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Escigress 5mg Tablet

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Escigress 5 MG Description

Escigress is a prescription medication. It is used in the management of depression. The active component of Escigress is Citalopram. Depression is a condition characterised by pervasive low mood.

Patients present with complaints like feeling down, decreased motivation, feelings of hopelessness and dread, and loss of interest in daily activities, which can be debilitating. Multiple brain pathways and chemical messengers are indicated in depression, chiefly serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Anti-depressant medications target these pathways and neurotransmitters to help relieve the symptoms of depression. The medication should be taken as per the doctor's prescription. It should not be abruptly started or stopped, as it may cause withdrawal effects. Take the Escigress pill at the same time every day is advisable for maximum efficacy


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ContainsCitalopram(5.0 Mg)
UsesTreatment of Major Depressive Disorder
Side effectsSleepiness & Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Increased sweating, Loss of libido, loss of orgasm, Reduced appetite, Fatigue, Muscle pain, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, Tremors, Dizziness, Impairment of memory
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Uses of Escigress 5 MG

  • Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Contraindications of Escigress 5 MG

  • It is contraindicated in patients with known citalopram, clonazepam or benzodiazepine hypersensitivity or known allergies to any components in this medication.
  • This medication should not be used in patients with abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Citalopram should not be used to treat children and adolescents below 18.
  • It is contraindicated in patients with significant liver and kidney dysfunction.
  • It is contraindicated in patients with angle-closure glaucoma.

Side effects of Escigress 5 MG

  • Sleepiness & Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased sweating
  • Loss of libido,
  • Loss of orgasm
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea,
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Impairment of memory

Precautions and Warnings of Escigress 5 MG



Can I take Escigress during pregnancy?
Escigress is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can affect the foetus, although it does not cause major malformations. Discuss with your treating physician for more information. Inform your doctor regarding your pregnancy or intention to conceive.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Escigress while breastfeeding?
Escigress is considered unsafe during breastfeeding as it can be excreted in the milk at low levels.


Can I drive if I have taken Escigress?
This medication can cause side effects such as drowsiness, sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness etc. Hence, driving and the use of heavy machinery are not recommended.


Can I consume alcohol with the Escigress?
The use of alcohol and CNS depressants with Escigress is not recommended as it can cause increased sedation and drowsiness.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are on any other medications you are taking. This tablet interacts with many other medications that use the same metabolic enzymes.
  • You witness any mood changes or suicidal thoughts.

Mode of Action of Escigress 5 MG

How Does It Work?

Citalopram works by acting on brain pathways that involve the chemical messenger or neurotransmitter called Serotonin. It prevents the re-absorption of serotonin by nerves, a process called reuptake, ...
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Directions for Use of Escigress 5 MG

  • This medication should be taken as prescribed by the treating physician.
  • It is recommended to take this medication on a regular schedule, i.e., at the same time every day, for optimal pharmacological effects of this medication.
  • Swallow this medication entirely.
  • Don't crush, chew or break this tablet.
  • It's recommended to finish the full course of this medication as prescribed by your treating doctor. It may take about two weeks for the maximum efficacy of this medicine to manifest.

Interactions of Escigress 5 MG

Interactions with other medicines

  • This drug should not be used concomitantly or within two weeks of Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) like Selegiline, Rasagiline, etc. It may cause serotonin syndrome, which is potentially life-thre...
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  • The use of this medicine with thioridazine, pimozide, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors, including linezolid or methylene blue, is also contraindicated.
  • Patients who are taking other medications that increase serotonin levels should receive education regarding the risks.
  • It should not be mixed with medicines that cause the arrest of bleeding, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, heparin, warfarin, and other anti-coagulants or other medicines that cause decreased platelet activity...
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  • It is contraindicated with medications that cause changes in heart rhythms.
  • Inform your doctor about your current medications at the time of prescription of Escigress.

Interactions with food items

  • This medication doesn’t have any known interaction with food items.

Storage and disposal of Escigress 5 MG

Store in a cool and dry place away from direct light and moisture. Keep the tablets away from children and pets. Don’t flush the medication down the toilet. Dispose of it with biomedical waste only.

Dosage of Escigress 5 MG


The overdose symptoms may include excessive sleepiness, convulsions, tremors, fall in BP, increased heart rate, abnormal heart rhythms, coma, and cardiac arrest. In case of a suspected overdose, rush ...
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Missed a Dose

If you miss a dose of this tablet, it is advised to take it as soon as possible. If the duration missed is too long, and it is almost time for the next dose, it is recommended to skip the missed dose ...
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: I have been using this medicine for a few days but feel no change. What should I do?

A: Escigress can usually be efficacious within the first week of use but can take 2-3 weeks for maximum efficacy. Take this medication as directed by your treating physician. It is essential to review routinely for appropriate dose adjustment. Talk to your doctor for more information.

Q: I have been using this medicine for a while and feel better. Can I stop taking it?

A: This medication should be used for the recommended period for maximum efficacy per your treating physician. Anti-depressants are usually required for 6-9 months to resolve symptoms and decrease recurrence chance completely. Talk to your doctor for more information. Abrupt stoppage can result in withdrawal side effects.

Q: I have been taking Escigress, but I feel worse since I started. I don’t feel like eating, and my weight has been reduced by 5kgs. Can I stop it?

A: Escigress can cause loss of appetite and weight loss. However, it should not be stopped suddenly. Consult your doctor to understand how to manage any side effects you experience.
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