Can Celexa interact with other medications or foods?

Celexa (citalopram), an antidepressant medication, is not known to interact with foods, but it may interact with other medications or supplements in problematic ways. Before starting treatment with Celexa, write a list of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary and herbal supplements that you take, and go over the list carefully with your doctor. Once you start treatment with Celexa, do not take any new medication or supplement without talking to your doctor first.

It is especially important to tell your doctor if you take the following:

  • medicines for heart problems
  • medicines that lower the levels of potassium or magnesium in your body
  • antacids, such as cimetidine and omeprazole
  • medications to treat migraine headache (or any drug with "triptan" at the end of its name)
  • other drugs to treat depression or any mental health issue including mood disorders, psychotic disorders or anxiety
  • the pain reliever tramadol
  • dietary or herbal supplements including St. John's wort or tryptophan
  • aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen and ibuprofen
  • drugs to help you sleep better
  • cold and allergy medications
  • blood thinners, such as warfarin
  • certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin and moxifloxacin
  • metoprolol
  • seizure medicines
  • medicines for the treatment of Parkinson's
  • medicines for chronic pain

If you drink alcohol and don't think you will be able to stop when you take Celexa, tell your doctor.

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