Licensed medicines in suitable formulations
There are no suitable licensed formulations of sertraline or fluvoxamine. Other SSRIs are available in suitable formulations and may be preferred.
Citalopram 40mg/ml oral drops
Available as a licensed product and should be mixed with water, orange juice or apple juice before administration. They have an expiry of 16 weeks once opened and do not require fridge storage.
Citalopram drops are not bioequivalent to citalopram tablets; four drops (8mg) is equivalent in effect to one 10mg tablet.
Escitalopram 20mg/ml oral drops
Available as a licensed product and can be mixed with water, apple juice or orange juice before administration. They have an eight-week expiry once opened and do not require fridge storage.
Fluoxetine 20mg/5ml oral solution
Available as a licensed product. Some brands have a one-month expiry once opened (check the relevant SPC for details); they do not require fridge storage.
Fluoxetine 20mg dispersible tablets
Available as a licensed product. A whole or half tablet can be dispersed in half a glass of water. The tablets should not be crushed or chewed.
Licensed medicines used in an unlicensed manner
Citalopram, escitalopram, paroxetine or sertraline tablets
Can be crushed and/or dispersed in water, or crushed and given with soft food. The tablets are film-coated and contents may taste bitter or unpleasant. Crushed sertraline and paroxetine tablets may have a local anaesthetic effect on the tongue.
Can be opened and the contents dispersed in water or given with soft food.
In view of the licensed products available, special-order preparations may not be required.
The following is listed in Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff.
Sertraline oral suspension
Available as 25mg/5ml, 50mg/5ml and 100mg/5ml oral suspensions
- Content reviewed: Minor changes for clarity. 'Using our advice' added
- Paroxetine oral suspension removed from licensed medicines - product has been discontinued.