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Citalopram

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Uses

Citalopram is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

How it works

Citalopram works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

Common side effects

Sleep disorder, Fatigue, Nausea, Dry mouth, Increased sweating, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • It can take 2-3 weeks for Citalopram to start working.
  • Do not stop treatment suddenly as this may cause a stomach upset, flu-like withdrawal symptoms and sleep disturbance.
  • If your doctor asks you to stop Citalopram, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Citalopram, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
  • The addiction/dependence potential of Citalopram is very less.
  • You may develop anxiety during initiation of therapy.

Frequently asked questions

Citalopram

Q. What citalopram used for?
Citalopram is used in the treatment of depression and panic disorder
Q. Does citalopram cause weight gain/ high blood pressure/ headaches?
Citalopram may cause certain side effects such as headaches, high blood pressure and rarely rapid weight gain
Q. Does citalopram contain monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)?
Citalopram does not contain MAOI. However, citalopram should not be taken if a MAOI inhibitor is taken in the past 14 days, as it may cause dangerous drug interaction.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)