Celexa, along with many other drugs, is part of the class of medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Basically, that makes Celexa tablets and the oral solution anti-depressants.
The following major side effects are possible whenever one takes Celexa. If you take Celexa there is a chance of suicidal thoughts or actions, bleeding problems (particularly if you take Celexa with Advil or Aleve), mania (unusual hyperactivity, excitability, elation), seizures, and sexual problems (such as impotency). Less serious side effects include but are not limited to dry mouth, nausea, or sleepiness.
Celexa should not be taken with other anti-depressants as it may cause an overdose. Celexa should also not be taken when anti-migraine medications called Triptans are also being taken. When the two are taken together, Serotonin Syndrome, a potentially life threatening disorder, can occur. The signs and symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome include restlessness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, irregularly fast heartbeat, increased body temperature, fast changes in blood pressure, overactive reflexes, diarrhea, coma, nausea, and vomiting. This report was issued in July of 2006.
Also in July of 2006, the FDA released a report warning against taking Celexa and other anti depressants while pregnant. The FDA's study showed that babies born to mothers that took anti-depressants such as SSRIs 20 weeks or more into the pregnancy had a higher chance of (6 times as likely) to have persistent pulmonary hypertension than babies that were born to mothers that did not take SSRIs during their pregnancy. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) causes abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs and, as a result, do not get enough oxygen to the rest of their bodies. PPHN can make babies very sick or even cause death.