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Drug Information

What is Citalopram used for?

Citalopram tablet is used for the treatment of depression.

Citalopram may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Citalopram work?

Citalopram belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is an anti-depressant drug, which restricts reuptake of certain neurotransmitters, thereby restoring serotonin levels in brain and enhancing functions of the brain.

How to take Citalopram?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Citalopram tablet as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Citalopram, please take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Citalopram?

Drugs that interact with Citalopram include the following:

  • Abarelix
  • Adenosine
  • Benzocaine
  • Etravirine
  • Fluconazole
  • Gatifloxacin
  • Ivabradine
  • Ketoconazole
  • Lansoprazole
  • Methylene blue
  • Tramadol

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Citalopram?

The following are the most common side effects of Citalopram:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Impotence
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sinusitis
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Citalopram?

  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Citalopram.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Citalopram causes dizziness.
  • Avoid caffeine-containing food while taking Citalopram as it may increase the side effects of Citalopram.

You are advised not to take Citalopram if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Citalopram?

  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart, liver or kidney problems.

Frequently Asked Questions about Citalopram

  1. Is it safe to alter the dose of Citalopram?
  2. No. It is not advisable to alter the prescribed dose. Consult your doctor for dose-related queries.

  3. I am on Pimozide drug, can I take Citalopram simultaneously?
  4. No. It is advised not to take these drugs at the same time, as they cause drug interaction.

  5. Can I recommend Citalopram to others?
  6. It is not advisable to recommend drugs to others as the severity of the condition and medical history may not be the same for every individual.


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