Can You Have Hair Transplant Surgery if You Are Taking Celexa?

it states on websites that tricyclic anti depressants must be stopped 2 weks before surgery but how about ssri's?

Doctor Answers 11

Hair Transplant and Depression

TCA's have very different pharmacology than SSRI's.  TCA's have many interactions with medications that SSRI's do not.  I do not know of any reason to stop SSRI's prior to hair transplantation.

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Always check with your doctor doing the surgery .

Always check with your doctor doing the surgery .  There should be no reason why  you cannot have surgery based only on Celexa that you are taking from a surgical point of view.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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SSRI Antidepressants & hair transplants

Celexa (citalopram) is an SSRI type medication that does not need to be stopped for most patients who undergo a hair transplant. Be sure to check with your surgeon for specific guidance. 

Hair Transplant Surgery and SSRIs

Patients first have a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon, who should explain what to expect before and after the procedure. Once a patient decides to move forward, he is given detailed preparation instructions. This includes what medications to avoid, which does not include SSRIs. But again, you should consult and defer to your transplant doctor of physician

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hair transplant and anti-depressants

I do not have any of my patients stop any antidepressants prior to hair transplant surgery. I do not see any problems with continuing it. Dr. Behnam

Ben Behnam, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
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Antidepressants Before Surgery

I generally do not have patients stop antidepressants before surgery. However, this is something you must discuss with your specific surgeon.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Stopping Celexa Prior to Hair Transplant Surgery

There is no medical reason to stop Celexa prior to your hair transplant opertion. You will get a list of medications to avoid before any surgery, including drugs that intefer with blood clotting. Enjoy the new hair.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Stopping Celexa (Citalopram) before hair transplant

There may be some significant side effects with stopping Celexa before hair transplant.  Most of the SSRI's need to be weaned down.  There is no need though to stop it prior to the transplant as this medication will not interfere with the procedure.

Kenneth L. Stein, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No Need to Stop TCAs or SSRIs prior to Hair Transplant

I know of no reasons to stop anti-depressants before hair restoration.  I simply do not see a need to do that.


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Samuel Lam, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Celexa and Hair Transplants

There is no reason I know of to stop this medication. However, hair transplantation may make you feel so great you may want to stop it after!

Barry Resnik, MD
Miami Dermatologist
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