Cipramil 40 mg/ml oral drops, solution
Citalopram (as hydrochloride)
1. What Cipramil is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Cipramil
3. How to take Cipramil
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cipramil
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Cipramil belongs to a group of antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines act on the serotonin-system in the brain by increasing the serotonin level. Disturbances in the serotonin-system are considered an important factor in the development of depression and related diseases.
Cipramil contains citalopram and is used for the treatment of depression and when you feel better, to help prevent these symptoms recurring.
Further, Cipramil is used for long-term treatment to prevent the occurrence of new depressive episodes in patients who have recurrent depression.
Cipramil is also beneficial in relieving symptoms in patients prone to panic attacks.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Cipramil has been prescribed for you.
Even if you have finished taking MAOIs, you will need to wait 2 weeks before you start getting your Cipramil treatment.
After stopping Cipramil you must allow 1 week before taking any MAOI.
Please tell your doctor if you have any other condition or illness, as your doctor may need to take this into consideration. In particular, tell your doctor:
Please consult your doctor, even if these statements were applicable to you at any time in the past.
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 to sit or stand still (akathisia) can also occur during the first weeks of the treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.
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 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
Cipramil 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 attempts, suicidal thoughts and hostility (predominately aggression, oppositional behaviour and anger) when they take this class of medicines. Despite this, your doctor may prescribe Cipramil for patients under 18 because he/she decides that this is in their best interest. If your doctor has prescribed Cipramil for a patient under 18 and you want to discuss this, please go back to your doctor. You should inform your doctor if any symptoms listed above develop or worsen when patients under 18 are taking Cipramil. Also, the long term safety effects concerning growth, maturation and cognitive and behavioural development of Cipramil in this age group have not yet been demonstrated.
As with other medicines used to treat depression or related diseases, the improvement is not achieved immediately. After the start of Cipramil treatment it may take several weeks before you experience any improvement.
In the treatment of panic disorder it usually takes 2-4 weeks before any improvement is seen.
In the beginning of the treatment certain patients may experience increased anxiety, which will disappear during the 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.
Occasionally, the symptoms of depression or panic disorder may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm. It is possible that these symptoms continue or get worse until the full antidepressant effect of the medicine becomes apparent. This is more likely to occur if you are a young adult, i.e. under 25 years of age and you have not used antidepressive medicines before.
Sometimes you may be unaware of the above-mentioned symptoms and therefore you may find it helpful to ask a friend or relative to help you to observe the possible signs of change in your behavior.
Tell your doctor immediately or contact the nearest hospital if you have disturbing thoughts or experiences or if any of the above-mentioned symptoms occurs during the treatment.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Some medicinal products may affect the action of another and this can sometimes cause serious adverse reactions.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Do not take Cipramil if you take medicines for heart rhythm problems or medicines that may affect the heart’s rhythm, e.g. Class IA and III antiarrhythmics, antipsychotics (e.g. fentiazine 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 your doctor.
Cipramil can be taken with or without food (see section 3 “How to take Cipramil”).
Cipramil has been shown not to increase the effects of alcohol. Nevertheless, it is recommended not to drink alcohol during treatment with Cipramil.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Pregnant women should not usually take Cipramil nor should mothers breast-feed their babies while taking this medicine, unless you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
If you take Cipramil 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 newborn: trouble with breathing, blue-ish skin, fits, body temperature changes, feeding difficulties, vomiting, low blood sugar, stiff or floppy muscles, vivid reflexes, tremor, jitteriness, irritability, lethargy, constant crying, sleepiness and sleeping difficulties. If your newborn baby has any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately.
Make sure your midwife and/or doctor know you are on Cipramil. When taken during pregnancy, particularly in the last 3 months of pregnancy, medicines like Cipramil may increase the risk of a serious condition in babies, called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), making the baby breathe faster and appear blue-ish. 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.
Citalopram 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.
Cipramil generally does not cause drowsiness; however, if you feel dizzy or sleepy when you start to take this medicine, do not drive or work any tools or machinery until these effects wear off.
Cipramil Oral drops contain propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) and methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
Cipramil Oral drops, solution contains small amounts of ethanol (alcohol), less than 100mg per dose.
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 16 mg (8 drops) daily. The dose may be increased by your doctor to a maximum of 32 mg (16 drops) daily.
The starting dose is 8 mg (4 drops) daily for the first week before increasing the dose to 16-24 mg (8-12 drops) daily. The dose may be increased by your doctor to a maximum of 32 mg (16 drops) daily.
Elderly patients (above 65 years of age)
The starting dose should be decreased to half of the recommended dose, e.g. 8-16 mg (4-8 drops) daily.
Elderly patients should not usually receive more than 16 mg (8 drops) daily.
Patients with special risks
Patients with liver complaints should not receive more than 16 mg (8 drops) daily.
Children and adolescents (< 18 years)
Cipramil should not be given to children or adolescents. For further information please see section 2 “What you need to know before you take Cipramil”.
Cipramil is taken every day as a single daily dose.
