Celexa ģ

Generic Name: Citalopram (sye-TAL-oh-pram)

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI


Drug Uses

This medicine is used to treat depression.

General Information

Only 1 in 10 Americans will seek treatment for depression. For more information on this condition, please talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

This medicine works by restoring the brain's chemical balance by increasing the amount of a natural substance called serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that helps nerve cells in the brain communicate and is believed to affect ones mood.

How to Take It

This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1 week.

Possible Side Effects

    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • increased sweating
    • problems ejaculating


    • Donít stop taking this medicine until you have consulted with your doctor first.

    • Also, make sure that you know how the medicine affects you before driving or performing other tasks that require your full attention.


    • Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.

Drug Interactions

    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin. This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not take this medicine with St. Johnís Wort because of the additive effects of sertonin.

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breast-feed while taking this medicine.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.


Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.