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    citalopram and clarythromycin

    Hey
    has anyone got any experience of taking clarythromycin with citalopram. I've just started 20mg of citalopram for last 5 weeks and been prescribed clarythromycin for a chest infection. I'm worried cos when I googled it it said they could cause a fatal heart arrhythmia if taken together. I asked the pharmacist and he said it was fine and doctor surely wouldn't have prescribed it if it was dangerous....ahhh its causing me panic attacks!

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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    Both drugs can prolong the QT interval, which is probably where you're getting these scare stories from.
    This would be concerning in an old, "failing health" individual, but in a young, healthy person, this wouldn't be as much of a concern, especially with a low or moderate dose. This is very much so a clinical decision, with risk:benefits being established.

    As I don't know anything about you at all, I am only giving very basic advice, not specific to your case.

    You should follow your pharmacists advice.
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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    Quote Originally Posted by RadioGaGa View Post
    This would be concerning in an old, "failing health" individual, but in a young, healthy person, this wouldn't be as much of a concern, especially with a low or moderate dose. This is very much so a clinical decision, with risk:benefits being established.
    Agree with RG. There is a theoretical risk of QT prolongation but 20mg of citalopram is a low-moderate dose. Also, there appears to be an interaction between clarithromycin and ALL AD meds.

    Sure you will be just fine
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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    Thanks so much guys, you've really put my mind at ease. I seem to have terrible anxiety around taking meds.
    I am 37 female with no known heart conditions so im sure it's ok!

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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    The advice I would give, is if you're scared of taking medication, is in future to ask your pharmacist if you can take a new drug "every other day", with a day off in between, until you feel comfortable enough to get to a therapeutic dose. You could also ask about halving tablets, again until you feel comfortable to take a therapeutic dose. Ask about other formats e.g. if you prefer liquid to tablets.

    Do not do this without first consulting your pharmacist, as doing so with particular drugs (e.g. anti-epileptics, Parkinson's, antibiotics, anticoagulants, list not exhaustive!!!) would NOT be appropriate and could cause severe harm!!!

    This would NOT be appropriate to do with Clarithromycin. So don't do it for this drug!
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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    Thank you x

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    Re: citalopram and clarythromycin

    I've been getting really bad panic attack last 24hrs. thinking this may be the antibiotic? my chest isn't getting any better either. do I stop taking them?

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