Cipramil can be taken any time of the day with or without food.
The drops can be taken in water, orange juice or apple juice.
Count the required number of drops into your drink (water, orange juice or apple juice), stir it briefly and then drink all of it.
If you have previously received Cipramil tablets, you may find that the dose of your medicine in mg given as drops is a bit lower than that of tablets. However, because the drops are more easily absorbed than the tablets, your body will receive the same amount of medicine.
The doses of tablets correspond to doses of drops as follows:
10 mg 8 mg (4 drops)
20 mg 16 mg (8 drops)
30 mg 24 mg (12 drops)
40 mg 32 mg (16 drops)
Like other medicines for depression and panic disorder these oral drops may take a few weeks before you feel any improvement. Continue to take Cipramil even if it takes some time before you feel any improvement in your condition.
Never change the dose of the medicine without talking to your doctor first.
The duration of treatment is individual, usually at least 6 months. Continue to take the oral 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 depressions benefit from continued treatment, sometimes for several years, to prevent the occurrence of new depressive episodes.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Cipramil contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Take the Cipramil box/container with you if you go to a doctor or hospital.
Some of the signs of an overdose could be life-threatening irregular heart beat, convulsion, change in heart rhythm, drowsiness, coma, vomiting, tremor, decreased blood pressure, increased blood pressure, nausea (feeling sick), serotonin syndrome (see section 4), agitation, dizziness, dilated pupils of the eye, sweating, blue-ish skin, hyperventilation.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose, and you remember before you go to bed, take it straight away. Carry on as usual the next day. If you only remember during the night, or the next day, leave out the missed dose and carry on as usual.
Do not stop taking Cipramil until your doctor tells you to do so. When you have completed your course of treatment, it is generally advised that the dose of Cipramil is gradually reduced over a number of weeks.
If you stop taking Cipramil too quickly, you may experience discontinuation symptoms. Most people find that the symptoms are mild and go away on their own within two weeks. However, in some patients they may be severe in intensity or they may be prolonged (2-3 months or more). If you get severe discontinuation symptoms when you stop taking Cipramil, please contact your doctor.
Discontinuation symptoms include: dizziness feelings like pins and needles, sleep disturbances (vivid dreams, nightmares, inability to sleep), feeling anxious, headaches, feeling sick (nausea), vomiting, sweating, feeling restless or agitated, tremor, feeling confused or disorientated, feeling emotional or irritable, diarrhoea (loose stools), visual disturbances, fluttering or pounding heartbeat (palpitations).
When you have completed your course of treatment it is therefore advised that the dose of Cipramil is gradually reduced over a couple of weeks rather than stopped abruptly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
The majority of the side effects listed below are mild. Please be aware that many of the effects may also be symptoms of your illness and therefore will improve when you start to get better.
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Difficulty in sleeping
Dry mouth (as dry mouth may increase the risk of tooth decay it is advisable to brush your teeth more often).
Nausea (feeling sick)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Decreased sexual drive
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Disturbance in attention
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Pain in muscle and joints
Men may experience problems with ejaculation and erection
Women may experience failure to achieve an orgasm
Prickling of the skin
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Purpura: red or purple patches/spots (smaller than 1cm) of the skin caused by bleeding underneath
Depersonalisation (feeling detached from yourself)
Mania (feeling excessively elated, impulsive, irritable, or irrational)
Fast heart beat
Slow heart beat
Loss of hair
Excessive menstrual bleeding
Swelling of the arms or legs
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
Thoughts of harming yourself or thoughts of killing yourself, see also "Warnings and precautions”
Reduction in blood platelets, which increases risk of bleeding or bruising
Disruption to the hormones affecting urine production
Hypokalaemia: low blood levels of potassium which can cause muscle weakness, twitching or abnormal heart rhythm
Grinding one’s teeth
Unusual muscle movements or stiffness
Akathisia (involuntary movements of the muscles)
Low blood pressure
Ecchymosis: blue or purplish patches (bigger than 1cm) of the skin caused by bleeding underneath
Sudden swelling of skin or mucosa
Flow of milk in men and in women that are not nursing
Irregular menstrual period
Abnormal liver function test
An increased risk of bone fractures has been observed in patients taking these types of medicines
Alteration of the heart rhythm (called “prolongation of QT interval”, seen on ECG, a trace of the electrical activity of the heart).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the label or carton.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
After opening, the drops should be used within 16 weeks and stored below 25°C in the dark.
Keep the bottle in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
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.
The active substance is citalopram (as hydrochloride).
Each ml of Cipramil Oral drops, solution contains 40 mg citalopram (as citalopram hydrochloride). 1 ml = 20 drops, 1 drop = 2 mg citalopram.
The other ingredients are methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), ethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, purified water. The drops contain 9.0 % v/v alcohol (76 mg/ml).
Cipramil oral drops, solution are presented as a 40 mg/ml solution in a dropper bottle of 15 ml.
Clear, nearly colourless to yellowish solution with a bitter taste.