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A 33-year-old member asked:

can you explain if it's possible to get side effects from celexa (citalopram) after taking it for a few years?

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Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Unlikely: Citalopram (Celexa) is an SSRI approved for major depressive disorder. Like all SSRIs, side effects usually show up early, with stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea and sexual side effects being the most common. Citalopram has a warning from the FDA that the maximum dose is now 40 mg daily, and higher doses can cause cardiac rhythm problems.
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Provided original answer
SSRI = Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Jul 29, 2014

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to feel really ill when first taking celexa (citalopram)?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes you might feel ill especially if this medication is not tolerated by you personally. The most common side effect is stomach upset and occasional bowel cramps -these usually decrease over the first week or so as you get used to the medication. But call your doctor if symptoms continue to worsen because you may need to change treatment.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the common side-effects of discontinuing celexa (citalopram)?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Ssri withdrawal: You may experience headache, dizziness , tremor, worsening of depression, anxiety aggresiveness, insomnia to name a few. It is wise to never abruptly stop medications like Celexa (citalopram) they have to be slowly decresed and monitored.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the side affects of celexa (citalopram)?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Several: Common symptoms that result from Celexa (citalopram) use include drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, tremors, excessive sweating, male sexual dysfunction and diarrhea. In many cases, drowsiness and insomnia can result in personal injury
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A 18-year-old member asked:

Can celexa (citalopram) make it hard for you to wake up?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Belis Aladag
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: Yes. Celexa, known generically as citalopram is an ssri and does have a common adverse effect of somnolence. Not all ssris have the same side effect profile, however, and you may find relief with another drug in this class of antidepressants.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Took first dose of citalopram and feel kind of icky. Is this normal?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Burke
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Many people when they first start antidepressants can feel ill. This tends to be temporary, and should get better with time.

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