What Are the Side Effects of Citalopram?

Updated July 19, 2017

Citalopram (brand name Celexa) is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.

Common Side Effects

Commonly reported side effects for citalopram included headaches, nausea with or without vomiting, dry mouth, tremor, sweating, insomnia and drowsiness.

Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects can include an increase in suicidal behaviour or thoughts, especially in children and young adults.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Some patients who discontinue treatment abruptly or miss a dose run the risk of developing withdrawal side effects, including extreme dizziness, tingling sensations, increased tiredness, vivid dreams and behavioural changes.

Other Side Effects

Other reported side effects include decreased appetite, muscle or joint pain and yawning.

Symptoms of Allergic Reaction

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to citalopram include rash, hives, itchiness, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.

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Rebecca McClinton has been freelance writing since 2003. She currently works in a hospital pharmacy and maintains a hospital-wide web page for over 75 hospital administrative assistants. She received a degree in English from the University of New Hampshire. Due to her work at the hospital, she has experience in joint commission hospital accreditation practices.