Who should not take Celexa?

The following people may not be able to take Celexa (citalopram), a prescription antidepressant:
  • anyone who has had an allergic reaction to any ingredient in Celexa (citalopram) or Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • anyone who takes another type of antidepressant known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or who has taken one within 14 days
  • women who are pregnant. If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor: You need to weigh the potential benefits of taking Celexa against its potential risks to a developing fetus.
  • women who are breastfeeding. Celexa can pass into breast milk and potentially harm a nursing infant.
  • anyone who has a history of or currently has high blood pressure, stroke or abnormal bleeding, or liver, kidney or heart problems
  • anyone who experiences seizures or convulsions
  • anyone diagnosed with bipolar disorder or mania
  • anyone already taking a medication for depression or other mental health condition (especially anyone taking pimozide)
  • people who drink alcohol and will not stop when they begin taking Celexa or who use other drugs recreationally
  • people who need to take certain medications or supplements that might interact with Celexa. Before starting treatment with Celexa, give your doctor a list of all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as herbal and dietary supplements.

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