is the active isomer of Citalopram. Cheer Up 10mg Tablet treats major depressive episodes, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION
Adult Dose: The initial dose of Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets is 10 mg once daily. If required, the dose might be increased to 20 mg after a minimum of one week period.
Geriatric Dose: Single oral dose of 10mg/day is recommended. In Hepatic Dysfunction: Not more than 10mg/day.
In Renal Dysfunction: No dosage adjustment is required in mild to moderate renal impairment. It should be cautiously given in severe renal dysfunction.
Use with Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) like with other SSRIs, in combination with Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) might result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions including hyperthermia, rigidity, myoclonus, autonomic instability, rapid changes in vital signs and mental status changes, including extreme agitation progressing to delirium and coma. The patients who switch from an SSRI to an MAOI might present with the same features. Hence Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets should not be coadministered with an MAOI or within 2 weeks of discontinuing treatment with an MAOI. Also, at least a gap of 2 weeks should be given after discontinuing Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets and starting an MAOI.
Use in Children: Safety and efficacy in children under the age of 18 years have not been established. Use in Old Age: Though no overall differences in safety or efficacy between old age patients and younger patients were observed dose of 10mg is the recommended dosage for elderly patients. Drug Dependence: Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets are not a controlled substance. The psychological and physical dependence and hence abuse liability of Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets have been found to be low.
Chances of Mania or Hypomania: Mania/hypomania might occur in patients treated with Escitalopram (Cheer Up)tablets. In such cases, Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets should be discontinued. Also, Escitalopram (Cheer Up) tablets should be used with caution in patients with a history of mania. Use in Patients with a History of Seizures: Like other antidepressants, Escitalopram(Cheer Up) tablets should be cautiously used in patients with a history of seizure disorder.
Store in a cool & dry place below 25ºC.
Protect from light, heat and moisture.
Keep out of reach of children.
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