Celexa is a drug, used for the treatment of depression. Its generic is called Citalopram. Apart from depression, this drug treats eating disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, etc.
Celexa belongs to the group of antidepressants called “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors”. These drugs usually affect neurotransmitters – the chemicals that ease the communication between the nerves cells of the brain.
Citalopram hydrobromide (an active component of Celexa) falls within the group of antidepressants called SSRIs (“selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors”), which are the most widespread antidepressants.
Celexa blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which makes it more available for use by the brain. High levels of serotonin are related to enhanced moods, which is especially important in alleviating the symptoms of mood swings. This medicine is mostly prescribed for the treatment of depression and severe depressive disorders.
Celexa can also be used for the treatment of OCD, panic attacks, dysthymia, increased excitement, body dysmorphic disorder, etc.
This medicine contains such inactive components as glycerin, corn, starch, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, copovidone, lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol and iron oxide coloring agents.
Celexa is available in the following dosages: 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg. The dosage for each patient varies depending on his/her age, health condition and reaction to the drug.
Celexa is usually taken in a single dose in the morning or in the daytime. The maximum recommended daily dosage is 40 mg. The drug can be taken irrespective of the mealtime.
Taking Celexa after eating will help you to avoid sickness. The drug must be taken strictly according to the doctor. Don’t change the dosage to avoid undesirable effects.
Don’t take Celexa longer than necessary. You must gradually (and not abruptly) stop the treatment to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Kids, teenagers and people younger than 24 years old may easily get affected with suicidal thoughts and tendencies. You should know that antidepressants don’t cause the suicidal thoughts, but the underlying psychiatric diseases do. For that reason, patients using Celexa must be closely monitored by the doctors.
Any patient allergic to Celexa or its active components must avoid using it. This drug can’t be prescribed to the pregnant and lactating women.
If you have a family history of liver dysfunction, heart failure, clotting problems, Romano-Ward syndrome, blood diseases, glaucoma, kidney failure, low blood potassium or magnesium and bipolar disorder, you should consult your physician before starting the treatment with Celexa. Patients suffering from drug or alcohol addiction must use this drug with special caution.
Usual adverse effects of Citalopram are listed below. If they get worse or last too long, seek medical assistance.
- Dry mouth
- Lack of appetite
- Vision impairment
Other severe Citalopram adverse effects are:
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of consciousness
- Stool disorders
- Sexual disorders
- Easy hemorrhage or bruises
- Decreased libido