Citalopram and respiratory problems?

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Hello,

I am new to this website, and just joined because I saw the wonderful discussions and feedback on so many of these posts.  I can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for anywhere.

I am 26 and have had asthma since infancy.  I have been on Citalopram for about 3 months, and have been sick nearly the entire time.  I have done many rounds of antibiotics and oral steroids, increased my dose of Advair to max, and frequently taken albuterol and bronkaid.  I have only had a few days here and there of remission of symptoms.

I know that "cough", "respiratory infection" and things of the sort are listed in the Citalopram "infrequent" side effects.  My doctor doesn't seem to think that this could be related.  Has anyone else experienced breathing trouble on Citalopram?  Other than going off of it, is there any way to determine if this is what it is caused from?  Any experiences or knowledge are appreciated.

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    Don't give up. I am aslo an asthmatic since childhood and I understand you. You WILL get better again. I am praying for you.

    Blessings

    Kirk  :-)

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      Hi John, I have asthma and use Advair too. I did find that my chest felt tighter initially, and I assumed it was the increased anxiety. Things do seem to have settled now at 4 months and using much less albuterol and back on my maintenance of 50/250 Advair after increasing to 50/500 when I first started. I am sure it will settle. Lee.
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      No problems. Taking only 10 mg citalopram, so I don't think it's a problem for me. Several years of allergy shots helped me significantly. Now I take sprays on occasion. Are you able to check with an allergist?
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      Thank you! I recently went to an asthma/allergy/immunology doctor, and didn't really push or bring up my curiosity about the Citalopram causing problems.  I don't have any known allergies, other than to antibiotics, and am waiting for test results back on an immunology work-up.  If the immunology stuff comes back clean, I will mention it to them and see if they think there could be a connection. 

      I just hate to be "that patient", who tries to override the doctors and Dr. Google everything, so I try to let them do their job to some extent.

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      Thank you for the feedback!  Good to know that you did infact experience changes (whether or not they were actually related), and that the breathing difficulties did resolve.

      Thanks again... it gives me hope!

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