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Stalopam 5mg Tablet

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Stalopam 5 MG Description

Stalopam 5 mg tablet is a prescription medication commonly used for treating major depressive and panic disorders, with or without agoraphobia (fear of open spaces or crowded places). The active ingre...
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ContainsCitalopram(5.0 Mg)
UsesPanic disorder, Major depressive disorder
Side effectsReduced heart rate, Uncoordinated body movements, Sweating, Nausea, Drowsiness, Erectile dysfunction, Loss of sexual desire, Diarrhoea, Constipation, Confusion
ClassificationANTI-DEPRESSANT
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Uses of Stalopam 5 MG

  • As per CDSCO, Stalopam 5 mg tablet is used for:
  • Managing the symptoms of major depressive disorders (persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in life)
  • Treatment of panic disorders (type of an anxiety disorder), with or without agoraphobia (fear of open and crowded places)

Contraindications of Stalopam 5 MG

  • Do not take Stalopam 5 mg tablets, or take with caution:
  • If you are allergic to any of the components of the Stalopam 5 mg tablet.
  • If you are using other antidepressant medications; combined with this medicine, it can cause exaggerated side effects.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
  • If you are breastfeeding.
  • If you have a history of addictive tendencies; this medicine may cause psychological dependency.
  • If you are already using other anti-anxiety medicines or sedatives; they can interfere with the functioning of this medicine and cause adverse reactions.
  • If you have angle-closure glaucoma.
  • If you have liver disease.
  • If you are a child under 12; this medicine is not meant for children unless advised by the doctor.

Side effects of Stalopam 5 MG

  • Side effects of Stalopam 5 mg tablet include:
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in sexual drive

Precautions and Warnings of Stalopam 5 MG

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Stalopam 5 mg tablets during pregnancy?
A:
Stalopam 5 mg tablets are unsafe during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Even though there are limited human studies, animal studies have shown unwanted side effects on the developing foetus. Please consult your doctor before taking Stalopam 5 mg tablets.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take the Stalopam 5 mg tablets while breastfeeding?
A:
You should talk to your doctor before taking Stalopam 5 mg tablets while nursing, as it may be unsafe at this time. There is limited data on the effects of these tablets on the newborn. Exercise caution and monitor the breastfed infant for adverse reactions when taking this medicine while lactating.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have taken a Stalopam 5 mg Tablet?
A:
Do not drive after taking Stalopam 5 mg tablets. This medicine can cause side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, double vision, and blurred vision, affecting your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Stalopam 5 mg tablets?
A:
No, you cannot consume alcohol with Stalopam 5 mg tablets. This medicine can also increase the effects of alcohol. Alcohol can also interfere with the functioning of this medicine and cause increased side effects.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have suicidal thoughts after taking Stalopam 5 mg tablets.
  • You experience any changes in your sexual desires after taking Stalopam 5mg tablets.
  • You are a child below 18; there are not enough studies on this medicine’s safety for children. However, doctors might prescribe it if the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • You are using Ayurvedic or herbal medicines or supplements; some can cause serious side effects with this medicine.
  • You are using medications like painkillers that cause sedation or tranquillisation.
  • You are an older adult over 65 years; the effects of this medicine are exaggerated in aged persons and must be used with caution.
  • You have a seizure disorder and are on anti-epileptic medicines.
  • You are planning to have surgery or a dental procedure.
  • You have recently had a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, or lung disease.
  • You have kidney disorders; while this tablet can be safe, consult a doctor as the side effects are increased in end-stage kidney failure.
  • You have or had a liver condition; this medicine may need some dose adjustment.

Mode of Action of Stalopam 5 MG

How Does It Work?

Stalopam 5 mg tablet has a single active ingredient, escitalopram. This ingredient increases serotonin levels in the brain by blocking its reuptake by nerve cells. Serotonin is a hormone responsible f...
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Directions for Use of Stalopam 5 MG

  • Take the Stalopam 5 mg tablet in the exact dosage and at the same time every day.
  • Do not exceed the dosage, even if you cannot feel its effects.
  • Take this tablet whole with a glass of water.
  • Do not chew or break this tablet.
  • To avoid medicine interactions, do not use Stalopam 5 mg tablets with other medications without informing your doctor.
  • Do not discontinue this medication abruptly, as it causes unwanted withdrawal effects.

Interactions of Stalopam 5 MG

Interactions with other medicines

  • Take caution if you use other anti-anxiety and mood disorder medications such as linezolid, moclobemide, selegiline, etc. These, in combination with Stalopam 5 mg tablets, can cause severe reactions.
  • Using aspirin with this medicine can increase bleeding.
  • If you have bleeding issues or are on a blood thinner, Stalopam 5 mg tablets can increase bleeding.
  • Do not take other medicines that cause drowsiness, such as medicines for allergy (cetirizine), cold and cough (diphenhydramine), opiates or narcotic pain relievers (codeine and tramadol) with Stalopam...
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  • If you are using anti-epileptic medicines for seizure disorders, inform your doctor as they can increase the side effects of Stalopam 5 mg tablets.
  • If you are using other antidepressant medicines, do not use a Stalopam 5 mg tablet without informing your doctor, as it can cause severe reactions.

Interactions with food items

  • Avoid grapefruit and its juice, as this fruit can worsen the side effects of Stalopam 5 mg tablets.
  • Products containing caffeine as well as chocolates and desserts can cause an increase in serotonin, leading to serotonin toxicity and cause severe side effects.
  • You can take Stalopam 5 mg tablets before or after food.

Storage and disposal of Stalopam 5 MG

Store Stalopam 5 mg tablets in a dry area, away from direct sunlight and humid conditions. Dispose of the packaging after use. Check the expiration date before taking Stalopam 5 mg tablets. Do not use...
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Dosage of Stalopam 5 MG

Overdose

Stalopam 5 mg tablets overdose can cause symptoms like dizziness, tremors, agitation, convulsion, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, sodium and potassium electrolyte imbalance...
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Missed a Dose

If you have missed a dose of your Stalopam 5 mg tablet, take it as soon as you recall. If you remember missing a dose when it is already time to take the next dose of the Stalopam 5 mg tablet, skip th...
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Content Details

WRITTEN BY
REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Varsha Parihar

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Can I use Stalopam 5 mg tablets for a longer duration than recommended by the doctor?

A: You should use it strictly for the duration recommended by the doctor. Stalopam 5 mg tablet is a prescription medicine, and you should carefully monitor its duration. This is because it has side effects like suicidal thoughts if used long-term.

Q: Can Stalopam tablets cause erectile dysfunction if I take it everyday?

A: Stalopam 5 mg tablets can have undesirable side effects and lower sexual desire (libido) in men and women. It can also cause erectile dysfunction in men. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any changes in your sexual desires.

Q: Will I experience hair fall if I take the Stalopam 5 mg tablet?

A: Although the risk of hair loss is low, some people have reported this side effect with Stalopam 5 mg tablets. If you are experiencing severe hair loss, consult your doctor.
Product Details
Brand
STALOPAM
Country of Origin
India
Expires on or After
30/08/2024
Last Updated on: 25 Feb 2022 | 10:20 AM (IST)

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