Citalopram is an antidepressant drug.it is used to cure major depressions. It is frequently used to treat anxiety, panic disorders and depression. It is an effective drug but like every other drug, one can not be saved from citalopram side effects; if taken unwisely. Where citalopram soothes the symotoms of depression and anxiety, on the other hand citalopram may leave some effects as well. Citalopram side effects may prove hazardous if not treated well and if Ignored.
Common Side Effects:
- Constipation is one common side effect of this drug.
- The user’s desire for sex decreases.
- Ability of doing sex also decreases because of this drug.
- Dizziness is also felt by the user of this drug.
- The mouth starts staying dry.
- Drowsiness is felt.
- Diarrhea is another common side effect of Citalopram.
- Increased sweating is another problem that is suffered by the user of this drug.
- The user undergoes light headedness when he stands up or sits down.
- Nausea is another common side effect
- Stuffy nose
- The user of citalopram loses his appetite.
- Tiredness is felt
- Weakness is also another common side effect.
- Excessive drowsiness and yawning is part of it’s side effects.
Adverse effects of citalopram
- Menstrual cycles get disturbed
- Bizarre behaviour is shown by the user.
- Pain in chest is also felt.
- The user starts remaining confused all the time.
- Black and bloody stools are passed by the user.
- Concentration of the user decreases.
- In the tasks, where coordination is required, the user fails to coordinate because of decreased concentration and increased confusion.
- Heartbeat becomes slow and irregular
- The user suffers hallucinations.
- The user may faint now or then.
- Memory loss takes place
- The user undergoes worst agitation and this agitation gets worst day by day.
- Panic attacks is another severe side effect.
- The user becomes aggressive.
- Impulsive behaviour is also exhibited.
- Irritability is another severe side effect.
- Some users also exhibit exaggerated feeling of being superior.
- Restlessness is also depicted by the behaviour of it’s users.
- Painful erection is another side effect.
- The user depicts inability to show persistence.
- Skin also starts to peel off.
- Seizuresis another severe side effect.
- The user of citalopram may suffer with sleep disorders
- Severe persistent anxiety is also suffered
- Severe or persistent headache is also faced by it’s user.
- Stomach pain is also felt by some users.
- The patient starts staying so depressed that he might become victim of suicidal thoughts or he may make a suicidal attemot as well.
- Unsual bleeding is another side effect.
- Unusual weakness is also felt by the patients.
- Severe mood changes are also exhibited
- Depression may also get worst.
Nervous System Effects:
Following nervous system side effects are faced by the user of Citalopram:
- Dry mouth
- Increasesd sweating
- Sleep abnormalities
- Extrapyramidal disorder
- Leg cramps
- Involuntary muscle contractions
- Abnormal gait
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Serotonin syndrome
- Abnormal coordination
- Grand malconvulsions
Gastrointestinal side effects include:
- Increased production of saliva
- Teeth grinding
- Gastric ulcer
- Rectal hemorrhage
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Some psychiatric side effects are as follows:
- Decreased libido
- Suicidal attempts
- Impaired concentrations
- Increased appetite
- Aggressive reactions
- Drug dependency
- Psychotic depression
- Panic reactions
- Catatonic Reactions
- Withdrawal Syndrome
Some of the genitourinary side effects are as follows:
- Disorder in ejaculation
- Pain in breasts
- Vaginal hemorrhage
- Breast enlargement
Following are some of the respiratory side effects:
- Respiratory tract infection
- Increased sputum
Some of the musculoskeletal side effects are as follows:
- Muscle weakness
- Skeletal pain
Some of the cardiovascular side effects are as follows:
- Angina pectoris
- Cardiac failure
- Myocardial infarction
- Cerebovascular accident
- Myocardial ischemia
- Atrial fibrillation
- Cardiac arrest
- Bundle branch block
- Ventricular arrhythmia
These are the major side effects of citalopram included endocrine, hematologic, metabolic, and dermatologic and other general side effects. Citalopram side effects should not be ignored to get better health. Patient must consult or visit doctor and get suggestion to be cured soon from these side effects.