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Precautions and Warnings With Citalopram

Who Should Not Take Citalopram?

You should not take citalopram if you:
  • Are allergic to it, Celexa, or any inactive components used to make the medicine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.


  • Have a condition known as congenital long QT syndrome.
  • Are taking linezolid (Zyvox®) or intravenous methylene blue. Citalopram should not be started in people taking these products, but a person already taking citalopram may be given linezolid or methylene blue, if absolutely necessary, and only with very careful monitoring and only if citalopram is stopped during treatment. 


  • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. MAOIs include:



Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations where citalopram should not be taken, as well as a number of safety concerns people should be aware of before starting treatment. However, it is possible that not all warnings and precautions for citalopram were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific issues that may apply to you.
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