How does citalopram interact with other medications or foods?

There are a number of medications that have been reported to have negative interactions with citalopram. If you take citalopram you should not take MAOs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate; phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, or thioridazine; or the diet drug phentermine. Do not take escitalopram, nefazodone, pimozide, procarbazine, St. John's wort, tryptophan, or venlafaxine. All of these medications have been known to cause dangerous side effects when taken with citalopram.

There is also research to suggest that people taking citalopram should avoid taking pain-relieving drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, indomethacin, piroxicam, nabumetone, or etodolac. These drugs, coupled with citalopram, may cause you to bruise or bleed easily. Other medicines used to treat depression, psychotic disturbances or anxiety should not be taken with citalopram. Migraine medications like almotriptan, frovatriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan, reizatriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan, as well as medications used to treat blood clots (warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin) or HIV could cause complications, as well. Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, carbamazepine, cimetidine, linezolid, and metoprolol should also not be taken with citalopram.

Alcohol tends to increase the likelihood of dangerous side effects and should not be used while taking citalopram. Advise your doctor about your diet habits to determine if any foods you typically consume may interact with the drug.

Also tell your doctor about any and all medications, herbs, vitamins, or supplements you may be taking before starting with this drug.

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