Citalopram qt prolongation

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I know someone with LQTS who takes Lexapro but isn't that similar to Citalopram which is on the QT prolonging drug list. If you know of a safe antidepressant or some other medication that works for anxiety and is safe for someone with LQTS I would appreciate some more info.
Yes, a well known side effect of the majority of SSRI''s is that they can prolong the QT interval. This does not mean that they will and "prolonging" the QT interval is not the same thing as having a "prolonged QT interval".
The main thing I am worried about it that I have had a heart problem with svt which I had ablated in october. I read that citalopram can cause QT prolongation which can result in death, I was so worried I made me dr do an ecg which was ok but I am still worried. Most of my anixety centres around my health especially my heart and breathing. I was going to post a question to one of the drs but you have to pay now the last time I did it it was free.
I would also check your EKG to see what the QRS duration is -- often when people have mobitz type I, the QRS is also widened, which would “stretch out” the QT interval -- a prolonged QT in this setting would not be considered a true QT prolongation.
Changes in the electrical activity of the heart (prolongation of the QT interval of the electrocardiogram [ECG]) can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm (including Torsade de Pointes), which can be fatal." Here is the link to the provided information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001041/ You should also know that the shaking you are experiencing may not at all be a side effect from alcohol at all. It may be anxiety which can be triggered by alcohol but also hereditary.
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Beta-2 adrenergic agonists can cause dose-related prolongation of the QT interval and potassium loss. Theoretically, coadministration with other agents that can prolong the QT interval may result in elevated risk of ventricular arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia and torsade de pointes, because of additive arrhythmogenic potential related to their effects on cardiac conduction.
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