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Citalopram : Interaction with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine


Interaction of Citalopram with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Citalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), prescribed for depression. It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.

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Citalopram Interactions with Food and Herbs

Tyramine Rich Food Products: Interaction between citalopram and tyramine-rich foods like cheese, milk, beef, chicken liver, meat extract, avocados, bananas, canned figs, soy beans and excess chocolate can result in sudden and dangerous increase in blood pressure.
St.John's Wort: It's better to avoid the combination of citalopram with St. John's wort as it might lead to serotonin syndrome.

Citalopram Interactions with Alcohol

It is generally better to avoid taking alcohol with any kind of antidepressants, since the combination can cause more depression, drowsiness and dizziness. It may also result in alertness and thinking impairment.
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Citalopram Interactions with Caffeine

Consumption of caffeine products, chocolates and desserts along with citalopram can cause dangerous side effects leading to serotonin syndrome. So, avoid desserts with chocolate while taking citalopram.

How to Take the Medication -

You can take this drug on full or empty stomach. In general, citalopram is prescribed to be taken once daily. Try to take the medicine at the same time every day. Don't cross the recommended dosage level. Never stop any antidepressants without consulting the doctor.
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