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Escitalopram oral drops discontinued

The manufacturer of escitalopram (Cipralex®) oral drops has written to healthcare professionals to advise that the 10mg/ml formulation will be discontinued with effect from 31st March 2011. The 20mg/ml formulation will continue to be available.

This decision is the result of a rationalisation of the manufacturing process but will also eliminate the potential for confusion and dosing errors presented by the two current strengths. Patients currently taking the 10mg/ml product can be switched to the 20mg/ml product without any need for cross tapering by halving the dose volume administered.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the discontinuation of this product. Patients who are affected should be identified and changed to a suitable alternative.

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