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Citalopram or nitalapram is an antidepressant drug used to treat depression associated with mood disorders. It is also used on occasion in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder and anxiety.

Citalopram belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is sold under the brand-names Celexa (U.S., Forest Laboratories, Inc.), Cipramil (Europe and Australia) and Talohexane (Australia).

Citalopram was originally created by the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck although the patent for it expired in 2003, allowing other companies to legally produce generic versions.
Citalopram Drug

Lundbeck has recently released a new SSRI drug called escitalopram oxalate (also known as Cipralex or Lexapro) derived from the citalopram molecule.

Reported side effects

Over 10% of patients
Feeling sick or tired
Dry mouth
Difficulty sleeping
Feeling agitated or nervous
Constipation or diarrhoea
Blurred vision
Missed heartbeats
Feeling of weakness
Difficulty ejaculating

Over 1% of patients
Strange dreams
Changes in taste
Decreased libido or impotence
Failure to orgasm
Painful menstruation
Tingling in fingers or toes
Loss of memory or concentration
Changes in appetite (increase or lack of)
Mood changes
Stomach ache
Increased saliva
Change in weight
Dizziness on standing up
Fast heartbeat
Changes in blood pressure
Runny nose
Changes in passing urine

Rare (under 1% of patients)
Muscle pain
Increased libido
Abnormal movement of the face or body
Ringing in the ears
Mood changes
Slowing of the heartbeat
Allergic reactions
Suicidal ideation

Other side effects
Occasionally, panic attacks, thoughts of suicide or self-harm may occur or increase in the first few weeks, before the antidepressant effect starts.

Other occasional effects include leaking of milk from the breasts, changes in heart rhythm, swelling of the skin, joint pain or severe allergic reactions.

Citalopram is considered relatively safe in overdose; although coma at a dosage of 400mg has been observed. It is important to seek medical attention if an overdose of this medication has occurred.

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