Citalopram is an antidepressant used in the treatment of a variety of mood disorders.
How It Works
Citalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Citalopram can make more serotonin available in your brain, which can lead to a better mood.
Citalopram is FDA approved to treat major depression. This drug may also be prescribed to treat clinical depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder or panic disorder.
Dosage of Citalopram will vary depending on your unique condition. Your doctor will prescribe you the right amount of dosage to take.
Take Citalopram exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of this drug. It will not make you feel any better. Using Citalopram in higher doses can lead to worsened side effects or liver damage in the long term.
Read the patient information leaflet provided with each pack before use.
If you are taking Citalopram in the liquid form, you should use a precise medical measuring spoon to calculate the dosage. Do not use household spoons.
Your symptoms will not instantly improve once you start the treatment. It will take 4 or more weeks for you to feel the benefits. If you are taking Citalopram for depression, you may also need to undergo other forms of therapy at the same time to effectively treat the condition.
Do not suddenly stop using Citalopram. You may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Tell your doctor if you want to stop taking the drug and your dose will be gradually reduced until you stop.
Citalopram may cause one or more of the following side effects:
Sleeping problems such as insomnia
Loss of appetite
Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose
Changes in weight
Decreased sex drive
Difficulty having an orgasm
Side effects other than the ones listed above may occur.
Side effects with Citalopram are usually minor. If you experience severe or unbearable side effects, or if your side effects continue to persist, tell your doctor without delay.
You should not take Citalopram if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.
Teens, children and young adults who take antidepressants like Citalopram may experience more frequent thoughts of suicide. If this is the case, talk to your doctor or a loved one. If you are a caretaker for someone taking Citalopram, you may need to constantly monitor your ward.
Citalopram when taken during pregnancy can cause lung defects in the baby. However, it’s not advised to stop taking Citalopram without the advice of a doctor during pregnancy as doing so may cause a relapse in depression. Immediately inform your doctor if you become pregnant when taking this medication.
Do not take Citalopram if you have taken a MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. Citalopram can cause dangerous drug interactions with MAO inhibitors. Tell your doctor all other drugs, supplements and vitamins you are taking before starting Citalopram treatment.
Some medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, liver disease and narrow-angle glaucoma, may make Citalopram unsafe to take. Ask your doctor if Citalopram is safe to take given your medical history.
Take Citalopram the same time each day to remember your doses.