The following text is about citalopram and its possible side effects. Citalopram is also known as Cipramil and Celexa. This drug is used in treating depression and anxiety and belongs to the group of SSRI medications.
What are Citalopram Side Effects
Citalopram elevates serotonin levels inside the body and decreases dopamine, which may lead to apathy. There are interactions with other medications, so if you are taking citalopram, do not use aspirin, St John’s wort, warfarin or any coagulant.
Citalopram side effects are: insomnia, nausea, changes in weight, frequent urinating, changes in sex drive, mouth dryness, sweating, diarrhea, trembling, feeling asleep and frequent yawning. These side effects are not very serious and most of them do not require prompt medical intervention. One can also experience mood changes, heart beat changes, anxiety, vomiting and headaches. Some people may experience allergies like rashes, swelling and breathing difficulties. Sometimes hallucinations may occur as well and that is the time when you should visit your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you experience pain in your chests or any allergic reaction.
Other side effects are not very common, but they are still possible. Some of those are: panic attacks, anxiety, aggressive behavior; behavioral changes, strange behavior; nervousness and restlessness; mood swings (from extreme happiness to sadness both of which are unexplainable); insomnia and other sleeping disorders; changes in one’s mental state and suicidal thoughts. This was seen in young people, meaning people under 23, but can happen to anyone regardless to one’s age.
There is something more you should know if taking this drug. We are talking about serotonin syndrome. This condition is very rare, but when it occurs it can be very dangerous. It can lead to changes in heart beat, mental changes, hallucinating; changes in blood pressure, trembling and shaking. Sometimes it can even cause coma.