Celexa Facts

Celexa or Citalopram is a prescription medication used for depression treatment. It can also be used to treat the following: alcoholism, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and social phobia. It is part of the selective serotoninin inhibitors (SSRIs), which is an antidepressant class of medication. It is believed that Celexa works to provide a higher serotonin amount. Serotonin is a naturally occurring brain substance that plays a role in mental balance maintenance.

Medicine dosage and use

Celexa is available as either a tablet or liquid substance, both of which are taken orally. Typically people take it once daily, either in the morning or the evening. It can be taken with or without food. It is recommended that people take Celexa at approximately the same time each day It is important to follow all of the medication directions exactly as they are given. If you do not understand any part of the instructions on the prescription label, consult your pharmacist or doctor. Unless your doctor has given you directions to increase or decrease your dose, do not do so on your own. Typically a doctor will start a patient on a low Celexa dose and will then increase it as needed.

It often takes one to four weeks to become aware of Celexa's full effect. Even when you do feel well, continue to take it on your regular schedule. If you quit taking Celexa altogether you may have withdrawal symptoms such as agitation or anxiety, difficulty with sleeping, dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritability, mood swings, nausea, numbness, shaking, sweating and tingling. Most likely if your doctor believes that you can stop taking Celexa, he will decrease your dose slowly.

If you forget to take Celexa, take the missed dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next round of medication. If this occurs, skip your missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not take an extra dose to compensate for the one that you missed.

Side effects

The most common side effect of Celexa is drowsiness. It is important to abstain from driving a car or operating machinery until you can determine how the medication affects you.

Alcohol is known to increase the severity of a number of Celexa's side effects. Consult your doctor about appropriate alcohol intake while using Celexa.

Celexa can also cause any of the following side effects: constipation, change in sexual ability or drive, decrease in appetite, diarrhea, dry mouth, extreme fatigue, frequent need to urinate, heartburn, nausea, paint in muscles or joints, stomach pain, uncontrollable shaking, vomiting, weight loss and yawning. Women may also experience menstrual periods that are heavier than normal. If any of these symptoms are severe, contact your doctor.

Additionally, Celexa may cause the following more serious side effects: blisters or hives, breath shortness, change in heartbeat, chest pain, coma, concentration or memory problems, confusion, dizziness, fainting, fever, hallucinations, headache, hoarse voice, itching, lack of coordination, muscles that are stiff or twitch, rash, seizures, sweating in excess, swallowing or breathing difficulty, swelling in a variety of body parts, unique bruising or bleeding and unsteady walking. It is important to seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these side effects.

Finally, it is important to note that Celexa may cause decreased appetite for children. Monitor this carefully and consult your doctor if you see a significant change in your child's growth or weight.

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