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Citalopram

Citalopram (Celexa – Cipramil)

Benefits Seen

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

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremor
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fast heartbeat

Warnings

  • 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

Common

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Inability to sleep

Rare

  • 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