2. Key facts
- It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for Ricap to work.
- Side effects such as tiredness, dry mouth and sweating are common. They're usually mild and go away after a couple of weeks.
- If you and your doctor decide to take you off Ricap, your doctor may recommend reducing your dose gradually to help prevent extra side effects.
- Ricap is called by the brand name Cipramil.
Ricap oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Celexa. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.
Ricap is also available as an oral solution.
Important: a few people taking Ricap have developed an allergic-type reaction. Although this is quite rare, you should contact your doctor straightaway if you develop any swelling around your face, any difficulties breathing, or a severe rash.
If you experience any other symptoms that you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about Ricap.
9. Common questions
Ricap is one of a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.
These medicines are thought to work by increasing the levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin in the brain.
You may not notice much improvement in your symptoms for a week or two until Ricap begins to take effect.
It usually takes between 4 and 6 weeks before you feel the full benefits.
Do not stop taking Ricap after a week or two just because you feel it isn't helping your symptoms.
Give the medicine at least 6 weeks to work.
Antidepressants like Ricap help to jump start your mood so you feel better.
You may notice that you sleep better and get on with people more easily because you're less anxious.
You'll hopefully take little things that used to worry you in your stride.
Ricap won't change your personality or make you feel euphorically happy. It'll simply help you feel like yourself again.
Don't expect to feel better overnight, though. Some people feel worse during the first few weeks of treatment before they begin to feel better.
Once you're feeling better it's likely that you'll continue to take Ricap for several more months to prevent the symptoms returning.
You'll need to discuss with your doctor the pros and cons of continuing to take Ricap for longer than a few months.
The decision will depend on the type and severity of your symptoms, whether it's a one-off problem or one that keeps coming back, how well Ricap works for you, and whether you have had any bad side effects.
For most people, Ricap is safe to take for a long time.
A few people may get sexual side effects, such as problems getting an erection or a lower sex drive. In some cases these can continue even after stopping the medicine. Speak to your doctor if you are worried.
Otherwise there don’t seem to be any lasting harmful effects from taking Ricap for many months and years.
If you have been feeling better for 6 months or more, your doctor may suggest coming off Ricap.
Your doctor will probably recommend reducing your dose gradually over several weeks, or longer if you have been taking Ricap for a long time.
This is to help prevent any extra side effects you might get as a reaction to coming off the medicine.
- feeling sick
- numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- trouble sleeping
- feeling agitated or anxious
Drugs that cause sedation or drowsiness
Taking Ricap may increase the effects of drugs that cause sedation or drowsiness. Examples of these drugs include:
Ricap comes in tablet form, in 10, 20, and 40 milligrams (mg), or as a liquid solution taken orally.
Your doctor will likely prescribe a 20 mg dose of Ricap, taken once a day, to start. That dose could be increased gradually to 40 mg a day as you adjust to the medication.
It can be taken with or without food.
It may take one to four weeks before you notice the full benefit of Ricap, so continue your medication even if you feel well.
4. How and when to take it
Take Ricap once a day. You can take it with or without food.
You can take Ricap at any time of day, as long as you stick to the same time every day.
If you have trouble sleeping, it's best to take it in the morning.