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CITALOPRAM 40 MG/ML ORAL DROPS SOLUTION
Active substance(s): CITALOPRAM HYDROCHLORIDE
Citalopram 40 mg/ml oral drops, solution
Citalopram (as hydrochloride)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because
it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any of the side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
The name of your medicine is, ‘Citalopram 40 mg/ml oral drops, solution’ will
be referred to as Citalopram oral drops throughout this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Citalopram oral drops are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Citalopram oral drops
3. How to take Citalopram oral drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Citalopram oral drops
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT CITALOPRAM ORAL DROPS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE
How does Citalopram oral drops work?
Citalopram 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 are Citalopram oral drops used for?
Citalopram oral drops contain citalopram and is used for the treatment of
depression and, when you feel better, to help prevent these symptoms recurring.
Citalopram is also used for long-term treatment to prevent the occurrence of new
episodes of depression or if you have recurrent depression.
Citalopram is also beneficial in relieving symptoms if you tend to suffer from
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE CITALOPRAM
Do not take Citalopram oral drops:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to citalopram, or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine listed in section 6. Consult your doctor if you
think you might be
• 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 Citalopram oral drops. One day must elapse after you have finished
taking moclobemide. After stopping Citalopram oral drops 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 Other medicines and Citalopram oral drops below).
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking Citalopram oral drops.
Please tell your doctor if you have any medical problems, especially if you have:
• liver disease
• kidney disease
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• 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
• 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 attack
• 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 rate.
Please consult your doctor, even if these statements were applicable to you at any
time in the past.
Please note: 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 Citalopram
oral drops 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 disorder
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
• 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.
Children and adolescents under 18 years of age
Citalopram oral drops 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
oral drops for patients aged under 18 because he/she decides that this is in their
best interests. If your doctor has prescribed Citalopram oral drops 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 Citalopram oral drops. Also, the long-term
safety effects concerning growth, maturation and cognitive and behavioural
development of Citalopram oral drops in this age group have not yet been
Other medicines and Citalopram oral drops
Medicines may affect the action of other medicines and this can sometimes
cause serious adverse reactions.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have taken or might take any
other medicines (including those purchased without prescription or any herbal
medicines) during the last 14 days. This includes other medicines for depression
(see Do not take Citalopram oral drops above).
• the herbal remedy St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum). This should not
be taken at the same time as Citalopram oral drops
• monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These should not be taken at the
same time as Citalopram oral drops (see Do not take Citalopram oral drops
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 Citalopram oral drops you should
see your doctor
• lithium (used to prevent and treat mania) and tryptophan (an anti-depressant)
• pimozide (a neuroleptic). This should not be taken at the same time as
Citalopram oral drops
• 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 anti-inflammatory
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
• neuroleptics (used in the treatment of schizophrenia).
Do not take Citalopram oral drops 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
Citalopram oral drops with food and drink
Citalopram oral drops can be taken with or without food (see section 3 “How to
take Citalopram oral drops”).
As with all antidepressants, it is sensible to avoid drinking alcohol whilst
receiving treatment although Citalopram oral drops 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 planning to have a baby, tell your
doctor. Do not take Citalopram oral drops 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 Citalopram oral drops.
When taken during pregnancy, particularly in the last 3 months of pregnancy,
medicines like Citalopram oral drops may increase the risk of a serious condition
in babies, called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the new-born (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 Citalopram oral drops 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 new-born: 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
new-born baby gets any of these symptoms please contact your midwife and/or
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 Citalopram oral drops because small amounts of the
medicine can pass into the breast milk.
Citalopram oral drops 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
Citalopram oral drops 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.
Citalopram oral drops contains ethanol (alcohol), E216 and E218
This medicine contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), which may cause allergic reactions (possibly
delayed). This medicine also contains small amounts of ethanol (alcohol), less
than 100mg in all doses.
3. HOW TO TAKE CITALOPRAM ORAL DROPS
How much to take
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is 16mg (8 drops) per day. This may be increased by your doctor
to a maximum of 32mg (16 drops) per day.
The starting dose is 8mg (4 drops) per day for the first week before increasing
the dose to between 16-24mg (8 to 12 drops) per day. The dose may be increased
by your doctor to a maximum of 32mg (16 drops) per day.
