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Cipramil® Drops
40 mg/ml oral drops, solution
citalopram (as hydrochloride)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects are troubling, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Cipramil is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Cipramil Drops
3. How to take Cipramil Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cipramil Drops
6. Further information
How does Cipramil work?
Cipramil is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and belongs to
a group of medicines known as antidepressants.
These medicines help to correct certain chemical imbalances in the brain
that are causing the symptoms of your illness.
What is Cipramil used for?
Cipramil contains citalopram and is used for the treatment of depression
and, when you feel better, to help prevent these symptoms recurring.
Cipramil is also used for long-term treatment to prevent the occurrence of
new episodes of depression or if you have recurrent depression.
Cipramil is also beneficial in relieving symptoms if you tend to suffer from
panic attacks.
Do not take Cipramil Drops
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to citalopram, or any of the other
ingredients of Cipramil Drops (see What Cipramil Drops contain,
section 6). Consult your doctor if you think you might be.
• If you are also taking a medicine containing pimozide. Talk to your doctor.
• At the same time as taking medication known as monoamine oxidase
inhibitors (MAOIs). MAOIs include medicines such as phenelzine,
iproniazid, isocarboxazid, nialamide, tranylcypromine and
moclobemide (used for the treatment of depression), selegiline (used
in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease) and linezolid (an antibiotic).
Even if you have finished taking one of the following MAOIs:
phenelzine, iproniazid, isocarboxazid, nialamide or tranylcypromine
you will need to wait 2 weeks before you start taking Cipramil. One
day must elapse after you have finished taking moclobemide. After
stopping Cipramil you must allow 1 week before taking any MAOI.
• if you are born with or have had an episode of abnormal heart rhythm
(seen at ECG; an examination to evaluate how the heart is functioning).
• if you take medicines for heart rhythm problems or that may affect the
heart’s rhythm (see Taking other medicines, below).


Take special care with Cipramil
Please tell your doctor if you have any medical problems, especially if you have:
• Liver disease
• Kidney disease
• Diabetes (you may need an adjustment of your antidiabetic therapy)
• Epilepsy or a history of seizures or fits
• A bleeding disorder or have ever suffered from bleeding in the
stomach or intestine
• Mania or panic disorder
• Low blood levels of sodium
• ECT (electroconvulsive therapy)
• Problems with your eyes, such as certain kinds of glaucoma
• Suffered or suffer from heart problems or have recently had a heart
• A low resting heart-rate and/or you know that you may have salt
depletion as a result of prolonged severe diarrhoea and vomiting
(being sick) or usage of diuretics (water tablets).
• Experienced a fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, collapse or dizziness
on standing up which may indicate abnormal functioning of the heart
Please consult your doctor, even if these statements were applicable to
you at any time in the past.
Some patients with manic-depressive illness may enter into a manic
phase. This is characterized by unusual and rapidly changing ideas,
inappropriate happiness and excessive physical activity. If you experience
this, contact your doctor.
Symptoms such as restlessness or difficulty in sitting or standing still
can also occur during the first weeks of the treatment. Tell your doctor
immediately if you experience these symptoms.
Special information relating to your disease
As with other medicines used to treat depression or related diseases,
the improvement is not achieved immediately. After the start of
Cipramil treatment it may take several weeks before you experience any
improvement. In the beginning of the treatment certain patients may
experience increased anxiety, which will disappear during continued
treatment. Therefore, it is very important that you follow exactly your
doctor’s orders and do not stop the treatment or change the dose without
consulting your doctor.
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression or anxiety
If you are depressed and/or have anxiety disorders you can sometimes
have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. These may be increased when
first starting antidepressants, since these medicines all take time to work,
usually about two weeks but sometimes longer.
You may be more likely to think like this:
• If you have previously had thoughts about killing or harming yourself.
• If you are a young adult. Information from clinical trials has shown an
increased risk of suicidal behaviour in adults aged less than 25 years
with psychiatric conditions who were treated with an antidepressant.
If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time, contact
your doctor or go to a hospital straight away.
You may find it helpful to tell a relative or close friend that you are
depressed or have an anxiety disorder, and ask them to read this leaflet.
You might ask them to tell you if they think your depression or anxiety is
getting worse, or if they are worried about changes in your behaviour.

