FDA approved

Generic for Celexa®Citalopram

Starting at $49/mo

Getting psychiatric care for anxiety and depression has never been more convenient. Consult with a healthcare provider through our platform to determine whether a medication like citalopram could be right for you.


  • Prescribed by a healthcare provider experienced in treating anxiety & depression, if appropriate
  • Unlimited provider messaging
  • Free dosage adjustments

What is citalopram?

Citalopram is a prescription drug and was among the first few SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) 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 major depressive disorder.

Citalopram uses

Citalopram is FDA-approved to treat depression. In clinical trials, citalopram was shown to be effective both as an acute treatment and over longer periods of time.

How citalopram works

As an antidepressant medication, citalopram increases levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin in the brain. Like other SSRIs, citalopram lowers the level of serotonin that neurons reabsorb, which results in more free serotonin in the brain. For some, this can ease their symptoms with results like improved mood or reduced panic attacks.

* Only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a healthcare provider.

* Controlled substances such as Xanax and Adderall are not available through our platform.

* This page has been medically reviewed by Sylvia Valadez, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC.

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How to get citalopram online with Hers

1. Simple consultation

Complete an online mental health assessment and intake form, then connect with a healthcare provider through our platform.

2. Free delivery

Get citalopram shipped to you for free, if prescribed.

3. Ongoing support

Enjoy secure, ongoing support 100% online—including refills and unlimited dosage adjustments.

What’s an SSRI?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant that work by increasing levels of a mood-affecting chemical called serotonin in the brain which helps to improve your symptoms. Nice, right?

The science of citalopram

Your brain naturally produces chemicals that make you feel good, like serotonin. Citalopram keeps neurons from reabsorbing this chemical so that you have more of it available in your brain. For some, this can ease their symptoms with results like improved mood or reduced panic attacks.


Keep in mind

Serious side effects of citalopram

While citalopram is generally well tolerated, it can cause serious side effects. Rarely reported side effects can include increased bleeding (gums), teeth grinding, seizure and angle-closure glaucoma. Other adverse effects of citalopram may include heart rhythm changes (such as QT prolongation), sudden changes in blood pressure or heart rate, suicidal thoughts, extreme drowsiness, allergic reaction, and more. Share any serious or worsening side effects with your healthcare provider.


Felt better

Over 75% of Hers customers who checked in with their provider reported improvements in their mental health symptoms.*

* Results vary. Data were self-reported between 11/26/2021 and 08/01/2022 by Hers customers who 1) signed up between 11/04/2021 and 05/04/2022; 2) were prescribed antidepressant medication by a provider after their first consultation on the Hers platform; and 3) had an active subscription for such psychiatric medication through the Hers platform within 90 days after signing up.

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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.

What are common side effects of citalopram?

Common side effects of citalopram include fatigue or trouble sleeping, dry mouth, nervousness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, increased sweating, and more. See Important Safety Information for more and talk to your provider about side effects or related concerns.

What are some risk factors for taking citalopram?

Seek medical advice before taking citalopram if you have history of heart problems or heart failure, bipolar disorder, long QT syndrome, an electrolyte imbalance (such as low potassium, magnesium, or sodium levels), are allergic to citalopram or escitalopram or using other medications.

Does citalopram have known drug interactions?

Yes, like most medications, other drugs can interact with citalopram. Tell your provider if you take any medications or supplements related to serotonin levels (eg, sertraline, fluoxetine, lithium, St. John‘s Wort, etc), migraine medications (eg, triptans), pain medications (eg, NSAIDS like ibuprofen, etc), antibiotic linezolid, amphetamines, anticoagulants or blood thinners (eg, warfarin), antiarrhythmics (eg, pimozide), antipsychotics, antibiotics, or methadone.

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. Withdrawal symptoms typically start about 1-5 days after your last dose and last for about 7 days to two months. It is important to consult with a provider before stopping citalopram since withdrawal symptoms can be serious.

Can I buy citalopram online?

If appropriate, a licensed psychiatry professional on the hers platform can prescribe citalopram online for you.

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Important safety information

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Important safety information

If you're in emotional distress, text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor immediately.
If you're having a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your local ER

* Controlled substances, including amphetamines (such as Adderall) or benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium) are not available through our platform.