Highlighting side effects, warnings, interactions, and more
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|US brand name: Celexa|
| Generic name: citalopram |
Celexa’s Potential Side Effects
Potential Side Effects All Crazy Meds Have
No matter which neurological and/or psychiatric drug you take, you’ll probably get one or more of these side effects. These will usually be gone, or at least will diminish to the point where you barely notice it most of the time, within a week or two.
- Drowsiness / fatigue - even when taking stimulants in some circumstances.
- Insomnia, instead of or alternating with the drowsiness.
- Assorted other minor GI complaints (constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
- Generally feeling spacey / out of it
- Which can all add up to the ever-helpful “flu-like symptoms” listed as an adverse event on the PI sheet of practically every medication on the planet used to treat almost any condition humans and other animals could have.1
- All crazy meds can, and probably will affect your dreams as well. There is no way of telling if that will be good or bad, let alone if this side effect is permanent or temporary.
- Any of the above side effects you see listed again below means they’re even more likely to happen and/or stick around longer and/or are worse than most other meds.
Typical Potential Side Effects
The usual for SSRIs - headache , nausea , dry mouth , sweating , sleepiness or insomnia (sleeping is more likely), constipation or diarrhea (I wish SSRIs would make up their minds about these contradictory side effects), weight gain (if it happens the weight gain can be pretty bad for an SSRI), and assorted sexual dysfunctions . Most everything but the weight gain and bedroom problems usually goes away within a couple of weeks.
Uncommon Potential Side Effects
Tremor , brand new anxiety or exacerbation of existing anxiety , acne , disruption of your menstrual cycle . Given that it works on PMDD and severe hot flashes, those last two shouldn’t be much of a surprise if they happen.
Somewhere between rare and uncommon are heart arrhythmia problems like torsades de pointes (TdP)/prolonged QT interval (QTc) . This happens more often than I had originally thought. Here’s a list of drugs to totally avoid if you have a history of TdP/QTc/cardiac arrhythmia.
Freaky Rare Side Effects
Rectal hemorrhage . Hiccups that won’t stop . Mouse had the unending hiccups. At the time it’s only funny when something like that happens to someone else. A year or two later, or even a couple months, it’s pretty funny no matter whom it happened to.
Not all side effects have been listed here, just the most likely and most interesting. For all reported side effects, see Celexa’s PI Sheet.
What You Really Need to be Careful About
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your immediate family has had any kind of heart problem.
C-Use with caution
Celexa’s Noted Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions
- NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, e.g.)
- Drugs that mess with CYP2C19, such as:
Check for Other Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions Celexa may have at
Drugs.com’s drug-drug and drug-food interaction checker
It’s always a good idea to check for drug-drug interactions yourself. Just because most people in the crazy meds business know about really important interactions (e.g. MAOIs and a lot of stuff, warfarin and everything on the planet) doesn’t mean the person who prescribed your meds told you about them, or the pharmacist has all the meds you take at their fingertips like they’re supposed to. Or they have the time to do their jobs properly when not dealing with complete idiots or playing Angry Farmers on teh Faecesbooks.
Learn more about drug-everything interactions on our page of tips about taking crazy meds.
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1 As well as being an indication of half of said conditions.
|Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 16:45:52 by JerodPoore||Page Author Jerod Poore||Date created Monday, 28 January 2013 at 17:14:56|
|“Celexa (citalopram) Pharmacology” by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2013 Jerod Poore ||Published online 2013/01/29|
Celexa, and all other drug names on this page and used throughout the site, are the trademarks of someone else. Celexa’s PI Sheet will probably have the name of the manufacturer and trademark owner (they’re not always the same company) at or near the very bottom. Or ask Google who the owner is. The way pharmaceutical companies buy each other and swap products like Monopoly™ real estate, the ownership of the trademark may have changed without my noticing. It may of changed hands by the time you finished reading this article.
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