Generic Name: Citalopram (sye-TAL-oh-pram)Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
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 Throw away any medication that is outdated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 InformationFor 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.