Celexa (generic name: Citalopram HBr) is a prescription medication for the treatment of symptoms of patients with depression. Citalopram is an antidepressant, and belongs to the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In patients with any type of depression disorder, the chemicals in the brain become imbalanced. These chemicals are important to the workings of emotion and behavioural patterns. If an imbalance in these chemicals occurs, then this can cause emotional instability and issues, which can cause illnesses like depression and anxiety. In patients with depression, they may experience symptoms such as agitation and irritability, panic attacks, insomnia, hostility, unusual behaviour and thought patterns, suicidal tendencies, delusions and in some cases hallucinations (including visual and audible hallucinations). According to mentalhealth.org.uk, 1 in 4 people experience depression of some description in their lifetime, so drugs like Celexa to help control behaviour and emotions are very important to ensure that patients can live a more normal lifestyle.
Celexa Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Celexa including sleep problems (insomnia) drowsiness, fatigue, mild nausea, gas, upset stomach, weight changes, changes in urination frequency, decrease in libido, impotence, dry/watering mouth, yawning and cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing etc). More serious side effects may include stiff/rigid muscles, high fever, sweating, fatigue, overactive reflexes, headache, trouble concentrating, fainting, seizures, shallow breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and loss of appetite. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Celexa to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Celexa comes in tablet form in doses of 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and 40mg. You should swallow Celexa whole with a glass of water. Do not break, crush or chew Celexa as this may cause too much of the drug to be released at once which can cause undesirable effects. Celexa should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Celexa, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizures, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, a history of drug abuse or a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Celexa, including MAOIs, carbamazepine, cimetidine, lithium, blood thinners, any other antidepressant drugs, almotriptan, frovatriptan, sumatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan and zolmitriptan. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Celexa may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. As with most antidepressant drugs, for the first few weeks of taking the drug the risk of suicidal thoughts or tendencies is increased. If you have suicidal thoughts or feelings while taking Celexa you must consult the doctor immediately.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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