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Citalopram Side Effects

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.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

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).
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 found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Motor Developmental Delay, Dermoid Cyst, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
on Mar 12, 2014 Female from DK , weighting 7.23 lb, was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: motor developmental delay, dermoid cyst, foetal exposure during pregnancy. Citalopram dosage: 40 Mg.

Foetal Heart Rate Deceleration Abnormality, Caesarean Section
Patient was taking Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: foetal heart rate deceleration abnormality, caesarean section on Mar 12, 2014 from DK Additional patient health information: Female , 36 years of age, was diagnosed with and. Citalopram dosage: 40 Mg.

Reproductive Tract Hypoplasia, Male, Micropenis, Hypospadias, Cryptorchism, Small For Dates Baby, Low Birth Weight Baby, Apgar Score Low, Foetal Exposure During Pregnancy
Adverse event was reported on Mar 12, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: 40 Mg) . Location: DK , weighting 4.89 lb, After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: reproductive tract hypoplasia, male, micropenis, hypospadias, cryptorchism, small for dates baby, low birth weight baby, apgar score low, foetal exposure during pregnancy.

Retching, Dyskinesia, Yawning, Middle Insomnia
on Mar 11, 2014 Female from US , 40 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram, 20 Mg, Mylan. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: retching, dyskinesia, yawning, middle insomnia. Citalopram, 20 Mg, Mylan dosage: Taken By Mouth.


Suicidal Ideation, Sleep Disorder, Abnormal Behaviour, Depression
on Mar 11, 2014 Female from DK , 31 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: suicidal ideation, sleep disorder, abnormal behaviour, depression. Citalopram dosage: 10 Mg Daily.

Gun Shot Wound, Head Injury
Patient was taking Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: gun shot wound, head injury on Mar 10, 2014 from US Additional patient health information: Male , 72 years of age, weighting 198.4 lb, was diagnosed with and. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Diazepam


Haematospermia
Adverse event was reported on Mar 07, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: N/A) was diagnosed with and. Location: IT , 32 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: haematospermia.

Viith Nerve Paralysis
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from GB , 36 years of age, weighting 136.7 lb, was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: viith nerve paralysis. Citalopram dosage: N/A.

Suicidal Ideation
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from GB , 31 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram (citalopram). After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: suicidal ideation. Citalopram (citalopram) dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Liothyronine Sodium (liothyronine Sodium)
  • Levothyroxine (levothyroxine)


Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, Dysgeusia
Patient was taking Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: viith nerve paralysis, facial paresis, ophthalmoplegia, dysgeusia on Mar 10, 2014 from GB Additional patient health information: Female , 36 years of age, weighting 136.7 lb, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.

Viith Nerve Paralysis, Facial Paresis, Ophthalmoplegia, Dysgeusia
Adverse event was reported on Mar 10, 2014 by a Female taking Citalopram (Dosage: 20 Mg Daily) . Location: DK , 36 years of age, weighting 136.7 lb, Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: viith nerve paralysis, facial paresis, ophthalmoplegia, dysgeusia.

Suicide Attempt, Crying, Apathy, Tachycardia, Diastolic Hypertension
on Mar 10, 2014 Female from DE , weighting 132.3 lb, was treated with Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: suicide attempt, crying, apathy, tachycardia, diastolic hypertension. Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Opipramol
Patient was hospitalized.

Intentional Self-injury, Sopor
on Mar 13, 2014 Male from IT , 25 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: intentional self-injury, sopor. Citalopram dosage: 15 Ml Total.
Associated medications used:
  • Cymbalta (28 Df Total)
Patient was hospitalized.

Ventricular Tachycardia, Overdose, Mental Status Changes, Serotonin Syndrome, Pyrexia, Intentional Overdose, Unresponsive To Stimuli
Patient was taking Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: ventricular tachycardia, overdose, mental status changes, serotonin syndrome, pyrexia, intentional overdose, unresponsive to stimuli on Nov 22, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Male , 19 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Lamotrigine (lamotrigine)
  • Lorazepam (lorazepam)
  • Aripiprazole (aripiprazole)
  • Lamotrigine (lamotrigine)
Patient was hospitalized.

Haemangioma, Hydronephrosis, Exposure During Pregnancy
Adverse event was reported on Mar 10, 2014 by a Male taking Citalopram (Dosage: 10 [mg/d ]) was diagnosed with and. Location: DE , weighting 6.13 lb, After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: haemangioma, hydronephrosis, exposure during pregnancy.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • 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


Haematospermia
on Mar 10, 2014 Male from IT , 32 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: haematospermia. Citalopram dosage: 20 Mg Daily.

Tremor, Night Sweats, Agitation, Insomnia, Dry Mouth, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Anxiety, Confusional State
on Mar 07, 2014 Female from GB , 60 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram. Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: tremor, night sweats, agitation, insomnia, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, anxiety, confusional state. Citalopram dosage: N/A.

Dizziness Postural, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Flat Affect, Tremor
Patient was taking Citalopram. After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: dizziness postural, nausea, decreased appetite, flat affect, tremor on Mar 05, 2014 from GB Additional patient health information: Female , 24 years of age, weighting 179.0 lb, was diagnosed with and. Citalopram dosage: 20 Mg, 1 In 1 D.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Microgynon


Cystitis Noninfective, Dysuria
Adverse event was reported on Mar 05, 2014 by a Female taking Citalopram(citalopram) (Dosage: 10 Mg, 1 In 1 D) was diagnosed with and. Location: GB , 67 years of age, weighting 125.0 lb, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Citalopram side effects: cystitis noninfective, dysuria.
Associated medications used:
  • Amlodipine
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Irbesartan


Chest Pain, Urinary Retention
on Mar 05, 2014 Male from GB , 67 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Citalopram (citalopram). Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: chest pain, urinary retention. Citalopram (citalopram) dosage: 1 D.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Rythmodan (disopyramide)
Patient was hospitalized.

Sopor
on Mar 05, 2014 Male from IT , 41 years of age, was treated with Citalopram (citalopram). After Citalopram was administered, patient encountered several Citalopram side effects: sopor. Citalopram (citalopram) dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Laroxyl
Patient was hospitalized.


Patient was taking Citalopram. on Mar 06, 2014 from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED Additional patient health information: Female , 47 years of age, . Citalopram dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Lithium


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 , 47 years of age, Patient felt the following Citalopram side effects: completed suicide, cardio-respiratory arrest.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Escitalopram
  • Amlodipine
  • Carvedilol
  • Bupropion
  • Acetaminophen/hydrocodone


Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 46 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:
  • Metoprolol
  • Oxycodone
  • Clonazepam
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ethanol


Completed Suicide
on Mar 06, 2014 Female from COUNTRY NOT SPECIFIED , 50 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:
  • Clonidine
  • Labetalol
  • Lisinopril
  • Zolpidem
  • Iron


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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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