Citalopam 20 Tablet

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Citalopam Information

Citalopam is a prescription drug, available for use as Tablet. It is typically used for the treatment of Depression.

The right dosage of Citalopam depends on the age, gender, and medical history of the patient. Besides the medical condition it is advised for, the route of administration also plays an important role in determining the correct drug dosage. For detailed information on this, read through the dosage section.

Besides the aforementioned side effects, there are other adverse effects of Citalopam as well, which are listed below. Such side effects of Citalopam normally do not last long and go away once the treatment is completed. Please speak with your doctor if these side effects worsen or persist for a longer duration.

Furthermore, you should know that effect of Citalopam is Moderate for pregnant women and Severe for women who are breastfeeding. Warnings related to Citalopam's effects on the liver, heart and kidney, if any, have been listed below.

Citalopam can cause adverse effects in certain medical conditions. It is strongly recommended to avoid Citalopam in conditions like Heart Disease, Calcium Deficiency, Potassium Deficiency. Other conditions have been mentioned below in the Citalopam contraindications section.

Additionally, Citalopam may also adversely react with other medicines. See below for a complete list.

In addition to these precautions, you may also note that Citalopam is not safe while driving, and is is not addictive in nature.



Citalopam Benefits & Uses

Citalopam is used to treat the following -

Main Benefits

Citalopam Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage
Adult
  • Disease: Depression
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Geriatric
  • Disease: Depression
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 1 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor

Citalopam Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Citalopam safe for pregnant women?


    Pregnant women may experience moderate side effects from Citalopam. It is best to stop taking Citalopam immediately and inform your doctor if you notice any discomfort.

    Moderate
  • Is the use of Citalopam safe during breastfeeding?


    Women who are breastfeeding, may experience serious side effects after taking Citalopam. So it is adviced to consult the doctor before using it.

    Severe
  • What is the effect of Citalopam on the Kidneys?


    Citalopam has very mild side effects on the kidneys.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Citalopam on the Liver?


    Citalopam is rarely harmful for the liver.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Citalopam on the Heart?


    Very few cases of side effects of Citalopam on the heart have been reported.

    Mild


Severe Interaction of Citalopam with Other Drugs

Citalopam should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Severe

Paracetamol,Chlorpheniramine,Dextromethorphan
    KetoconazoleParacetamol,Phenylpropanolamine,Chlorpheniramine,Caffeine
      Artemether,Lumefantrine


        Citalopam Contraindications

        If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Citalopam unless your doctor advises you to do so -



        Frequently asked Questions about Citalopam

        • Is this Citalopam habit forming or addictive?


          Citalopam does not cause addiction.

          No
        • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


          After taking Citalopam you may feel sleepy. So it is not advised to perform these activities.

          Dangerous
        • Is it safe?


          Citalopam should be used only after doctor's advice.

          Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise
        • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


          Yes, in many cases, taking Citalopam can help with mental disorders.

          Yes

        Citalopam Interactions with Food and Alcohol

        • Interaction between Food and Citalopam


          Taking Citalopam with food is safe.

          Safe
        • Interaction between Alcohol and Citalopam


          Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking Citalopam as it can have severe side effects.

          Severe


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        This medicine data has been created by -

        Vikas Chauhan

        B.Pharma, Pharmacy
        5 Years of Experience


        References

        US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Celexa® (citalopram HBr)

        KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 458,461

        April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski. [link]. Sixteenth Edition. Philadelphia, China: F. A. Davis Company; 2019: Page No 324-326

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