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Can Citalopram cause sleep walking?

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Can Citalopram cause sleep walking?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Bill replied 5 years ago.
Bill :

Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

Bill :

In US Food and Drug Administration Follow up studies a very small population of Citalopram users reported to have Sleep Walking as a Side effect. Details of these reports by users of the medications are as follows:

What is Citalopram hydrobromide

Citalopram hydrobromide has active ingredients of citalopram hydrobromide. It is used in depression, stress and anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, depressed mood, dysthymia. Common side effects of Citalopram hydrobromide include nausea, stress and anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, fall.

On Sep, 22, 2012: 19,407 people reported to have side effects when taking Citalopram hydrobromide. Among them, 58 people (0.30%) have Sleep Walking.

Time on Citalopram hydrobromide when people have Sleep walking * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Sleep walking6.67%93.33%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Sleep walking when taking Citalopram hydrobromide * :

Sleep walking10.00%90.00%

Age of people who have Sleep walking when taking Citalopram hydrobromide * :

Sleep walking19.23%0.00%0.00%1.92%25.00%3.85%15.38%34.62%

Severity of Sleep walking when taking Citalopram hydrobromide * :


How people recovered from Sleep walking * :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression

  2. Insomnia

  3. Diabetes mellitus

  4. Anxiety

  5. Smoking cessation therapy

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zopiclone

  2. Loperamide

  3. Metformin hcl

  4. Ritonavir

  5. Atazanavir sulfate

Bill :

Should you have concerns about this as a side effect for yourself, you should contact your prescribing Doctor for further advice.

Kindest regards,


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