Celexa (citalopram) is an antidepressant medication that works in the brain. It is approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Celexa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Celexa is available in generic form.

Side Effect

Celexa may cause a serious heart problem. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms: fast or pounding heartbeats and sudden dizziness (like you might pass out).

Celexa can increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, or young adults within the first few months of treatment. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch for these changes and call the healthcare provider right away if they occur. Celexa is not approved for use in children less than 12 years old.

Citalopram can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.


Celexa is available in tablet and liquid form. The Celexa dosage your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:

-The medical condition being treated

-Other medical conditions you may have

-How you respond to Celexa

-Your age

Celexa should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Your Celexa dosage will usually be increased gradually until it reaches the amount that’s right for you. Celexa may be taken with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Celexa, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.


Celexa is used to treat depression. Celexa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.