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Report Citalopram Side Effects

If you experienced any harmful or unwanted effects of Citalopram, please share your experience. This could help to raise awareness about Citalopram side effects, identify uknown risks and inform health professionals and patients taking Citalopram.

Examples: headache, dizziness


The most commonly reported Citalopram side effects are:
Muscles Hurt (32 reports)
Sleepiness (29 reports)
Insomnia (22 reports)
Bones (17 reports)
Bloated (16 reports)
Heart Felt Like It Was Beating Out Of Mt Chest (16 reports)
Bones And Muscles Hurt (15 reports)
Tiredness (10 reports)
Reflux (8 reports)

If you have experienced a side effect listed above, you can check a box to report it.


To view a complete list of submitted side effects, please follow the link Citalopram side effects . You can also compare Citalopram side effects or view FDA reports.

Citalopram Side Effects reported to FDA

The following Citalopram reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
The FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


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 identified a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

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Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 51 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Levothroid
  • Amlodipine
  • Lamotrigine
  • Risperidone
  • Naltrexone
  • Esomeprazole


Completed Suicide
Patient was taking Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: completed suicide on Mar 06, 2014 from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED Additional patient health information: Female , 64 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Completed Suicide, Cardio-respiratory Arrest
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Female taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) . Location: COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 61 years of age, After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: completed suicide, cardio-respiratory arrest.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Congenital Hydronephrosis, Haemangioma, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
on Mar 06, 2014 Male from DK , weighting 6.13 lb, was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: congenital hydronephrosis, haemangioma, foetal exposure during pregnancy. Citalopram dosage: 10 Mg.
Associated medications used:
  • Trevilor (75 Mg)
  • Metobeta (100 Mg)
  • L-thyroxin (125 Micrograms)
  • Fragmin (7500 Iu)
  • Ass (100 Mg)
  • Folio (0.4 Mg)



Gestational Diabetes, Premature Rupture Of Membranes, Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality, Caesarean Section
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from DK , 36 years of age, weighting 284.4 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: gestational diabetes, premature rupture of membranes, foetal heart rate deceleration abnormality, caesarean section. Citalopram dosage: 10 Mg.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Trevilor (75 Mg)
  • Metobeta (100 Mg)
  • L-thyroxin (125 Micrograms)
  • Fragmin (7500 Iu)
  • Ass (100 Mg)
  • Folio (0.4 Mg)


Cardio-respiratory Arrest
Patient was taking Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: cardio-respiratory arrest on Mar 06, 2014 from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED Additional patient health information: Male , 21 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Acetaminophen/hydrocodone
  • Clonazepam
  • Quetiapine
  • Venlafaxine
  • Aripirazole


Completed Suicide
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Female taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) . Location: COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 65 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: completed suicide.
Associated medications used:

Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 53 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 23 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:


Patient was taking Citalopram. on Mar 06, 2014 from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED Additional patient health information: Female , 30 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:


Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) . Location: COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 56 years of age, .
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 74 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (nos)
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Rifaximin
  • Pramipexole



on Mar 06, 2014 Male from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 29 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:


Patient was taking Citalopram. on Mar 06, 2014 from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED Additional patient health information: Male , 29 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Completed Suicide, Cardio-respiratory Arrest
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Female taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) . Location: COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 27 years of age, After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: completed suicide, cardio-respiratory arrest.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Male from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 30 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:

Urinary Retention, Chest Pain
on Mar 06, 2014 Male from GB , 67 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: urinary retention, chest pain. Citalopram dosage: 20 Mg Daily.
Multiple prescriptions taken: Patient was hospitalized.

Psychotic Disorder
Patient was taking Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: psychotic disorder on Mar 25, 2014 from DE Additional patient health information: Male , 22 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: 20 Mg, Daily. Patient was hospitalized.

Haemangioma, Hydronephrosis
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) . Location: DE , weighting 6.13 lb, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: haemangioma, hydronephrosis.
Associated medications used:
  • Trevilor
  • Metobeta 100 Retard
  • L-thyroxin
  • Fragmin 7500
  • Ass 100
  • Folio
  • Insuman Basal


Poisoning Deliberate, Cerebrovascular Accident, Loss Of Consciousness, Vomiting, Pain
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from FI , 85 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: poisoning deliberate, cerebrovascular accident, loss of consciousness, vomiting, pain. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:

Nausea, Dizziness Postural, Tremor, Flat Affect, Decreased Appetite
on Mar 05, 2014 Female from GB , 24 years of age, weighting 179.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: nausea, dizziness postural, tremor, flat affect, decreased appetite. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Bladder Pain, Cystitis Noninfective, Dysuria
Patient was taking Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: bladder pain, cystitis noninfective, dysuria on Mar 06, 2014 from GB Additional patient health information: Female , 67 years of age, weighting 125.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:

Urinary Retention, Chest Pain
Adverse event was reported on Mar 06, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: 20 Mg Daily) was diagnosed with and. Location: GB , 67 years of age, Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: urinary retention, chest pain.
Multiple prescriptions taken: Patient was hospitalized.

Completed Suicide, Cardio-respiratory Arrest
on Mar 05, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 26 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: completed suicide, cardio-respiratory arrest. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:

Completed Suicide
on Mar 05, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 60 years of age, was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: completed suicide. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:

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Most drugs have a large list of nonsevere or mild adverse effects which do not rule out continued usage. These effects depend on individual sensitivity, and can include nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, malaise, vomiting, headache, dermatitis, dry mouth, etc. Check commonly reported side effects . These can be considered a form of pseudo-allergic reaction, as not all users experience these effects; many users experience none at all.

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Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

Alternative CITALOPRAM Names:CITALOPRA ESCITALOP ESCITSLOP

Active Ingredient: CITALOPRA ESCITALOP

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]

Previous MedWatch Alert:

[08/24/2011]

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