Use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age
Cipramil should normally not be used for children and adolescents under
18 years. Also, you should know that patients under 18 have an increased
risk of side-effects such as suicide attempt, suicidal thoughts and hostility
(predominantly aggression, oppositional behaviour and anger) when
they take this class of medicines. Despite this, your doctor may prescribe
citalopram for patients under 18 because he/she decides that this is in
their best interests. If your doctor has prescribed Cipramil for a patient
under 18 and you want to discuss this, please go back to your doctor. You
should inform your doctor if any of the symptoms listed above develop or
worsen when patients under 18 are taking Cipramil. Also, the long-term
safety effects concerning growth, maturation and cognitive and behavioural
development of Cipramil in this age group have not yet been demonstrated.
Taking other medicines
Medicines may affect the action of other medicines and this can
sometimes cause serious adverse reactions.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have taken any
other medicines (including those purchased without prescription) during
the last 14 days. This includes other medicines for depression (see Do not
take Cipramil Drops above).
• The herbal remedy St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum). This should
not be taken at the same time as Cipramil.
• Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These should not be taken at
the same time as Cipramil (see Do not take Cipramil Drops above).

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Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
• Linezolid (an antibiotic).
• Sumatriptan (used to treat migraine) or tramadol (a pain killer). If you
feel unwell when using these medicines with Cipramil you should see
your doctor.
• Lithium (used to prevent and treat mania) and tryptophan (an antidepressant)
• Pimozide (a neuroleptic). This should not be taken at the same time
as Cipramil (see Do not take Cipramil Drops above).
• Imipramine and desipramine (used to treat depression).
• Medicines containing selegiline (used to treat Parkinson’s disease)
• Cimetidine (used to treat stomach ulcers).
• Mefloquine (used to treat malaria).
• Bupropion (used to treat depression).
• Medicines known to affect the blood platelets (e.g. anticoagulant drugs
used to treat or prevent blood clots; aspirin and non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and diclofenac used as
painkillers and some antipsychotic drugs and tricyclic antidepressants).
• Metoprolol, a beta blocker used to treat migraine, some heart
conditions and high blood pressure. The effects of either drug could
be increased, decreased or altered.
• Neuroleptics (used in the treatment of schizophrenia).
Do not take Cipramil if you take medicines for heart rhythm problems or
medicines that may affect the heart’s rhythm, e.g. such as Class IA and III
antiarrhythmics, antipsychotics (e.g. phenothiazine derivatives, pimozide,
haloperidol), tricyclic antidepressants, certain antimicrobial agents (e.g.
sparfloxacin, moxifloxacin, erythromycin IV, pentamidine, anti-malarial
treatment particularly halofantrine), certain antihistamines (astemizole,
mizolastine). If you have any further questions about this you should
speak to your doctor.
Taking Cipramil with food and drink
Cipramil can be taken with or without food (see section 3 “How to take
Cipramil Drops”).
As with all antidepressants, it is sensible to avoid drinking alcohol whilst
receiving treatment although Cipramil has not been shown to increase the
effects of alcohol.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. If
you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to become
pregnant, tell your doctor. Do not take Cipramil if you are pregnant unless
you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
Make sure your midwife and/or doctor know you are on Cipramil. When
taken during pregnancy, particularly in the last 3 months of pregnancy,
medicines like Cipramil may increase the risk of a serious condition in
babies, called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN),
making the baby breathe faster and appear bluish. These symptoms
usually begin during the first 24 hours after the baby is born. If this
happens to your baby you should contact your midwife and/or doctor
immediately. Also, if you take Cipramil during the last 3 months of
your pregnancy and until the date of birth you should be aware that the
following effects may be seen in your newborn: fits, being too hot or cold,
feeding difficulties, vomiting, low blood sugar, stiff or floppy muscles,
overactive reflexes, tremor, jitteriness, irritability, lethargy, constant crying,
sleepiness or sleeping difficulties. If your newborn baby gets any of these
symptoms please contact your midwife and/or doctor immediately.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
If you are breast-feeding, ask your doctor for advice. You should not
breast-feed your baby when taking Cipramil because small amounts of the
medicine can pass into the breast milk.
Citalopram has been shown to reduce the quality of sperm in animal
studies. Theoretically, this could affect fertility, but impact on human
fertility has not been observed as yet.
Driving and using machines
Cipramil does not usually affect the ability to carry out normal daily
activities. However, if you feel dizzy or sleepy when you start to take this
medicine, you should be careful when driving, operating machinery or
performing jobs that need you to be alert until these effects wear off.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Cipramil Drops
This medicinal product contains small amounts of ethanol (alcohol), less
than 100 mg in all doses. These drops also contain the preservatives E216
and E218, which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
How much to take
It is important to take your drops as instructed by your doctor. The label
will tell you how many to take and how often. If it does not, or you are not
sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The usual dose is 16 mg (8 drops) per day. This may be increased by your
doctor to a maximum of 32 mg (16 drops) per day.
Panic disorder
The starting dose is 8 mg (4 drops) per day for the first week before
increasing the dose to between 16 –24 mg (8 to 12 drops) per day. The dose
may be increased by your doctor to a maximum of 32 mg (16 drops) per day.






