Are you taking, or considering taking, Citalopram? This page provides information on the medication’s benefits, side effects, and other properties.
Type of Medication: SSRI
Citalopram is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor with a chemical structure unrelated to that of other SSRIs (except its chemical relative Escitalopram) or of tricyclic, tetracyclic, or other available antidepressant medications.
Benefits of Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression
Citalopram is widely prescribed to help treat depression. It is highly selective in its action on the neurotransmitter serotonin and shows minimal effects on norepinephrine and dopamine neuronal reuptake.
Side Effects of Citalopram (Celexa)
Please note that the following side effects include only some of the most common and somewhat less common but do not include rarer side effects; the list is not exhaustive. Many people taking Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Seropram) experience none of these side effects. Please consult a physician about any unusual symptoms.
Some of the more common side effects of Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Seropram) include:
- sexual problems in males
Some of the less common side effects of Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Seropram) include:
- dry mouth
- increase in sweating
Citalopram (Celexa) and Alcohol
Although Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Seropram) has not been shown to potentiate the cognitive or motor effects of alcohol, the manufacturer recommends against the use of alcohol with the medication.
Stopping Citalopram (Celexa): Discontinuation Effects or Withdrawal Symptoms
It is best to consult a physician before discontinuing SSRIs. Specific information on the effects of stopping taking Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Seropram) was not available from the sources consulted at the time of writing, but the discontinuation effects of stopping other SSRIs include:
- abdominal cramps
- increased dreaming
Should You Buy Citalopram (Celexa) Online?
Particularly in the United States, many individuals choose to purchase medications online, either for reasons of cost savings, privacy, or both. Both brand-name Celexa and so-called ‘generic Celexa’ (i.e., Citalopram without the Celexa brand name) can sometimes be purchased at deep discounts (and sometimes without a prescription) in this way. Before undertaking any purchase of medications online, however — and certainly if you are contemplating doing so without a prior prescription — please consider the integrity of the supplier and the national and/or local laws which may apply where you live.
For more on the political and safety controversies about buying drugs online (including VIPPS, price-gouging, and more) see our separate site MedsDebate.com.
Information Sources and Disclaimer
The information provided here has been summarized in good faith purely for educational purposes. It is not intended in any way to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please do not take any action on the basis of information contained here without consulting a physician. Unless otherwise specified, information is intended to apply only to adult use of the medication. Drug interaction precautions have not been included; please consult another source for this information.
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- United States FDA-approved Product Insert for Celexa (PDF)
- United States FDA consumer information page for Celexa
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- British National Formulary
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