Citalopram (Celexa – Cipramil)
- From 4 weeks or more. You may feel worse for a few days before starting to feel better.
- Read this forum page for a Citalopram survival guide
- No More Panic forum posts about this medication can be found here: Citalopram / Celexa
If Stop Taking
- Do not stop without consulting your doctor and never abruptly
- This drug must be weaned off slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms
Overdose symptoms include
- Fast heartbeat
- Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Citalopram may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities.
- Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Citalopram or affect your condition.
- Not for use under 18 years old
- Monitor especially closely whilst starting, stopping or changing dose on this medication. Report any unusual behaviour, suicidal thoughts or ideation
Do not use if
- If you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) during the last 2 weeks. A dangerous drug interaction can occur if Citalopram is combined with any of these medications.
- Before taking Citalopram, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, have kidney disease, cardiac or blood illnesses, suffer from seizures or suffer from mania or have suicidal thoughts.
- It is not known yet whether Citalopram may harm an unborn baby. Do not take Citalopram without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
- Citalopram passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take Citalopram without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Symptoms or Side Effects
- Excessive sweating
- Inability to sleep
- headache, tremor, nervousness, or anxiety
- nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight
- sleepiness or insomnia
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
See doctor If
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
- an irregular heartbeat or pulse
- low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness)
- high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision)
- chills or fever.
See doctor NOW
- Wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased ability to walk.
- Any rash