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A 37-year-old member asked:

what are the side effects of citalopram medication?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
SSRI side effects: Citalopram is an ssri antidepressant and shares the usual side-effects of ssris. These include queasy stomach (best to take with food), caffeine-like restlessness, decreased interest in sex and/or trouble reaching orgasm, dry mouth, headache, or restless legs. None of these are probable though. A refined version called escitalopram is newly available generically and has less side effects.

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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.
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A female asked:

I haven't taken my medication, citalopram for about a week or longer. What would my side effects be?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Celexa (citalopram): Not sure why or what it was prescribed for, but if any withdrawal, u would have had them by now. Concern is recurrence of symptoms the Celexa (citalopram) was prescribed to treat in the first place.

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