Citalopram (generic for Celexa®)

Not feeling your best? You’re not alone. Medication isn’t for everyone, but it can be life changing for those who need it. Consult with a psychiatry provider through our platform to help you determine whether a medication like Citalopram could be right for you and help you feel like yourself again.
FDA-approved for major depressive disorder
Prescribed by licensed psychiatry providers, if appropriate
Online evaluation and ongoing check-ins
Prescription products require an online consultation with a healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate.

about this medication

what is citalopram

Citalopram is among the first few SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressant drugs on the market. The FDA first approved citalopram in 1998. It is sold under the brand name Celexa and primarily prescribed to treat depression.

citalopram uses

Citalopram is FDA-approved to treat depression. In clinical trials, citalopram was shown to be effective as an acute treatment as well as over the longer term showing a significantly lower depression relapse rate compared to placebo in those who responded well to short term treatment.

how citalopram works

Citalopram is believed to increase levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of over 40 messenger chemicals (neurotransmitters) that carry signals between nerve cells in the brain (neurons). Like other SSRIs, citalopram lowers the level of serotonin that your neurons reabsorb, which results in more free serotonin in the brain. For some this can improve symptoms of their condition, such as improved mood or reduced panic attacks.

citalopram side effects

The most common side effects of citalopram include nausea, sleepiness, weakness, dizziness, feeling anxious, trouble sleeping, sexual problems, sweating, shaking, not feeling hungry, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory infections, and yawning. Citalopram also runs the risk of a heart rhythm abnormality (known as QT prolongation).

what to expect

a seamless experience with an online psychiatry provider.


Online psychiatric evaluation

Consult via video chat with an online psychiatry provider, who will evaluate you and assess whether medication is appropriate


Private, ongoing follow-ups and medication management

A few weeks after your first appointment, you’ll have your first follow-up to evaluate whether your treatment plan is working—all on your smartphone


Discreet shipping to your door

If prescribed, your medication will be shipped to your door in low-key packaging

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Frequently asked questions about citalopram

how quickly does Citalopram work?
Citalopram was shown to be effective as a treatment for depression in clinical trials lasting 4-6 weeks. Consult with your healthcare provider if you do not think your condition is getting better. Do not stop taking your medication without talking to your health care provider.
how long do Citalopram withdrawal symptoms last?
Citalopram has a half life of 36 hours, which means that after about a day and a half, the concentration of the drug in the body will be reduced by half. It is thought that withdrawal symptoms typically start when 90% of more of the drug is out of the body, which for Citalopram occurs around 7 days after the last dose. It is important to consult with a provider before stopping Citalopram, since withdrawal symptoms can be serious.
does citalopram have drug interactions?
Citalopram can interact with a variety of substances, including common medications as well as supplements, causing adverse effects. Substances that may interact include but are not limited to: other antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), St. John's wort, L-tryptophan and more.
how do you buy citalopram online?
Consult with a psychiatrist or other qualified psychiatry provider online through our platform. If prescribed Citalopram, genuine citalopram will be shipped to you discreetly. You’ll have ongoing check-ins with a psychiatry provider to evaluate whether your treatment plan is working.

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