Citalopram-induced long QT syndrome and torsade de pointes: role for concomitant therapy and disease.

Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, Messina University Medical School, Messina, Italy.
International journal of cardiology (Impact Factor: 6.18). 07/2009; 148(2):226-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2009.05.060
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Although citalopram is considered to be a safe antidepressant drug, some cases of arrhythmic disorders, syncope, or intoxication leading to lethal outcomes have been described over the last few years. We report the case of citalopram-induced long QT syndrome complicated by torsade de pointes in a young woman, in whom the role for antihypertensive treatment with diuretics and intercurrent flu-like syndrome is discussed.