Does escitalopram interact with other medications?

Since escitalopram is the active form of citalopram (Celexa), the two agents should not be taken together.

Escitalopram can cause sleepiness or may affect your ability to make decisions, think clearly or react quickly; therefore, do not drink alcohol while taking escitalopram. It should not be used in combination with an MAOI (selegiline, tranylcypromine and phenelzine) or within 14 days of discontinuing treatment with an MAOI. Inform you doctor if you have or are taking these medications.

Also, to avoid a potentially serious or life-threatening condition, tell your healthcare professional if you are taking or planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter medications, including other SSRIs (e.g.: fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine) serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs, eg, venlafaxine), certain migraine or headache medications (triptans), tramadol or tryptophan; any other medications prescribed for a psychiatric condition; NSAID pain relievers (such as Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve or naproxen), aspirin, warfarin or blood thinners; diuretics.

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