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Brand Names: Citadep, Celexa, Cipramil
Generic Name: Citalopram
Each Tablet contains Citalopram
What is Citalopram?
Citalopram is a medication for the treatment of depression. Citalopram helps to restore the brain's chemical balance by increasing the supply of a substance in the brain called serotonin. Citalopram appears to relieve depression by increasing serotonin levels in the brain.
How will Citalopram help my depression?
Citalopram is an antidepressant that is a member of the family of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Citalopram helps to restore the brain's chemical balance by increasing the supply of a substance in the brain called serotonin. Citalopram appears to relieve depression by increasing serotonin without affecting many of the other chemicals in the brain that influence mood.
Citalopram Drug Interactions
Citalopram should not be used for people with the following medical conditions: kidney or liver disease, seizures or a history of seizures, mania or a history of mania.
If Citalopram is taken with certain other drugs, Citalopram drug interactions could be increased, decreased, or altered. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are planning to take, and be especially certain to check with him before combining Citalopram with the following:
• Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
• Cimetidine (Tagamet)
• Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab)
• Fluconazole (Diflucan)
• Itraconazole (Sporanox)
• Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
• Lithium (Lithobid, Lithonate)
• Metoprolol (Lopressor)
• Omeprazole (Prilosec)
• Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
• Warfarin (Coumadin)
• Other antidepressants such as Elavil, Norpramin, Pamelor, and Tofranil
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of:
• liver problems
• kidney problems
• heart problems
• other mental/mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder)
• thyroid problems
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
Limit alcoholic beverages. Caution is advised when using this product in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Citalopram has a favorable side-effect profile. As with any medication, you may experience some side effects, but with Citalopram, most side effects are mild to moderate, and tend to go away as you continue taking Citalopram. The most frequent side effects reported with Citalopram are
• dry mouth
• increased sweating
• problems with ejaculation
If Citalopram overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of Citalopram overdose may include: irregular heartbeat, fainting, severe dizziness or lightheadedness.