Alcohol can intensify the effects if citalopram, so it is best to speak to a doctor about the safe use of alcohol while taking this medication, according to MedlinePlus. Citalopram is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, alcoholism, social phobia and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Potential side effects of citalopram include stomach problems, decreased appetite, weight loss, frequent urination and muscle or joint pain, states MedlinePlus. Excessive tiredness, yawning, weakness, dry mouth and changes in sex drive may also occur during treatment. Reporting these side effects to a doctor is necessary only if they are severe or unrelieved.