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Celexa Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is citalopram (Celexa)?
- What are the possible side effects of citalopram (Celexa)?
- What is the most important information I should know about citalopram (Celexa)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking citalopram (Celexa)?
- How should I take citalopram (Celexa)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Celexa)?
- What happens if I overdose (Celexa)?
- What should I avoid while taking citalopram (Celexa)?
- What other drugs will affect citalopram (Celexa)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking citalopram (Celexa)?
You should not use citalopram if you are allergic to it, or if you also take pimozide.
Do not use citalopram if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
To make sure citalopram is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
- liver or kidney disease;
- seizures or epilepsy;
- heart disease, heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, slow heartbeats, or recent history of heart attack;
- personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
- an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood);
- bipolar disorder (manic depression);
- a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts; or
- if you are being treated with methylene blue injection.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using citalopram. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
FDA pregnancy category C. Taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy may cause serious lung problems in the baby. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking citalopram. Do not start or stop taking this medicine during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.
Citalopram can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using citalopram.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I take citalopram (Celexa)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
It may take 4 weeks or longer before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.
Do not stop using citalopram suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using citalopram.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Celexa Information
- Celexa Drug Interactions Center: citalopram oral
- Celexa Side Effects Center
- Celexa Overview including Precautions
- Celexa FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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