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Common Citalopram Side Effects


The most commonly reported Citalopram side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Completed Suicide (673)
Anxiety (336)
Dizziness (314)
Confusional State (312)
Fall (311)
Depression (308)
Overdose (306)
Toxicity To Various Agents (294)
Agitation (282)
Nausea (276)
Hyponatraemia (276)
Cardiac Arrest (271)
Serotonin Syndrome (265)
Headache (251)
Convulsion (231)
Tremor (217)
Suicide Attempt (214)
Respiratory Arrest (209)
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged (197)
Fatigue (195)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Citalopram Side Effects Reported to FDA



Citalopram Side Effect Report#9999626
Motor Developmental Delay, Dermoid Cyst, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from DK, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Citalopram (dosage: 40 Mg, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Motor Developmental Delay, Dermoid Cyst, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram treatment in female patients, resulting in Motor Developmental Delay side effect.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9999593
Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality, Caesarean Section
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 36-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from DK was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: panic disorder and used Citalopram (dosage: 40 Mg) starting
Oct 02, 2011. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality, Caesarean SectionAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9999545
Reproductive Tract Hypoplasia, Male, Micropenis, Hypospadias, Cryptorchism, Small For Dates Baby, Low Birth Weight Baby, Apgar Score Low, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
This Reproductive Tract Hypoplasia, Male problem was reported by a health professional from DK. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Oct 02, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Citalopram (dosage: 40 Mg). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Citalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Reproductive Tract Hypoplasia, Male, Micropenis, Hypospadias, Cryptorchism, Small For Dates Baby, Low Birth Weight Baby, Apgar Score Low, Foetal Exposure During PregnancyAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Reproductive Tract Hypoplasia, Male, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9999147
Retching, Dyskinesia, Yawning, Middle Insomnia
This Retching side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 40-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression.The patient was prescribed Citalopram, 20 Mg, Mylan (drug dosage: Taken By Mouth), which was initiated on
Feb 22, 2014. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Citalopram, 20 Mg, Mylan the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Retching, Dyskinesia, Yawning, Middle InsomniaThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram, 20 Mg, Mylan.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9996244
Suicidal Ideation, Sleep Disorder, Abnormal Behaviour, Depression
This is a report of a 31-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from DK, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Citalopram (dosage: 10 Mg Daily, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Suicidal Ideation, Sleep Disorder, Abnormal Behaviour, Depression after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram treatment in female patients, resulting in Suicidal Ideation side effect.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9995700
Gun Shot Wound, Head Injury
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Gun Shot Wound side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 72-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: depression and used Citalopram (dosage: NA) starting
Feb 25, 2014. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Gun Shot Wound, Head InjuryAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Diazepam
Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Gun Shot Wound, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9995299
Haematospermia
This Haematospermia problem was reported by a physician from IT. A 32-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: obsessive-compulsive disorder. On
Jun 01, 2010 this consumer started treatment with Citalopram (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Citalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: HaematospermiaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Haematospermia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9994831
Viith Nerve Paralysis
This Viith Nerve Paralysis side effect was reported by a physician from GB. A 36-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Citalopram (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Citalopram the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Viith Nerve ParalysisThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9994828
Suicidal Ideation
This is a report of a 31-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from GB, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Citalopram (citalopram) (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Liothyronine Sodium (liothyronine Sodium)
  • Levothyroxine (levothyroxine)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Suicidal Ideation after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram (citalopram) treatment in female patients, resulting in Suicidal Ideation side effect.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9993463
Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, Dysgeusia
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Viith Nerve Paralysis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 36-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from GB was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Citalopram (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, DysgeusiaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Viith Nerve Paralysis, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9991688
Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, Dysgeusia
This Viith Nerve Paralysis problem was reported by a health professional from DK. A 36-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Citalopram (dosage: 20 Mg Daily). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Citalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, DysgeusiaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Viith Nerve Paralysis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9991575
Suicide Attempt, Crying, Apathy, Tachycardia, Diastolic Hypertension
This Suicide Attempt side effect was reported by a health professional from DE. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Citalopram (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Opipramol
.After starting to take Citalopram the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Suicide Attempt, Crying, Apathy, Tachycardia, Diastolic HypertensionThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram. The patient was hospitalized.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9991214
Intentional Self-injury, Sopor
This is a report of a 25-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from IT, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: intentional self-injury, who was treated with Citalopram (dosage: 15 Ml Total, start time:
Feb 22, 2014), combined with:
  • Cymbalta (28 Df Total)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Intentional Self-injury, Sopor after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram treatment in male patients, resulting in Intentional Self-injury side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9989577
Ventricular Tachycardia, Overdose, Mental Status Changes, Serotonin Syndrome, Pyrexia, Intentional Overdose, Unresponsive To Stimuli
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Ventricular Tachycardia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 19-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Citalopram (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Ventricular Tachycardia, Overdose, Mental Status Changes, Serotonin Syndrome, Pyrexia, Intentional Overdose, Unresponsive To StimuliAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Lamotrigine (lamotrigine)
  • Lorazepam (lorazepam)
  • Aripiprazole (aripiprazole)
  • Lamotrigine (lamotrigine)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Ventricular Tachycardia, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9988846
Haemangioma, Hydronephrosis, Exposure During Pregnancy
This Haemangioma problem was reported by a physician from DE. A male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety disorder. On
Oct 09, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Citalopram (dosage: 10 [mg/d ]). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Trevilor (75 [mg/d ])
  • Metobeta (100 [mg/d ])
  • L-thyroxin (125 [?g/d ])
  • Fragmin (7500 [ie/d ])
  • Ass 100 (100 [mg/d ])
  • Folio (0.4 [mg/d ])
  • Insuman Basal
When using Citalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Haemangioma, Hydronephrosis, Exposure During PregnancyAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Haemangioma, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9988253
Haematospermia
This Haematospermia side effect was reported by a physician from IT. A 32-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: obsessive-compulsive disorder.The patient was prescribed Citalopram (drug dosage: 20 Mg Daily), which was initiated on
Jun 01, 2010. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Citalopram the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: HaematospermiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9982194
Tremor, Night Sweats, Agitation, Insomnia, Dry Mouth, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Anxiety, Confusional State
This is a report of a 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from GB, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: depression, who was treated with Citalopram (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 10, 2014), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Tremor, Night Sweats, Agitation, Insomnia, Dry Mouth, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Anxiety, Confusional State after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram treatment in female patients, resulting in Tremor side effect.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9981143
Dizziness Postural, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Flat Affect, Tremor
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Dizziness Postural side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 24-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from GB was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: depression and used Citalopram (dosage: 20 Mg, 1 In 1 D) starting
Feb 09, 2014. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Dizziness Postural, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Flat Affect, TremorAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Microgynon
Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Dizziness Postural, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9981135
Cystitis Noninfective, Dysuria
This Cystitis Noninfective problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from GB. A 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: anxiety. On
Dec 06, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Citalopram(citalopram) (dosage: 10 Mg, 1 In 1 D). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Amlodipine
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Irbesartan
When using Citalopram(citalopram), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Cystitis Noninfective, DysuriaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Cystitis Noninfective, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9981061
Chest Pain, Urinary Retention
This Chest Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from GB. A 67-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: depression,chest pain.The patient was prescribed Citalopram (citalopram) (drug dosage: 1 D), which was initiated on 2008. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Rythmodan (disopyramide)
.After starting to take Citalopram (citalopram) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Chest Pain, Urinary RetentionThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram (citalopram). The patient was hospitalized.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9981036
Sopor
This is a report of a 41-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from IT, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Citalopram (citalopram) (dosage: NA, start time:
Jun 06, 2013), combined with:
  • Laroxyl
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Sopor after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram (citalopram) treatment in male patients, resulting in Sopor side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9978304
This report suggests a potential Citalopram Death side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Citalopram (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Citalopram the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:Additional drugs used concurrently:
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Lithium
Although Citalopram demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Death, may still occur.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9978283
Completed Suicide, Cardio-respiratory Arrest
This Completed Suicide problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Citalopram (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Escitalopram
  • Amlodipine
  • Carvedilol
  • Bupropion
  • Acetaminophen/hydrocodone
When using Citalopram, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Completed Suicide, Cardio-respiratory ArrestAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Completed Suicide, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9978250
Completed Suicide
This Completed Suicide side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A 46-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Citalopram (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Metoprolol
  • Oxycodone
  • Clonazepam
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ethanol
.After starting to take Citalopram the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Completed SuicideThese side effects may potentially be related to Citalopram.
Citalopram Side Effect Report#9978238
Completed Suicide
This is a report of a 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Citalopram (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Clonidine
  • Labetalol
  • Lisinopril
  • Zolpidem
  • Iron
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Completed Suicide after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Citalopram treatment in female patients, resulting in Completed Suicide side effect.