Elderly people (above 65 years of age)
The starting dose should be decreased to half of the recommended dose, e.g.
8-16mg per day. Elderly patients should not usually receive more than 16mg (8
drops) per day.
Children and adolescents (less than 18 years of age)
Citalopram oral drops should not be given to children or adolescents under 18
years of age. For further information, see section 2, What you need to know
before you take Citalopram oral drops.
Patients with special risks
Patients with liver complaints should not receive more than 16mg (8 drops) per day.
If you have previously taken Citalopram 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:
Tablets / dose Equivalent
8 mg (4 drops)
16 mg (8 drops)
24 mg (12 drops)
32 mg (16 drops)
How and when to take Citalopram oral drops
The drops are for oral use and can be taken in a drink of water, or orange or
Citalopram oral drops is taken every day as one dose at any time of the day.
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 Citalopram oral drops than you should
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too many Citalopram
oral drops, contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department
immediately. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Take the Citalopram oral drops box/container with you if you go to a doctor or
hospital so that the doctor knows what you have taken. Some of the signs of an
overdosage could be life-threatening.
Symptoms of overdosage may include:
• irregular heart beat
• changes in heart rhythm
• feeling sick (nausea)
• fast heart beats
• changes in blood pressure
• serotonin syndrome (see section 4)
• enlarged eye pupils
• bluish skin
• breathing too quickly.
If you forget to take Citalopram oral drops
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a
If you stop taking Citalopram oral dropsStopping 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 Citalopram oral
drops 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
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them. 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 Citalopram oral drops and seek medical advice immediately if you
have any of the following symptoms:
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• difficulty in breathing
• swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat that causes difficulty in swallowing
• severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps)
• fast, irregular heartbeat, fainting which could be symptoms of a lifethreatening 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
• tiredness, confusion and twitching of your muscles. These may be signs of a
low blood level of sodium (hyponatraemia).
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’
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• 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 than usual)
• feeling sick (nausea)
• changes in your sleeping pattern
• loss of body strength, weakness.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• lack of appetite
• decreased sex drive
• abnormal dreams
• reduced emotions, indifference (apathy)
• tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
• problems concentrating
• ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• loss of memory (amnesia)
• pounding heartbeat (palpitations)
• blocked or runny nose (rhinitis)
• stomach pain
• flatulence (wind)
• increase in saliva (drooling)
• pain in muscles and joints
• for men, problems with ejaculation and erection
• for females, failing to reach an orgasm
• prickling of the skin
• loss of weight.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• bruising easily
• increased appetite
• large pupils (the dark centre of the eye)
• fast heart beat
• slow heart beat
• nettle rash
• loss of hair
• sensitivity to sunlight
• difficulties urinating
• excessive menstrual bleeding
• swelling of the arms or legs
• increased weight
• episodes of feeling disconnected from one’s body and thoughts
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
• increased sex drive
• involuntary movements
• taste disturbances
• feeling unwell (malaise)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• an increase in bleeding or bruising caused by a decrease in blood platelets
• rash (hypersensitivity)
• low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia), which can cause muscle
weakness, twitching or abnormal heart rhythms
• panic attack
• grinding teeth
• unusual muscle movements or stiffness
• involuntary movements of the muscles (akathisia)
• low blood pressure
• 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
• trouble in seeing (vision disturbance)
• excessive uterine bleeding (metrorrhagia).
If you experience any other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or
search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of
5. HOW TO STORE CITALOPRAM ORAL DROPS
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach 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).
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label
after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Do
not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Citalopram oral drops contains
The active substance in Citalopram oral drops is citalopram (as hydrochloride).
Each 1ml of Citalopram oral drops contains 40mg of citalopram (as hydrochloride).
Each 1ml of Citalopram oral drops, solution contains 20 drops.
Each drop contains 2mg citalopram (as hydrochloride).
The other ingredients are methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), purified water, ethanol and hydroxyethylcellulose.
What Citalopram oral drops looks like and contents of the pack
Citalopram oral drops is a clear, colourless to pale yellowish liquid supplied in
an amber coloured glass bottle.
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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
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 Citalopram oral drops, please tell your doctor.
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 Citalopram
oral drops even if it takes some time before you feel any improvement in your