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Drug interactions between citalopram and fingolimod

Results for the following 2 drugs:
citalopram
fingolimod

Interactions between your drugs

Major

citalopram ↔ fingolimod

Applies to:citalopram and fingolimod

Before starting fingolimod, let your doctor know if you are currently receiving treatment with citalopram. Using fingolimod in this situation can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect. This is most likely to occur early on after you start treatment with fingolimod, especially within the first 20 hours after the first dose. You may also be more susceptible if you have a heart condition called congenital long QT syndrome, other cardiac diseases, conduction abnormalities, or electrolyte disturbances (for example, magnesium or potassium loss due to severe or prolonged diarrhea or vomiting). On the other hand, it may be alright for you to use these medications together if you have been stable on fingolimod therapy for over a month while you start treatment with citalopram. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your first dose of fingolimod must be taken at your doctor's office or a hospital, and you will need to be observed for 6 hours or more afterwards. In the event that you restart the medication after an interruption in treatment, you may need to take the first dose again under medical observation depending on how long you were on the medication before you stopped, and how many days the interruption lasted. You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations during treatment with these medications, whether together or alone. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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