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Composition FOR ANXIFREE

Flupenthixol(0.5 mg),Escitalopram(10 mg)

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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Anxifree 0.5 mg/10 mg tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
UNSAFE
Anxifree 0.5 mg/10 mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.

SALT INFORMATION FOR ANXIFREE

Flupenthixol(0.5 mg)

Uses

Flupenthixol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia

How it works

Flupenthixol works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects the thoughts and moods.

Common side effects

Weight gain, Sleepiness, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Akathisia, Dystonia, Dry mouth, Constipation, Abnormality of voluntary movements, Parkinsonism
Escitalopram(10 mg)

Uses

Escitalopram is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

How it works

Escitalopram works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Headache, Fatigue

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Expert advice FOR ANXIFREE

  • Do not start or continue Flupenthixol and consult your doctor, if you are alergic to it.
  • Do not suddenly withdraw or discontinue therapy.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Flupenthixol can impair mental and physical coordination and, therefore, caution has to be taken before operating an automobile or machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.

Frequently asked questions FOR ANXIFREE

Flupenthixol

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What is flupenthixol deconate?
Flupenthixol belongs to a class of medication called as typical antipsychotic. It acts by increasing the amounts of chemical (serotonin), in the brain. Flupenthixol decanoate is a long-acting preparation of flupenthixol for injection into the muscles, which may be given at a frequency ranging from once in a week to once in 4 weeks

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What is flupenthixol used for?
Flupenthixol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses which are disorders where individuals are unable to distinguish between what is real and unreal, think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally

Q.

Why is flupenthixol banned?
Flupenthixol in combination with melitracen is banned in india due to safety concern

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How does flupenthixol work?
Flupenthixol belongs to a class of medication called as typical antipsychotic. It acts by normalizing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain in specific brain pathways that are responsible for causing symptoms of the disease.

Escitalopram

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What is escitalopram used for?
Escitalopram is used in the treatment of depression (major depressive episodes) and anxiety disorder - social anxiety disorder (social phobia), generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia(a fear of wide, open, public spaces) and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Is escitalopram a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)?
Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These medicines act on the serotonin system in the brain by increasing the serotonin level. Disturbed serotonin system is considered an important factor in the development of depression and related diseases. Escitalopram is used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

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Is escitalopram used for anxiety?
Yes, escitalopram is indicated for the treatment of all types of anxiety disorders - social anxiety disorder (social phobia), generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia(a fear of wide, open, public spaces) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Is escitalopram safe to use?
Escitalopram is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Does escitalopram cause weight gain?
Yes, escitalopram is commonly reported to be associated with weight gain. Kindly talk to your doctor in case you experience excessive weight gain while you are taking escitalopram.

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Does escitalopram cause hair loss?
Yes, escitalopram may cause hair loss, but this is an uncommon side effect associated with this. Please consult your doctor in case you experience excessive hair loss while taking escitalopram.

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Does escitalopram cause high blood pressure?
Escitalopram has not been reported to cause any increase in blood pressure, rather a decrease in blood pressure may be seen if the patient takes an overdose of escitalopram. Please talk to your doctor if you have any history of high or low blood pressure if you are prescribed escitalopram.

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Can I take escitalopram for life?
Take escitalopram only for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Is escitalopram addictive?
Escitalopram has not been reported to have an addictive potential. Please consult your doctor before taking escitalopram. Use escitalopram only in doses and for a duration as prescribed by your doctor.

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Is escitalopram better than sertraline?
Escitalopram and sertraline belong to the same class of medicines with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always follow doctor's advice regarding its use.

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Is escitalopram safe during pregnancy?
Escitalopram should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary and only after careful consideration of the risk vs benefit. If you are pregnant or you are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine. If you take escitalopram during the last 3 months of your pregnancy, following effects may be seen in your newborn baby: trouble with breathing, bluish skin, fits, body temperature changes, feeding problems, vomiting, low blood sugar, stiff or floppy muscles, vivid reflexes, tremor, irritability, lethargy, constant crying, sleepiness and sleeping difficulties. If your newborn baby has any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately.

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Is escitalopram a Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor?
Escitalopram has not shown to have any effect on monoamine oxidase enzyme. Escitalopram is an antidepressant which belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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Is escitalopram a narcotic substance?
Escitalopram is not a narcotic substance. Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

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Is escitalopram a tricyclic antidepressant?
Escitalopram is not a tricyclic antidepressant. Escitalopram is an antidepressant which belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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Can I take escitalopram with tramadol?
Escitalopram and tramadol both increase serotonin levels which can increase the risk of side effects like fits (seizures). Inform your doctor about any medicine currently taken before starting and while on escitalopram as a change in dose or a change in medicine may be needed.

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Can I take escitalopram with amitriptyline?
Escitalopram and amitriptyline both increase serotonin levels which can increase the risk of side effects. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with alprazolam?
Escitalopram can be taken with alprazolam. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with alcohol?
It is not advisable to use alcohol while taking escitalopram, even if no interactions have been seen between the two. Please consult your doctor before using them together.

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Can I take escitalopram with ibuprofen?
Escitalopram can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with paracetamol (acetaminophen)?
Escitalopram can be taken with paracetamol (acetaminophen). No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with citalopram?
Escitalopram and citalopram both increase serotonin levels which can increase the risk of side effects. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with gabapentin?
Escitalopram can be taken with gabapentin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with mirtazapine?
Escitalopram and mirtazapine both increase serotonin levels which can increase the risk of side effects. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take escitalopram with diazepam?
Escitalopram can be taken with diazepam. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Does escitalopram cause sleepiness?
Escitalopram has been seen to cause many sleep problems like abnormal dreams, difficulties falling asleep, feeling sleepy, dizziness, yawning. Kindly talk to your doctor in case you experience any sleep related problems while you are taking escitalopram.

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Does escitalopram make you tired?
Escitalopram is commonly reported to cause tiredness. Kindly talk to your doctor in case you experience excessive tiredness while you are taking escitalopram as the dose may need to be changed.

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Does escitalopram expire?
Yes, escitalopram does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.

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Does escitalopram cause acne?
Escitalopram has not been reported to cause acne. Please consult your doctor if you develop acne while taking escitalopram as it requires proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)