Escitalopram

Usual solid dosage form
Tablets
Available as a liquid
Yes- oral drops
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes- oral drops
Liquid strengths
20mg/mL
Liquid sugar free or not
Yes. Suitable for patients with diabetes
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer escitalopram oral drops via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Add the required dose to 15-30mL of water and draw up into an enteral syringe, then administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Available as other formulations?
No
Note
Oral drops can be mixed with water, orange juice or apple juice.
Film coated
Yes
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Escitalopram
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended.