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|Citalopram 10 mg 28 tabl.||£57.40||Start consultation|
|Citalopram 20 mg 28 tabl.||£59.18||Start consultation|
|Citalopram 40 mg 28 tabl.||£60.96||Start consultation|
What is Citalopram?
Citalopram is a type of medicine known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The active ingredient citalopram increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Brain nerve cells need serotonin to send messages to each other. A shortage of serotonin can cause problems such as depression and anxiety. Citalopram counterbalances serotonin deficiency, resulting in a mood-lightening effect. Citalopram is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Citalopram used for?
Citalopram is typically prescribed to treat depression and various anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and social phobia. It is sometimes also used to treat premature ejaculation in men.
How to use Citalopram
Citalopram tablets should be taken with liquid. It may take several weeks to months for the benefits of this medicine to appear. You should continue taking Citalopram, even if your symptoms do not improve or seem to get worse. If your symptoms have not improved in 10 to 12 weeks, this medicine may not be right for you. Contact your doctor to discuss alternative drug options. If Citalopram does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time to prevent the symptoms from coming back.
Citalopram is available in tablets of 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. For anxiety and depression, the general recommended dose is:
- Adults: 20 mg once daily.
- Elderly patients (65+): 10 mg once daily.
The doctor may gradually increase the dose according to your body’s response to the medicine. Citalopram is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Citalopram may have side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache and constipation;
- Drowsiness and sleepiness. Take your medicine in the evening if you experience these side effects;
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). Take your medicine in the morning if you experience this side effect;
Most side effects are usually only temporary and will disappear once the body adjusts to the medicine. For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Citalopram
This medicine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antidepressant if:
- You are allergic to citalopram or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat);
- You are taking mediation that influences your heart rate;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
If you suffer from diabetes, epilepsy or any other disease, you should consult a doctor before ordering this medicine. Be sure to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order to avoid potential interaction problems.
Citalopram should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine may affect your ability to drive. Stay out of traffic until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won’t affect your performance.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as this will increase the chance of side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness.