When should I call my doctor if I am taking Celexa?

If you are taking Celexa (citalopram), an antidepressant medication, you should call your doctor for the following reasons:
  • You are experiencing certain changes in your mental health. In a small subset of people, Celexa may increase suicidal thoughts or behavior. Call your doctor immediately if you are having thoughts of harming or killing yourself, worsened depression, feelings of confusion or memory problems, extreme worry, agitation, restlessness, panic attacks, irritability, aggressive behavior or trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Your are considering stopping the medication. Do not stop taking Celexa without talking to your doctor first. Stopping Celexa suddenly may lead to withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may want to reduce your dose gradually so you can go off the medication safely.
  • You find out you are pregnant. Celexa may harm your developing fetus, particularly during the later months of pregnancy, and may result in a complicated birth and/or medical problems for your newborn baby.
  • You are considering breastfeeding. Celexa can pass through breast milk to a breastfeeding baby, potentially causing problems.
  • You want to take another new medication or a new supplement. Certain drugs and supplements may interact with Celexa with potentially harmful results, so you shouldn't take any new remedy or supplement without talking to your doctor first.
Also call your doctor if you are experiencing any of these physical side effects:
  • symptoms of allergic reaction (trouble breathing, chest tightness, swelling in face, hands, mouth or throat)
  • skin rash, hives, blistering or peeling
  • symptoms of potential heart problems (chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting)
  • flu-like symptoms (body aches, fever, chills, cough, sore throat)
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • fainting or lightheadedness
  • headache
  • numbness in your arm or leg or along one side of your body
  • seizures, tremors or balance problems
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • increased sweating
  • weakness or unusual fatigue
  • 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
  • eye pain, changes in vision or swelling or redness in the eye

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