Citofast 5mg Tablet

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Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Composition for Citofast 5mg Tablet

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Primarily used for

Depression, Anxiety disorder, Phobia
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29.81
₹2.98/Tablet
10 tablets in 1 strip
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Medicine Overview of Citofast Tablet

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Uses of Citofast Tablet

Citofast 5mg Tablet is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Side effects of Citofast Tablet

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

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How to use Citofast Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Citofast 5mg Tablet at a fixed time.

How Citofast Tablet works

Citofast 5mg tablet is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It 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.

In Depth Information on Citofast Tablet

Expert advice for Citofast Tablet

  • It can take 2-3 weeks for Citofast to start working.
  • Do not stop treatment suddenly as this may cause a stomach upset, flu-like withdrawal symptoms and sleep disturbance.
  • If your doctor asks you to stop Citofast, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Citofast, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
  • The addiction/dependence potential of Citofast is very less.
  • You may develop anxiety during initiation of therapy.
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Warnings
Special precautions for Citofast 5mg Tablet
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Alcohol
CAUTION
Citofast 5mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
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Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Citofast 5mg 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.
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Lactation
CAUTION
Citofast 5mg Tablet is probably usafe to use during lactatio
n. Limited human data suggests that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
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Driving
Citofast 5mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
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Kidney
Citofast 5mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients
with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Citofast 5mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Liver
CAUTION
Citofast 5mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients
with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Citofast 5mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Dianorm 80mg Tablet, Danavir 600mg Tablet, Paliris 6mg Tablet, Cyblex 60mg XR Tablet

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Escitalopram, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Citofast 5mg Tablet

Frequently asked questions for Escitalopram

Citofast 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.
Citofast increases the activity of serotonin a chemical which is also involved in the vomiting process so makes the person nauseating.
Citofast should not be used for the treatment of bipolar disorder as it can aggravate the problem. Only in few cases, it can be used that too with caution with other drugs if depression is the more persistent feature of person's bipolar illness. But the person should be very regular with drugs prescribed for the mania part also called mood stabilisers.
Citofast is not approved for the treatment of a migraine. It is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Citofast can be used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) but there are better alternatives available, in case they don't work then Citofast can be used. Although it is prescribed in a higher dose and for longer duration in case of OCD in comparison to depression.
Citofast may itself cause sleep disorders. So it is not recommended for the sleep problem.
There are some case reports of hair loss with the use of Citofast. It is very infrequent and it usually stops after the discontinuation of the drug. It can be very distressing for a person, especially for the females. So a person should tell his doctor if he is having hair loss with the use of Citofast.
Q. Which is better medication, Citofast or sertraline?
Citofast is the safest drug in its class. Sertraline can be used in case Citofast doesn't work for depression. However, setraline can be preferred in case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Q. Which is better medication, Citofast or citalopram?
Citofast is more effective than citalopram for major depression. Although some studies have shown that there is no difference among two in case of effectiveness but some recent studies have shown Citofast to be superior to citalopram for major depression.
Q. Can I take Citofast with diphenhydramine?
It is better to avoid diphenhydramine with Citofast. Diphenhydramine can aggravate side effects of Citofast and can cause dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating.
Q. Can I take Citofast with aspirin?
It is usually avoided as it can increase the chances of bleeding.
Q. Can I take Citofast with Ibuprofen?
No. Combined these two drugs may increase the chances of bleeding especially in persons already on a blood thinner. Nasal bleeding is usually the first symptom.
Q. Can Citofast be given with lisdexamfetamine?
It is better to avoid this combined therapy of lisdexamfetamine with Citofast, it leads to increased anxiety, restlessness and sometimes serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome includes vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme changes in blood pressure and even seizure may occur. It can be life-threatening.
Q. Can I take Citofast with methylphenidate?
It is better to avoid methylphenidate with Citofast. Because methylphenidate can increase the blood levels of Citofast and its effects and rarely can cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome with symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, extreme changes in heart rate and blood pressure, blurred vision, incoordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
Q. Can I take Citofast with coffee?
There is usually no significant effect of taking coffee with Citofast but a very high quantity of consumption of coffee may cause restlessness and anxiety.
Q. Can I take Citofast with alprazolam?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Citofast with clonazepam?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can Citofast be used with hydrocodone?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Citofast with dextromethorphan?
You should not take Dextromethorphan with Citofast. It can lead to the seotonin syndrome. Before taking any medications with Citofast, your should consult with your doctor.
Q. Can I take Citofast and paracetamol?
Yes. There is no known interaction between Citofast and paracetamol.
Q. How does Citofast differ from fluoxetine?
Citofast and fluoxetin belongs to same class of medicine called as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
Q. How doses Citofast differ from amitriptyline?
Citofast is a newer drug belongs to class selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) while amitryptiline is an older drug belonging to class tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Both drugs are almost equally effective for treating depression but Citofast has much lesser side effects in comparison to amitryptiline and so preferred over amitryptiline for the treatment of depression.
Q. How does Citofast differ from imipramine?
Citofast is much safer than imipramine and is preferred in most of the conditions over imipramine. However, imipramine can be preferred in bed-wetting in children.
Tiredness is usually associated with depression. Citofast can alter the sleep quality and can make the person feel tired most of the time.<br>
You may experience withdrawal symptoms which can be in the form flu like symptoms, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, nausea or sleep problems. These symptoms usually last for one to two weeks. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.
You should consult your doctor before stopping the treatment. It would depend on the number and severity of depressive episodes.The dose should be tapered slowly to prevent intense withdrawal symptoms.<br>
No. Citofast is not addictive. Its abrupt discontinuation may cause some withdrawal symptoms. But still is not addictive as there is no drug-seeking behaviour and it has no abuse liability.
No. Citofast is not a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines decrease the anxiety and induce sleep. Citofast belongs to the class of selective sertonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It may cause insomnia and restlessness initially as the side effect which usually goes away with time.
No. Citofast is not a narcotic drug. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
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