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Generic for Celexa®Citalopram

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Getting psychiatric care for anxiety and depression has never been simpler. Consult with a licensed healthcare provider to determine whether a medication like citalopram could be right for you.



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What is citalopram?

Citalopram is a prescription drug and was among the first few SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drugs on the market. The FDA first approved citalopram in 1998. It is sold under the brand name Celexa® and primarily prescribed to treat depression.

Citalopram uses

Citalopram is FDA-approved to treat depression. In clinical trials, citalopram was shown to be effective both as an acute treatment and over longer periods of time.

How citalopram works

Citalopram increases levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin in the brain. Like other SSRIs, citalopram lowers the level of serotonin that neurons reabsorb, which results in more free serotonin in the brain. For some, this can ease their symptoms with results like improved mood or reduced panic attacks.

* Only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a healthcare provider.

* Controlled substances such as Xanax and Adderall are not available through our platform.

* This page has been medically reviewed by Sylvia Valadez, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC.

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How to get citalopram online with Hims

1. Simple consultation

Complete an online mental health assessment and intake form, then connect with a healthcare provider through our platform.

2. Free delivery

Get citalopram shipped to you for free, if prescribed.

3. Ongoing support

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Citalopram 101

What’s an SSRI?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant that work by increasing levels of a mood-affecting chemical called serotonin in the brain which helps to improve your symptoms. Nice, right?

The science of citalopram

Your brain naturally produces chemicals that make you feel good, like serotonin. Citalopram keeps neurons from reabsorbing this chemical so that you have more of it available in your brain. For some, this can ease their symptoms with results like improved mood or reduced panic attacks.

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Frequently asked questions about citalopram

How quickly does citalopram work?

Citalopram was shown to be effective as a treatment for depression in clinical trials lasting 4-6 weeks. Consult with your healthcare provider if you do not think your condition is getting better. Do not stop taking your medication without talking to your health care provider.

What form does a dose of citalopram come in?

Citalopram can be taken as a pill or as an oral solution. It can be prescribed in doses of 20mg to 40mg for young adults, and up to 20mg for the elderly.

Is citalopram prescribed for anxiety?

Yes, citalopram may be prescribed off-label for anxiety. Outside our platform, citalopram may be prescribed for a number of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and alcohol-use disorder.

Is citalopram the same as escitalopram?

No. While both citalopram and escitalopram are SSRIs, they are technically different drugs. Both are FDA approved to treat depression, but escitalopram is also approved for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Escitalopram can be prescribed for adolescents at a 10mg dose.

What are some safety warnings for citalopram?

Do not take citalopram if you have glaucoma as it can increase the pressure in your eye. Other serious side effects of citalopram include suicidal thoughts, high blood pressure, heart failure, or serotonin syndrome. If you experience new or worsening side effects or allergic reaction, contact a health care professional immediately.

Does citalopram have drug interactions?

Citalopram can interact with a variety of substances, including common medications as well as supplements, causing adverse effects. Substances that may interact include but are not limited to: tricyclic antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), St. John's wort, L-tryptophan, SNRIs, other SSRIs (such as sertraline, fluoxetine, or paroxetine), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and more. Taking other SSRIs or MAOIs with Citalopram could result in serotonin syndrome, a life-threatening condition. Prescription products require an online consultation with a healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate.

How long do citalopram withdrawal symptoms last?

Citalopram has a half life of 36 hours, which means that after about a day and a half, the concentration of the drug in the body will be reduced by half. Withdrawal symptoms typically start about 1-5 days after your last dose and last for about 7 days to two months. It is important to consult with a provider before stopping citalopram since withdrawal symptoms can be serious.

How do you buy citalopram online?

Consult with a psychiatrist or other qualified psychiatry provider online through our platform. If prescribed citalopram, genuine citalopram will be shipped to you discreetly. You’ll have ongoing check-ins with a psychiatry provider to evaluate whether your treatment plan is working.

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Important safety information

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Important safety information

Important Safety Information

Do not take Citalopram if you:
  • are allergic to Citalopram, or any of the ingredients in Citalopram
  • take any medicines called monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking and MAOI in the last 14 days
  • are on methadone
  • are drinking alcohol
  • are using or abusing recreation drugs or prescription medications
Citalopram can cause serious side effects. Rarely reported side effects include:
  • increased bleeding (gums)
  • low sodium blood levels (symptoms may include headache, weakness and difficulty remembering or concentrating)
  • teeth grinding
  • seizure
  • angle closure glaucoma (symptoms of angle closure glaucoma may include eye pain, changes in vision, swelling or redness in or around eye)
  • at higher doses may cause abnormal electrical activity of the heart
  • serotonin syndrome (symptoms may include shivering, diarrhea, confusion, severe muscle tightness, fever, seizures, and death)
Before you take Citalopram, tell your healthcare provider if you: have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself have a history of psychiatric or medical problems, including bipolar disorder have taken any medication in the past for your condition, whether effective or not have suffered adverse or side effects from previous medication therapies are receiving any non-medication treatment, such as talk therapy drink alcohol or use/abuse recreational or prescription drugs are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and recreational drugs.
Citalopram may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way Citalopram works, causing side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following:
  • any other serotonergic medications, migraine medications (triptans), pain medications, antibiotic linezolid, amphetamines
  • anticoagulant therapy
  • certain antiarrhythmics: quinidine (Quinidex Extentabs®, Quinaglute®, Quinalan®), procainamide (Procanbid®, Pronestyl®, Pronestyl-SR®), amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®), sotalol (Betapace®, Sorine®)
  • certain antipsychotics: chlorpromazine (Thorazine®), thioridazine (Mellaril®)
  • certain antibiotics: gatifloxacin (Tequin®), moxifloxacin (Avelox®)
  • methadone
During treatment with this medication, the side effects of this medication may go away as your body adjusts to the medication. The most common side effects of Citalopram: diarrhea, nausea, increased sweating, nervousness, fatigue or feeling sleepy, insomnia.
Citalopram is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. (Off-label can be used to treat: obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder), posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and alcohol dependence.)
If you miss a dose of citalopram, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is closer to the time of your next dose. Discuss this with your healthcare provider. Do not double your next dose or take more than what is prescribed.
Do not abruptly stop taking Citalopram even when you feel better. Abruptly stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms including: vomiting, irritability, dizziness, headaches, sensation of tingling skin, or nightmares.
Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Patients, their families, and caregivers should be alert to the emergence of anxiety, restlessness, irritability, aggressiveness and insomnia. If these symptoms emerge, they should be reported to the patient’s prescriber or healthcare professional. All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should watch for and notify their healthcare provider for worsening symptoms, suicidality and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment.
If you no longer need your medication, the best way to dispose of most types of old, unused, unwanted, or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop off the medicine at a drug take back site, location, or program immediately. You can use the DEA DIVERSION CONTROL DIVISION LOOKUP to find your nearest drug disposal site.
If no drug take back sites, locations, or programs are available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions (such as flushing) in the medication guide or package insert, you can follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in your trash at home:
  • Mix medicines (liquid or pills; do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unappealing substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds;
  • Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag;
  • Throw away the container in your trash at home; and
  • Delete all personal information on the prescription label of empty medicine bottles or medicine packaging, then trash or recycle the empty bottle or packaging.

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