Compare Norpramin vs. Celexa

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Norpramin
(Desipramine)

Celexa
(Citalopram)

Coming soon.Improves mood and helps you relax. Celexa (Citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Might be less likely to cause side effects than some antidepressants, but not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.
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Side effects
NorpraminCelexa

We haven’t found good data for Norpramin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Norpramin »
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Dry mouth 6%
  • Abnormal ejaculation 5%
  • Ejaculation disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Tremor 2%
  • Sweating increased 2%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Loss of appetite 2%
More Celexa side effects »
How it works
NorpraminCelexa
Coming soon.Celexa (Citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
NorpraminCelexa
Coming soon.
Antidepressant
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
Prescription only
Available as
NorpraminCelexa
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for (click to learn more)
NorpraminCelexa
  • Depression
How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Norpramin (Desipramine)

After 4 weeks using Start and Celexa (Citalopram), here’s how much better people feel.

Risk factors for serious side effects
NorpraminCelexa
Coming soon.
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • At risk for bipolar disorder
  • Stopping Celexa (Citalopram) suddenly
  • Higher dose
  • History of heart problems
  • History of liver problems
  • Older age
  • Taking other blood-thinning drugs
    Detailed Celexa (Citalopram) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    NorpraminCelexa
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.
    • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.
    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
    • Celexa (Citalopram) can cause lower sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm. If the problem persists after the first 2 to 3 months, you can talk to your doctor about alternative antidepressants or performance-enhancing medications.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.
    • Stopping Celexa (Citalopram) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and dizziness. Withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 3 days of stopping the medication, and go away within 1 to 2 weeks. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.
    • Can cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
    Upsides and benefits
    NorpraminCelexa
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    • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
    • Causes less sleepiness compared to other antidepressants.
    • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
    Downsides and risks
    NorpraminCelexa
    Coming soon.
    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
    • Can cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
    • Celexa (Citalopram) can cause an irregular heartbeat if you take a high dose (40 mg a day, or more).
    • Not a good option for you if you have heart or liver problems.
    • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24 years.
    • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    NorpraminCelexa
    Coming soon.
    • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
    • Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood.
    • Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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