Celexa (Citalopram) belongs to a group of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS). It is used to treat depression. SSRIS improve depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in certain areas of the brain, which improves the ability of the brain to transmit messages from one nerve cell to another. Patients will start to feel better within a few weeks of treatment but the full effects of the medication may not be evident until several weeks of treatment have passed. The usual recommended starting dose is 20mg daily.
We currently have the brand from UK and Turkey manufactured by Lundbeck. Other alternative names of Celexa are known as Cipramil or Cipram. The generic comes from Canada. It may come from other countries around the world. Celexa is available in tablet form and strengths of: 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects:
• Agitation, hallucinations, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination;
• Headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
• Headache, slurred speech, severe weakness, muscle cramps, feeling unsteady, seizure (convulsions);
• Very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors;
Less serious side effects:
• Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough;
• Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
• Drowsiness, tired feeling;
• Increased sweating or urination, weight changes;
• Mild nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, dry mouth;
• Sleep problems
You should not use Celexa if you are allergic to citalopram, or if you also take pimozide, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection. Do not use Celexa if you have taken a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. Taking Celexa during pregnancy may cause serious lung problems in the baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Celexa. Do not start or stop taking this medication during pregnancy without your doctor’s advice. Citalopram can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using citalopram. Do not give Celexa to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
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