Mental Health Home > Precautions and Warnings With Citalopram
There are a number of important precautions and warnings with citalopram to be aware of, including serious side effects to look out for. This drug may cause gastrointestinal bleeding, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or seizures in some people. Do not take it if you are allergic to any components of the medicine, have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks, or are currently taking pimozide.
You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking citalopram hydrobromide (Celexa®) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Had a recent heart attack or have unstable heart disease
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Low blood potassium (hypokalemia)
- Low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia)
- Long QT syndrome
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.