What are the possible side effects of Celexa?

The possible side effects of Celexa (citalopram), a prescription antidepressant medication, include the following:
  • changes in mood or behavior. These occur in a small percentage of people who take it and may include worsening depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, aggressive or violent behavior, extreme worry, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, restlessness or trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • symptoms of potential heart problems, such as chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting
  • symptoms of allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, rash, hives, blisters on the skin and swelling of the face, tongue, eyes and/or mouth
  • fatigue or excessive drowsiness
  • seizures or convulsions
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • changes in appetite and/or weight
  • low salt levels in the blood, which may cause headache, weakness, confusion or memory problems and unsteadiness
  • hallucinations or other changes in mental status
  • coordination problems or muscle twitching or stiffness
  • racing heart
  • changes in blood pressure
  • sweating
  • fever
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • dry mouth
  • shaking
  • heavy menstrual periods
  • sexual problems
  • muscle or joint pain
  • increased thirst and urination
  • eye pain, changes in vision or swelling or redness in the eye
Your doctor will probably monitor you closely while you are taking Celexa, especially when you start to take the medicine, to watch for side effects and see how you respond to the drug. Call your doctor at the first sign of any side effects.

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