Elderly patients (above 65 years of age)
The starting dose should be decreased to half of the recommended dose,
e.g. 8-16 mg per day. Elderly patients should not usually receive more
than 16 mg (8 drops) per day.
Children and adolescents (< 18 years)
Cipramil should not be given to children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
For further information, please see section 2, Before you take Cipramil Drops.
Patients with special risks
Patients with liver complaints should not receive more than 16 mg
(8 drops) per day.
If you have previously taken Cipramil tablets, you will find that the dose of
your medicine in mg given as drops is a bit lower than that of tablets. This
is because your body more easily absorbs the drops than the tablets, so
you do not need as many mg to have the same effect.
The doses of tablets correspond to doses of drops as follows:
10 mg
8 mg (4 drops)
20 mg
16 mg (8 drops)
30 mg
24 mg (12 drops)
40 mg
32 mg (16 drops)
How and when to take Cipramil
The drops are for oral use and can be taken in a drink of water, or orange
or apple juice.
Cipramil is taken every day as one dose at any time of the day.
Duration of treatment
Like other medicines for depression and panic disorder these drops may
take a few weeks before you feel any improvement. Continue to take Cipramil
even if it takes some time before you feel any improvement in your condition
The duration of treatment is individual, usually at least 6 months. Continue
to take the drops for as long as your doctor recommends. Do not stop
taking them even if you begin to feel better, unless you are told to do so by
your doctor. The underlying illness may persist for a long time and if you
stop your treatment too soon your symptoms may return.
Patients who have recurrent depression benefit from continued treatment,
sometimes for several years, to prevent the occurrence of new depressive
Never change the dose of the medicine without talking to your doctor first.
If you take more Cipramil than you should
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too many Cipramil
drops, contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department
immediately. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Take the Cipramil box/container with you if you go to a doctor or hospital.
Some of the signs of an overdosage could be life-threatening.
Symptoms of overdosage may include:
• Irregular heart beat
• Seizures
• Changes in heart rhythm
• Feeling sick (nausea)
• Vomiting
• Sweating
• Drowsiness
• Unconsciousness
• Fast heart beats
• Tremor
• Changes in blood pressure
• Serotonin syndrome (see Section 4)
• Agitation
• Dizziness
• Enlarged eye pupils
• Bluish skin
• Breathing too quickly
If you forget to take Cipramil
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose at the usual time. Do not
take a double dose.