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The appearance of Citalopram on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

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What are common Citalopram Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Completed Suicide 295
Anxiety 254
Dizziness 220
Nausea 207
Agitation 197
Headache 196
Overdose 196
Confusional State 192
Hyponatraemia 191
Depression 189

What are common Citalopram Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Completed Suicide 313
Fall 136
Toxicity To Various Agents 126
Confusional State 120
Depression 119
Serotonin Syndrome 108
Overdose 103
Cardiac Arrest 94
Tremor 92
Dizziness 90

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    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Citalopram reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
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    Citalopram Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0054-0062
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameCitalopram
    NameCitalopram
    Dosage FormSOLUTION
    RouteORAL
    On market since20040525
    LabelerRoxane Laboratories, Inc
    Active Ingredient(s)CITALOPRAM HYDROBROMIDE
    Strength(s)10
    Unit(s)mg/5mL
    Pharma ClassSerotonin Reuptake Inhibitor [EPC],Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors [MoA]

    Citalopram Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 7792

    Citalopram safety alerts: 2012 2011 2007 2005

    Reported deaths: 943

    Reported hospitalizations: 2058

    Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) - Drug Safety Communication: Revised Recommendations, Potential Risk of Abnormal Heart Rhythms

     

    [Posted 03/28/2012]

    AUDIENCE: Psychiatry, Cardiology

    ISSUE: FDA is clarifying dosing and warning recommendations for the antidepressant Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide; also available in generic form). In August 2011, FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication (DSC) stating that citalopram should no longer be used at doses greater than 40 mg per day because it could cause potentially dangerous abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart. Citalopram use at any dose is discouraged in patients with certain conditions because of the risk of QT prolongation, but because it may be important for some of those patients to use citalopram, the drug label has been changed to describe the particular caution that needs to be taken when citalopram is used in such patients. The revised drug label also describes lower doses that should be used in patients over 60 years of age.

    Read the FDA Drug Safety Communication for additional information.

    BACKGROUND: Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide; also available in generic form) is in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

    RECOMMENDATIONS:

    • Citalopram is not recommended for use at doses greater than 40 mg per day because such doses cause too large an effect on the QT interval and confer no additional benefit.
    • Citalopram is not recommended for use in patients with congenital long QT syndrome, bradycardia, hypokalemia, or hypomagnesemia, recent acute myocardial infarction, or uncompensated heart failure. 
    • Citalopram use is also not recommended in patients who are taking other drugs that prolong the QT interval.
    • The maximum recommended dose of citalopram is 20 mg per day for patients with hepatic impairment, patients who are older than 60 years of age, patients who are CYP 2C19 poor metabolizers, or patients who are taking concomitant cimetidine (Tagamet) or another CYP2C19 inhibitor, because these factors lead to increased blood levels of citalopram, increasing the risk of QT interval prolongation and Torsade de Pointes.

    See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for additional recommendations for healthcare professionals and patients.


    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178


    [03/28/2012 - Drug Safety Communication - FDA]

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    [08/24/2011]

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