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What is citalopram?
Citalopram is in a class of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
What is citalopram used for?
Citalopram has an FDA-approved indication for the treatment of depression in adults. The safety and efficacy of citalopram has not been established in pediatric patients (younger than 18).
What are the risks?
Clinical worsening and suicide risk: All patients being treated with antidepressants should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the first few months of a course of drug treatment, or at times of dose changes.
Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: Antidepressants like citalopram increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children, adolescents and young adults with major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of citalopram or any other antidepressant in this group must balance this risk with the clinical need. Citalopram is not approved for pediatric patients. …