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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Celexa

Generic Name: citalopram (Pronunciation: si TAL o pram)

What is citalopram (Celexa)?

Citalopram is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Citalopram is used to treat depression.

Citalopram may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Celexa 10 mg

oval, beige, imprinted with F P, 10 MG

Celexa 20 mg

elliptical, pink, imprinted with F P, 20 MG

Celexa 40 mg

elliptical, white, imprinted with F P, 40 MG

Citalopram 10 mg-AMN

oval, orange, imprinted with IP 52

Citalopram 10 mg-APO

oval, pink, imprinted with APO, CI10

Citalopram 10 mg-CAM

round, beige, imprinted with IG, 206

Citalopram 10 mg-EON

oblong, orange, imprinted with E 371

Citalopram 10 mg-GRE

round, peach, imprinted with 05, A

Citalopram 10 mg-PER

round, beige, imprinted with 280, KALI

Citalopram 10 mg-TEV

oblong, peach, imprinted with 93, 4740

Citalopram 10 mg-TOR

round, brown, imprinted with 10

Citalopram 10 mg-WAT

round, white, imprinted with 3176, WPI

Citalopram 20 mg-AMN

oval, pink, imprinted with IP 53

Citalopram 20 mg-APO

oblong, pink, imprinted with APO, CI 20

Citalopram 20 mg-CAM

round, pink, imprinted with 207, I G

Citalopram 20 mg-EON

oblong, pink, imprinted with E 372

Citalopram 20 mg-PER

round, pink, imprinted with 281, KALI

Citalopram 20 mg-RED

round, pink, imprinted with RDY 343

Citalopram 20 mg-TEV

oblong, pink, imprinted with 9 3, 4741

Citalopram 20 mg-TOR

oval, brown, imprinted with 1010, 2 0

Citalopram 20 mg-WAT

round, white, imprinted with WPI, 3177

Citalopram 40 mg-AMN

oval, white, imprinted with IP 54

Citalopram 40 mg-APO

oval, white, imprinted with APO, CI 40

Citalopram 40 mg-CAM

round, white, imprinted with I G, 209

Citalopram 40 mg-PER

round, white, imprinted with 282, KALI

Citalopram 40 mg-RED

round, white, imprinted with RDY 344

Citalopram 40 mg-TEV

oblong, white, imprinted with 9 3, 4742

Citalopram 40 mg-TOR

oval, brown, imprinted with 1011, 4 0

Citalopram 40 mg-WAT

round, white, imprinted with WPI, 3178

What are the possible side effects of citalopram (Celexa)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out;
  • agitation, hallucinations, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, feeling like you might pass out;
  • headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats; or
  • headache, slurred speech, severe weakness, muscle cramps, feeling unsteady, seizure (convulsions), shallow breathing (breathing may stop).

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, tired feeling;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • mild nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, dry mouth;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough;
  • increased sweating or urination, weight changes; or
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about 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.

Before taking citalopram, tell your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder, a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome, or an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. There are many other medicines that can increase your risk of heart rhythm problems if you use them together with citalopram.

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.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this medication. Do not start or stop taking citalopram during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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