Does Celexa cause bloating? (5+ tips)

In this article, we will discuss whether Celexa (Citalopram) causes bloating. We will also discuss some research studies and how to manage bloating while taking Celexa.

Does Celexa cause bloating?

Yes, Celexa can cause bloating. It is listed as a common side effect of Celexa.

Celexa, a brand for Citalopram, is an antidepressant used to treat various mental health conditions like depression and anxiety (1).

Bloating is a mild side effect of Celexa which can lead to severe abdominal pain. While not everyone experiences this side effect, some individuals may notice abdominal discomfort, bloating or changes in bowel habits when taking Celexa.

If you experience persistent or severe bloating while taking Celexa, it is essential to discuss it with your healthcare provider. They can assess your specific situation, provide guidance, and consider potential adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.

What does research suggest?

Research studies indicate that Celexa may cause gastrointestinal disturbances which may increase your stomach gases (2). This can cause bloating and make you feel heavy. Other antidepressants like Wellbutrin also show this side effect.

Celexa-induced bloating is not persistent and is more common in people who are new to Citalopram or antidepressants in general. Celexa can also cause other gastrointestinal side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea

If your bloating is making it difficult for you to eat normally or if you feel abdominal pain, reach out to your healthcare provider and discuss your side effects.

How to get rid of Citalopram-induced bloating?

If you are experiencing bloating as a side effect of Celexa, consider these steps to alleviate and reduce it (3):

Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help alleviate bloating and support overall digestive health.

Dietary modifications: 

  • Fibre– Incorporate more fibre-rich foods into your diet gradually, as they can aid in digestion. However, avoid excess fibre as it can sometimes worsen bloating.
  • Eating habits– Big meals can cause bloating. To avoid this, try taking smaller but more frequent meals to keep the digestive system moving and keep your eating slow to avoid air entering the digestive system.
  • Chew food thoroughly– Ensure you chew your food thoroughly to aid digestion and minimize the swallowing of excess air, which can contribute to bloating.

Probiotics: Consider consuming probiotic-rich food like yoghurt. Probiotics may help promote a healthy gut and alleviate bloating for some people.

Over-the-counter medications: Some OTC medications like Simethicone can help relieve gas and bloating. Consult your healthcare provider before using them.

Physical activities: Physical exercise like yoga and regular exercise can keep the bowel moving regularly and prevent bloating.

Monitor symptoms: Keep a food diary to track which foods or situations worsen your bloating. This can help you identify triggers and make necessary dietary adjustments.

Stress management: Stress can exacerbate digestive issues. Consider relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation to manage stress.

When to consult your healthcare provider?

If bloating does not disappear even after several weeks of the treatment with Citalopram, it is essential to consult with your healthcare provider. They may adjust your medication dosage, consider alternative treatments, or provide additional guidance.

It is essential to maintain open communication with your healthcare provider while managing any medication-related side effects like bloating. They can offer personalized advice and make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.


In conclusion, bloating is a potential side effect associated with Celexa and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). While not everyone experiences this side effect, some individuals may notice abdominal discomfort and bloating while taking Celexa. It is essential to discuss it with your healthcare provider. They can evaluate your specific situation consider potential adjustments to your treatment plan and ensure your well-being during the course of treatment. 




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