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Citalopram Side Effects (Brand Name Celexa)

Bipolar Medications Library


Updated June 10, 2014

Citalopram (brand name Celexa) is an SSRI antidepressant that may be prescribed in the treatment of bipolar disorder. People taking Celexa or citalopram should be aware of the potential side effects.

Citalopram Side Effects

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More common: drowsiness; dryness of mouth; nausea; trouble in sleeping;

Less common: Abdominal pain; anxiety; change in sense of taste; diarrhea; gas; headache; heartburn; increased sweating; increased yawning; loss of appetite; pain in muscles or joints; stuffy or runny nose; tingling, burning, or prickly feelings on skin; tooth grinding; trembling or shaking; unusual increase or decrease in weight; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting; watering of mouth;

Always Notify Doctor Immediately:

More common: Decrease in sexual desire or ability;

Less common: Agitation; blurred vision; confusion; fever; increase in frequency of urination or amount of urine produced; lack of emotion; loss of memory; menstrual changes; skin rash or itching; trouble in breathing;

Rare: Bleeding gums; breast tenderness or enlargement or unusual secretion of milk (in females); dizziness or fainting; irregular heartbeat; low blood sodium (confusion, convulsions [seizures], drowsiness, dryness of mouth, increased thirst, lack of energy); mood or mental changes; nose bleed; painful urination; purple or red spots on skin; sore throat, fever, and chills; red or irritated eyes; redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of skin; or

Signs of serotonin syndrome: agitation, confusion, diarrhea, fever, overactive reflexes, poor coordination, restlessness, shivering, sweating, talking or acting with excitement you cannot control, trembling or shaking, twitching); trouble in holding or releasing urine; unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures;

Celexa Withdrawal Side Effects - Always Notify Doctor:

Anxiety; dizziness; nervousness; trembling or shaking;

Celexa Overdose Effects - Notify Doctor Immediately:

More Common: Dizziness; drowsiness; fast heartbeat; nausea; sweating; trembling or shaking; vomiting;

Rare: Bluish colored skin or lips; confusion; convulsions (seizures); coma; deep or fast breathing with dizziness; fainting; general feeling of discomfort or illness; loss of memory; muscle pain; slow or irregular heartbeat; weakness;

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other symptoms, check with your doctor.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be all-inclusive or to replace information provided by your doctor or with the prescription from the manufacturer.

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