celexaType: SSRI

Active ingredient: Citalopram

Common use: Celexa is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) chiefly used to treat depression.

How to use: Unless otherwise ordered by your doctor, Celexa can be take with or without food.

It can take several weeks before Celexa reaches its full effect. It is important to keep taking the medicine even if you do not notice any immediate improvement. It also important to continue to take Celexa even when you feel well. Do not stop taking Celexa without consulting your doctor.

If you miss a dose of Celexa, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose permanently and stick to your regular dosing schedule. Do no take two doses at once or near each other in time.

How to store: Store Celexa at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, and keep away from heat, light and moisture.


  • Do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Celexa.
  • Other medicines (prescription medicine as well as over-the-counter medicine) can impact your reaction to Celexa. Do not take Celexa together with any other medicine without consulting your doctor first. Be especially cautious with medicines that contain dextromethorphan.
  • Alcohol, even in small amounts, can impact your reaction to Celexa. Celexa will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants. Contact your doctor or pharmacist to find out more about Celexa and depressants.
  • Contact your doctor a soon as possible if you experience shakiness, fatigue, dizziness, fever, sudden onset of a cold sweat, vision changes, confusion, personality changes, lack of concern, or thoughts of suicide. If thoughts of suicide are strong, seek immediate medical attention.
  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, discuss the risks and benefits of Celexa with your doctor.
  • Naproxen is excreted in breast milk. Breastfeeding while being treated with Celexa is not recommended.

Examples of reported side-effects of Celexa:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Change in taste
  • Change in vision
  • Change in sexual function
  • Decreased menstrual flow
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Confusion
  • Lack of concern
  • Personality changes
  • Thoughts of suicide