Celexa

(citalopram)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 520 reviewsforCelexa
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Improves mood.

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Celexa (citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Side effects are less likely to happen compared to other antidepressants; however, it is not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.

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Quick facts about Celexa
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (citalopram)

Upsides

  • Effectively relieves depression symptoms.
  • This medicine is not as drowsy as other antidepressants.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
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Downsides

  • Can cause sexual side effects like decreased sex drive, difficulties with orgasm or ejaculation, and minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
  • Celexa (citalopram) may not be a good option if you have heart or liver problems.
  • Like most antidepressants, Celexa (citalopram) can increase risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in people younger than 24 years.
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How it works

Celexa (citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which helps regulate mood.

Quick facts about Celexa
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (citalopram)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Celexa (citalopram) for Depression

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
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Side effect rates for Celexa (citalopram)

From 1509 clinical trials of Celexa when taken for depression (ranging from 10 to 80 mg/day)
  • Nausea
    21%21%
    14%14%
  • Dry mouth
    20%20%
    14%14%
  • Drowsiness
    18%18%
    10%10%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    15%15%
    14%14%
  • Increased sweating
    11%11%
    9%9%
  • Tremor
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Diarrhea
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Abnormal ejaculation
    6%6%
    1%1%
  • Indigestion
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Fatigue
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Upper airway infection
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Stuffy nose
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Anxiety
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Anorexia
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Abdominal pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Agitation
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Menstrual cramps
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
  • Erection difficulties
    3%3%
  • Fever
    2%2%
  • Joint pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Decreased sex drive
    2%2%
  • Yawning
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Celexa.

Celexa (citalopram)
Placebo

People taking Celexa felt side effect more

People taking Celexa felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Celexa (citalopram)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Celexa (citalopram) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Watch for worsening depression or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Report anything concerning to a doctor immediately. Celexa (citalopram) is not approved for use in children younger than age 18.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Celexa (citalopram) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats depression.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats depression.

Common concerns from people taking Celexa (citalopram)

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Alcohol
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 7/11/2017Don't drink alcohol unless you're also drinking a lot of water. The alcohol will hit you a lot harder and a lot quicker. Also extreme drowsiness.
    22
    Woman
    A year or so
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 9/19/2016Don't drink alcohol
    22
    Man
    Depression
Food
  • Take Celexa (citalopram) with or without food, but take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 8/27/2017When I didn't take it with food I got really dizee
    34
    Man
    Two years or more
    Depression
Sex
  • Can cause sexual side effects like decreased sex drive, difficulties with orgasm or ejaculation, and minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed CelexaI have no libido which has caused friction between my partner.
    30
    Woman
    A year or so
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 6/26/2016Caused decreased libido at first.
    25
    Man
    Depression
Sleep
  • Celexa (citalopram) can make you sleepy. Don't drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • This medicine is not as drowsy as other antidepressants.
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 1/14/2017I was so drowsy I couldn't function. I also had no motivation or focus to do my homework, or show up for class. It helped with my anxiety, but I didn't care about anything anymore.
    25
    Woman
    Depression
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed citalopramon 3/4/2018Take at night to avoid daytime drowsiness
    40
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 6/24/2017I take it before bed to help me sleep.
    38
    Woman
    A few months
    Panic disorder
Weight
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Celexaon 8/21/2015Be sure to take it at the same time every day. I get horrible, migraine-like headaches if I take it late. Also, I've gained so much weight since taking it.
    51
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Depression
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed unsureon 2/21/2018Took it for depression, didn't help, made me nauseous and i lost weight, got even more anxiety. Stopped after 7 weeks
    24
    Woman
    A few months
    Would rather not say
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed citalopramon 10/17/2017I gained weight
    35
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Depression

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