Effects when treatment with Cipramil is stopped
Stopping this medicine quickly may cause symptoms such as dizziness,
nausea and numbness or tingling in hands or feet, sleep disturbances
(vivid dreams, nightmares, inability to sleep), feeling anxious, headaches,
feeling or being sick, sweating, feeling restless or agitated, tremor,
feeling confused or disorientated, feeling emotional or irritable, diarrhoea
(loose stools), visual disturbances, fluttering or pounding heartbeat
(palpitations). These are usually non-serious and disappear within a few
days. When you have completed your course of treatment, the dose of
Cipramil is usually reduced gradually over a couple of weeks.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Cipramil can have side effects and some people may
experience unwanted effects (side effects) whilst taking Cipramil. Several
of the effects listed below can also be symptoms of your illness and may
disappear as you start to get better.
Serious side effects
Stop taking Cipramil and seek medical advice immediately if you have any
of the following symptoms:
• Difficulty in breathing.
• Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat that causes difficulty in
swallowing or breathing.
• Severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps).
• Fast, irregular heart beat, fainting which could be symptoms of a
life-threatening condition known as torsades de pointes.
If you notice any of the following you should contact your doctor
immediately as your dose may need to be reduced or stopped:
• You start having fits for the first time or fits that you have suffered
from in the past before become more frequent.
• Your behaviour changes because you feel elated or over excited.
• You experience high fever, agitation, confusion, and trembling
or abrupt contractions of muscles. These may be signs of a rare
condition called serotonin syndrome.
• Tiredness, confusion and twitching of your muscles. These may be
signs of a low blood level of sodium.
If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time, contact
your doctor or go to a hospital straight away.
The following side effects are often mild and usually disappear after a few
days’ treatment.
Very common side effects (likely to affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• Sleepiness
• Difficulty in sleeping
• Increased sweating
• Dry mouth (a dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay, so be sure
to clean your teeth more often that usual)
• Feeling sick (nausea)

Common side effects (likely to affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Lack of appetite
• Agitation
• Decreased sex drive
• Anxiety
• Nervousness
• Confusion
• Abnormal dreams
• Tremor
• Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• Yawning
• Diarrhoea
• Vomiting
• Constipation
• Itching
• Pain in muscles and joints
• For men, problems with ejaculation and erection
• For females, failing to reach an orgasm
• Tiredness,
• Prickling of the skin
• Loss of weight
Uncommon (likely to affect up to 1 in every 100 people)
• Bruising easily
• Increased appetite
• Aggression
• Reduced emotions, indifference
• Hallucinations
• Mania
• Fainting
• Large pupils (the dark centre of the eye)
• Fast heart beat
• Slow heart beat
• Nettle rash
• Loss of hair
• Rash
• Sensitivity to sunlight
• Difficulties urinating
• Vaginal bleeding
• Swelling of the arms or legs
• Increased weight
Rare (likely to affect up to 1 in every 1000 people)
• Convulsions
• Involuntary movements
• Taste disturbances
• Bleeding
• Hepatitis
Some patient have reported (frequency not known)
• Thoughts of harming or killing themselves
• An increase in bleeding or bruising caused by a decrease in blood
• Rash (hypersensitivity)
• Low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia), which can cause
muscle weakness, twitching or abnormal heart rhythms
• Panic attack
• Grinding teeth
• Restlessness
• Unusual muscle movements or stiffness
• Involuntary movements of the muscles (akathisia)
• Low blood pressure
• Nosebleed
• Bleeding disorders including skin and mucosal bleeding (ecchymosis)
• Sudden swelling of skin or mucosa
• In men, painful erections
• Flow of breast milk in men or in women who are not breast-feeding
• Abnormal liver function tests
• An increased risk of bone fractures has been observed in patients
taking this type of medicines
SSRIs can, very rarely, increase the risk of bleeding, including stomach or
intestinal bleeding. Let your doctor know if you vomit blood or develop
black or blood stained stools.
Also let your doctor know if you continue to have other symptoms
associated with your depression. This might include hallucinations,
anxiety, mania or confusion.
Any side effects that do occur will usually disappear after a few days. If
they are troublesome or persistent, or if you develop any other unusual
side effects while taking Cipramil, please tell your doctor.
If you notice any other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
• Always keep medicines out of reach and sight of children.
• After breaking the seal for the first time, the drops can be used for 16
weeks if stored below 25°C (room temperature)
• There is an expiry date on the label. Do not use the medicine after
this date.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Cipramil Drops contain
The active substance in Cipramil drops is citalopram (as hydrochloride).
Each ml of drops contains 40 mg citalopram. The other ingredients
are purified water, ethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, E218 (methyl
parahydroxybenzoate) and E216 (propyl parahydroxybenzoate).
What Cipramil Drops look like and contents of the pack
Cipramil drops are a colourless solution and are supplied in glass bottles
containing 15 ml
These drops are manufactured by:
H. Lundbeck A/S
Ottiliavej 9
2500 Valby
For any information about this medicine, please contact the Marketing
Authorisation holder:
Lundbeck Limited
Lundbeck House
Caldecotte Lake Business Park
Milton Keynes MK7 8LG
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2012



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