Medically Reviewed by Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Jun 21, 2022

Drug Details

Common Brands:



Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant


Oral tablet, oral solution


By mouth

Therapeutic Uses:

Major depressive disorder

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance

What is citalopram (Celexa)?

 Citalopram (sye tal oh pram) belongs to a group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. It is a prescription oral medication that is used to treat depression.

Who can take citalopram (Celexa)?

 Citalopram is approved for use in adults. Children younger than 18 are not usually prescribed this medication, but in some cases, a doctor may decide citalopram therapy is required in a child.