May 29, 2023

Citalopram is used to treat depression. It may improve your energy level and feelings of well-being. Citalopram is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). This medication works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain.

Warnings antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions including depression and other mental mood disorders these medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts attempts and provide other important benefits however studies have shown that a small number of people especially people younger than 25 who take antidepressants for any condition

May experience worsening depression other mental mood symptoms or suicidal thoughts attempts it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication especially for people younger than 25 even if treatment is not for a mental mood condition tell the doctor right away if you notice worsening depression other psychiatric

Conditions unusual behavior changes including possible suicidal thoughts slash attempts or other mental mood changes including new worsening anxiety panic attacks trouble sleeping irritability hostile angry feelings impulsive actions severe restlessness very rapid speech be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the

Dose is changed uses cytalopram is used to treat depression it may improve your energy level and feelings of well-being cytalopram is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ssri this medication works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance serotonin in the brain how to use citalopram hbr read the medication guide and if available

The patient information leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking cytalopram and each time you get a refill if you have any questions ask your doctor or pharmacist take this medication with or without food as directed by your doctor usually once daily in the morning or evening the dosage is based on your medical condition response to treatment age

Laboratory tests and other medications you may be taking be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use including prescription drugs non-prescription drugs and herbal products the maximum dosage for cytalopram is 40 milligrams per day if you are using the liquid form of this medication carefully measure the dose using a special measuring

Device spoon do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose to reduce your risk of side effects your doctor may direct you to start taking this drug at a low dose and gradually increase your dose follow your doctor’s instructions carefully do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed your condition will

Not improve any faster and your risk of side effects will increase take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it to help you remember take it at the same time each day keep taking this medication even if you feel well do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped

Also you may experience symptoms such as mood swings headache tiredness sleep changes and brief feelings similar to electric shock to prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug your doctor may reduce your dose gradually consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details report any new or worsening symptoms right away it may take one to

Four weeks to feel a benefit from this drug and up to several weeks before you get the full benefit tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens side effects see also warning and precautions sections nausea dry mouth loss of appetite tiredness drowsiness sweating blurred vision and yawning may occur if any of these effects persist or worsen

Tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects many people using this medication do not have serious side effects tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects including shaking tremor decreased interest in

Sex changes in sexual ability easy bruising bleeding get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects including fainting fast irregular heartbeat black stools vomit that looks like coffee grounds seizures eye pain slash swelling slash redness widen pupils vision changes such as seeing rainbows around lights at night this medication may increase

Serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome toxicity the risk increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin so tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take see drug interactions section get medical help right away if you develop some of the following symptoms fast heartbeat hallucinations loss of

Coordination severe dizziness severe nausea slash vomiting slash diarrhea twitching muscles unexplained fever unusual agitation restlessness rarely males may have a painful or prolonged direction lasting four or more hours if this occurs stop using this drug and get medical help right away or permanent problems could occur a very serious allergic reaction to this

Drug is rare however get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including rash itching swelling especially of the face slash tongue slash throat severe dizziness trouble breathing this is not a complete list of possible side effects if you notice other effects not listed above contact your doctor or pharmacist precautions

Before taking cytalopram tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to acetyloprim or if you have any other allergies this product may contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems talk to your pharmacist for more details before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history especially

Of personal or family history of bipolar manic depressive disorder personal or family history of suicide attempts liver disease seizures low sodium in the blood intestinal ulcers bleeding peptic ulcer disease or bleeding problems personal or family history of glaucoma angle closure type cytalopram may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm cutie prolongation

Qt prolongation can rarely cause serious rarely fatal fast irregular heartbeat and other symptoms such as severe dizziness fainting that need medical attention right away the risk of qt prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause qt prolongation before using cytalopram tell your doctor or pharmacist

Of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions certain heart problems heart failure slow heartbeat recent heart attack qt prolongation in the ekg family history of certain heart problems cutie prolongation in the ekg sudden cardiac death low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of qt prolongation this

Risk may increase if you use certain drugs such as diuretics water pills or if you have conditions such as severe sweating diarrhea or vomiting talk to your doctor about using cytalopram safely this drug may make you drowsy or blur your vision alcohol or marijuana cannabis can make you more drowsy do not drive use machinery or do anything that needs alertness or

Clear vision until you can do it safely avoid alcoholic beverages talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana cannabis before having surgery tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugs non-prescription drugs and herbal products older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug especially bleeding

Loss of coordination and qt prolongation see above they may also be more likely to develop a type of salt imbalance hyponatremia especially if they are also taking water pills diuretics loss of coordination can increase the risk of falling children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug especially loss of appetite and weight loss monitor weight

And height in children who are taking this drug during pregnancy this medication should be used only when clearly needed it may harm an unborn baby also babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last three months of pregnancy may rarely develop withdrawal symptoms such as feeding breathing difficulties seizures muscle stiffness or constant crying

If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn tell the doctor promptly since untreated mental mood problems such as depression obsessive-compulsive disorder panic disorder can be a serious condition do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor if you are planning pregnancy become pregnant or think you may be pregnant immediately discuss

With your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy this drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant consult your doctor before breastfeeding interactions see also precautions section drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects this document

Does not contain all possible drug interactions keep a list of all the products you use including prescription non-prescription drugs and herbal products and share it with your doctor and pharmacist do not start stop or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval some products that may interact with this drug include other drugs that can cause

Bleeding bruising including anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel and sad such as ibuprofen blood thinner such as warfarin aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with this medication however if your doctor has directed you to take low dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention usually 81 to 162 milligrams a day you should continue taking it

Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details taking mal inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious possibly fatal drug interaction avoid taking mal inhibitors isocarboxyzid linezolid methylene blue mlobemide phenolsene procarbazine rasaguline saphenamide seligaline transcepromine during treatment with this

Medication most male inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before and after treatment with this medication ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication the risk of serotonin syndrome toxicity increases if you are also taking other drugs that increase serotonin examples include street drugs such as mdma ecstasy saint john’s wort certain

Antidepressants including other ssris such as fluoxetine paroxetine snris such as dulcetine slash venlafaxin tryptophan among others the risk of serotonin syndrome toxicity may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of these drugs tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol marijuana cannabis

Antihistamines such as citrizine diphenhydramine drugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolam diazepam zolpidem muscle relaxants and opioid pain relievers such as codeine check the labels on all your medicines such as allergy or cough and cold products because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness ask your pharmacist about using those products safely

Many drugs besides cytalopram may affect the heart rhythm qt prolongation including amiodarone pimazide procainamide quinidine satellite among others cytalopram is very similar to acetyloprim do not use medications containing acetyl-berm while using cytalopram this medication may interfere with certain medical laboratory tests including brain scan for parkinson’s

Disease possibly causing false test results make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug overdose if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing call 9-1-1 otherwise call a poison control center right away u.s residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 canada

Residents can call a provincial poison control center notes do not share this medication with others laboratory and or medical tests such as ekg should be done periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects consult your doctor for more details keep all regular medical and psychiatric appointments missed dose if you miss a dose take it as soon

As you remember if it is near the time of the next dose skip the mist dose take your next dose at the regular time do not double the dose to catch up storage store at room temperature away from light and moisture do not store in the bathroom keep all medications away from children and pets do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless

Instructed to do so properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company

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