Celexa is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and additional mental conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder.
What is the generic name of Celexa?
The generic name of Celexa is Citalopram.
How does Celexa work?
It is thought that an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. Celexa works affects a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which inspires a sense of well-being.
To which drug class does Celexa belong?
Celexa belongs to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class that also contains Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Zoloft (sertraline).
Who should not take Celexa?
Do not take Celexa if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) drug during the last 2 weeks. Fatal side effects may occur.
You may not be able to take Celexa, or may need special care if you have or had kidney disease, liver disease, seizures, suicidal tendencies, or episodes of mania.
Can I take Celexa during pregnancy?
Do not take Celexa during pregnancy.
Can I take Celexa while breast-feeding?
Do not take Celexa while nursing a child without consultation with a doctor.
What are the available doses of Celexa?
Celexa tablets (oval): 20mg, 40mg.
How should I take Celexa?
Take Celexa exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Generally, Celexa is taken once a day, usually in the morning.
How should I store Celexa?
Celexa tablets are stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C.
Protect from heat and moisture. Do not store in bathroom.
Keep all the drugs away from reach of children and pets. If a child accidentally consumes this drug or any other drug, you should immediately contact your local poison control center or take child to an emergency room as soon as you can and take the drug package along. Do not induce vomiting unless ordered to.
What should I do if I missed a dose of Celexa?
Take the dose you missed as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for next dose. If it is too late, skip the dose you forgot and take the next dose on its regular time. Never take a double dose. If you have taken a double dose by mistake, contact your doctor immediately.
What should I do in case of overdose?
If overdose is suspected, seek medical help immediately, and rush to nearest emergency room, or poison control center. Overdose symptoms include seizures, chest pain, unusually fast or irregular heartbeat, severe muscle weakness or cramping, and fainting.
How long should I keep taking Celexa?
You should take Celexa as long as your doctor orders you to. Your symptoms may show improvement before the therapy is over. As all antidepressant drugs, you may need several weeks of treatment before improvement is felt.
Does Celexa have any side effects?
- Some of the common side effects include nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, headache, tremor, and insomnia;
- Some patients may experience withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness, tingling sensations, tiredness, vivid dreams, and irritability;
- Sexual problems including lower sex drive, difficulties reaching and maintaining an erection, loss of sensation, inability to reach orgasm, and vaginal dryness can also occur.
- A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing;
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Does Celexa interact with other medication or substances?
- All SSRIs, including Celexa, should not be taken with any of the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor-class of antidepressants, for example, isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and procarbazine (Matulane). Such combinations may lead to confusion, high blood pressure, tremor, and hyperactivity;
- This same type of interaction also may occur with selegiline (Eldepryl), fenfluramine (Pondimin), and dexfenfluramine (Redux);
- Tryptophan can cause headaches, nausea, sweating, and dizziness when taken with any SSRI;
- Celexa should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: weight loss drugs (e.g., sibutramine, phentermine);
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other antidepressants (e.g., nefazodone, trazodone, venlafaxine), carbamazepine, cimetidine, other drugs which can cause bleeding/bruising (e.g., thrombolytic drugs such as TPA, anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin, antiplatelet drugs including NSAIDs such as ibuprofen), herbal/natural products (e.g., melatonin, St John’s wort, ayahuasca), lithium, other SSRI antidepressants (e.g. fluoxetine, sertraline), tramadol, triptan migraine drugs (e.g. sumatriptan, almotriptan), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, imipramine);
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness, such as antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), or psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, thioridazine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products;
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, vitamins, home remedies, herbal products, or nutritional supplements;
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Should I take any special precautions while taking Celexa?
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., unstable heart disease, recent heart attack), high or low blood pressure, liver disease, other mental/mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), seizures, severe kidney disease, stomach bleeding, thyroid problems, untreated mineral imbalance (e.g., hyponatremia);
- This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery;
- Avoid alcoholic beverages;
- Though uncommon, depression can lead to thoughts or attempts of suicide. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any suicidal thoughts, worsening depression, or any other mental/mood changes (including new or worsening anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, rapid speech);
- Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects. The elderly are more likely to develop a type of mineral imbalance (hyponatremia), especially if they are also taking “water pills” or diuretics with this medication;
- Do not stop taking Celexa unless your doctor directs you to stop.
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