Celexa (Citalopram)

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Generic Name: Citalopram
Brand Names: Celexa
Dosage: 10mg, 20mg, 40mg
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Citalopram (Celexa) is antidepressant, belonging to the group of serotonin. It improves mood, relieves anxiety, and decreases the feeling of fear and tension. Celexa also eliminates dysphoria, reduces obsessive-compulsive disorder, and practically does not cause sedation.

Persistent clinical effect develops after 7-10 days of regular admission.

Side effects

  1. nervous system: dizziness, headache, tremor, somnolence, insomnia, agitation, nervousness, headache, paresthesia; sleep disturbances, impaired concentration, amnesia, anxiety, decreased libido, increased appetite, anorexia, apathy, suicidal attempts, confusion, fatigue, mood changes, aggressive behavior, emotional lability, agitation, mania, hypomania, panic behavior;
  2. cardiovascular system: atrial flutter, tachycardia, bradycardia, orthostatic hypotension, increased or decreased blood pressure, supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias;
  3. digestive system: nausea, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, anorexia, excessive salivation;
  4. urinary system: frequent urination, polyuria;
  5. metabolic disorders: decrease or increase in body weight, hyponatraemia, hyperthermia;
  6. respiratory system: rhinitis, sinusitis, cough, shortness of breath;
  7. skin: increased sweating, rash, itching, sensitivity to light, epidermal necrolysis;
  8. others: asthenia, fatigue, allergic reactions, syncope, malaise, mammalgia, yawning, gnashing of teeth, and anaphylactoid reactions.


Citalopram doesn’t apply in pediatrics and is contraindicated for patients with hypersensitivity to the drug, heart disease and liver or kidney failure.

How to take

The drug is taken orally with a full glass of water, regardless of the meal.

The initial dose is 10-20 mg / day, and if necessary, can be increased up to 60 mg / day.

Duration of treatment is determined by the condition of the patient, efficacy and tolerability of the therapy, but usually lasts for 6 months.

Drug interactions

The effects of sumatriptan and other serotonergic drugs may be increases with the simultaneous usage of Citalopram.

The medicine doesn’t have influence on action of ethanol, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics (neuroleptics), narcotic analgesics, beta-blockers, phenothiazines, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Missed dose

Take the medicine as soon as you remember. However, dont take the double dose and continue the prescribed dosage.


Symptoms of overdose are convulsions, drowsiness, tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension or hypertension, muscle, nausea, vomiting, and tremor.

Treatment of overdose includes gastric lavage.

In case of severe overdose, contact emergency services immediately (USA/UK – 911 / 112 / 999).


The medicine should be kept in a dry place with temperature no higher than 25C, away from children.

Has a Generic Citalopram been approved?

Yes. It’s not different from the brand medication.

The following manufacturers have been approved by the FDA:

  • Manufacturer: AMNEAL PHARMS NY
    Approval date: November 30, 2006
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE , EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE
  • Manufacturer: APOTEX INC
    Approval date: November 24, 2004
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE, EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE
  • Manufacturer: AUROBINDO
    Approval date: October 28, 2004
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE, EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE
  • Manufacturer: CIPLA LTD
    Approval date: November 5, 2004
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE, EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE
  • Manufacturer: DR REDDYS LABS LTD
    Approval date: October 28, 2004
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE, EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE
  • Manufacturer: EPIC PHARMA
    Approval date: April 29, 2005
    Strength(s): EQ 10MG BASE, EQ 20MG BASE, EQ 40MG BASE

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