Seropram (citalopram HBr)
Seropram is in a class of antidepressants (mood elevators) called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used to treat patients with major depressive disorder.
Seropram can also be prescribed for social anxiety disorder, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Also prescribed in Huntington's disease and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is also used on occasion in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder and anxiety. Citalopram has been found to significantly reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and premature ejaculation. There is also evidence that citalopram may be effective in the treatment of post-stroke pathological crying.
It is not for use in patients with bipolar (manic depressive) disorder as it can exacerbate mania or cause a rapid swing from the depressive to the manic phase.
Directions for use:
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can take 4 to 8 weeks to start working, although they may be effective much sooner.
Take this medicine as directed. It can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Seropram belongs to a group of anti depressants.
Seropram Safety Info
Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) should not be taken within 2 weeks of stopping MAOIs, or with some other medicines or with alcohol which may reduce their effectiveness and increase their toxicity. It is recommended that citalopram should not be used in combination with a MAOI or within 14 days of discontinuing treatment with a MAOI. Similarly, at least 14 days should elapse after discontinuing citalopram treatment before starting a MAOI.
Citalopram hydrobromide has a wide margin of safety in overdose. Cases of overdoses involved the ingestion of citalopram either alone or in combination with other drugs and/or alcohol. In clinical trials, with overdoses of citalopram, all patients recovered.
Please note that the side effects listed below, include only some of the most common and somewhat less common but do not include rarer side effects; the list is not exhaustive. Side effects are usually mild and they generally improve after a few days. Many people taking Seropram experience none of side effects. Consult a physician about any unusual symptoms. It is safer for older adults because the side effects are more tolerable than with children or elderly.
Citalopram hydrobromide is not addictive, but their use should be tapered off slowly. Abruptly stopping SSRIs (or generally antidepressant medications) can cause negative side effects or a relapse into another depressive episode.
Citalopram hydrobromide can cause drowsiness or trouble thinking in some people. Patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery until they know that Citalopram hydrobromide does not affect their ability to safely engage in these activities. Sexual dysfunction can be a significant problem for some people while taking an SSRI. If this side effect occurs, another antidepressant (such as bupropion which is less likely to cause serious sexual dysfunction) may be used instead. Studies indicate that Citalopram hydrobromide can increase the risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
Seropram Side Effects
- increase in sweating, dry mouth
- problems sleeping, weakness, nightmares
- sexual problems
- headaches, dizziness
- anxiety, tremor
- changes in appetite or weight