Generic Name: citalopram
Brand Names: CeleXA
Overview: Celexa (citalopram) is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Celexa is used to treat depression. You should not use Celexa if you also take pimozide, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection. Do not use Celexa if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others. FDA pregnancy category C. Taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy may cause serious lung problems in the baby. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Celexa. Do not start or stop taking this medicine during pregnancy without your doctor’s advice.
Side effects: drowsiness, nausea, insomnia, xerostomia, and diaphoresis.