Celexa

Celexa is an antidepressant medication which is referred to as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may also be called Citalopram. Celexa works effectively for the treatment of depression.

Composition

Celexa which can only be seen in the tablet dosage form is produced in 20mg and 40mg. Celexa (Citalopram hydrobromide) is available only in a tablet dosage form. Celexa is made using the following ingredients:

  • Copolyvidone;
  • Corn starch;
  • Croscarmellose sodium;
  • Glycerin;
  • Lactose monohydrate;
  • Magnesium stearate;
  • Hypromellose;
  • Microcrystalline cellulose;
  • Polyethylene glycol;
  • Titanium dioxide.

Indication

Citalopram is a curative agent for the treatment of depression. There may be through the use of Celexa an increase in the level of energy and well-being feelings. Citalopram effectively works for the restoration of the normal state of serotonin in the brain.

Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment

You are advised to follow all instructions given by your doctor or the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor may change your medication at times for an effective result. Ensure you measure liquid drug by using any dose-measuring devices such as a spoon, syringe or medicine cup. Improvement may show up after 4weeks of incessant use of Citalopram.  Avoid a sudden withdrawal from Celexa use. This may lead to obnoxious signs. Seek the direction on how to do this from your doctor.

Precautions

  • Patients who are allergic Celexa should keep away from its use.
  • Avoid the use of Celexa after the use of an MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks.
  • Endeavor to get your doctor notified if you have:
    • Liver or kidney disease;
    • Seizures;
    • A bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
    • Narrow-angle glaucoma;
    • Epilepsy;
    • Heart problems;
    • Long QT syndrome;
    • An electrolyte imbalance;
    • Manic depression;
    • A history of suicidal thoughts or drug abuse.
  • Pregnant women should keep away from Citalopram as the side effects may be lung problems or birth defects.
  • Lactating mothers are advised to keep away from Celexa as it may have negative effects on a nursing baby.
  • Citalopram should not be used by children less than 18years old.

Side Effects

It is advisable to seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience symptoms of allergic reactions to Citalopram. These may be inflammation of your face tongue, throat or lips; hives, difficulty in breathing or skin rash. Notify your doctor if there is any case of deterioration or new development in the symptoms such as a panic attack, sleeping problem, changes in mood and behavior, anxiety, or feeling of depression, restlessness, hyperactivity, hostility, aggression, suicidal thoughts or hurting yourself, impulsion, irritation, and agitation.

The following are common side effects that call for urgent medical attention:

  • Memory or concentration problems;
  • Headache;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Increase in perspiration;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Tingling or numbness;
  • Increase in appetite;
  • Nausea;
  • Gas;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Feeling shaky;
  • Fast heartbeats;
  • Insomnia;
  • Tiredness;
  • Common cold signs;
  • Weight changes;
  • Orgasm problem.
  • Missed Dose

    In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.

    Overdose

    Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.

    Interaction with other drugs

    Ensure you seek your doctor’s direction before using any of the following:

    • Narcotic pain drug;
    • A sleeping pill;
    • Anxiety medicine;
    • Depression drugs;
    • Seizure drugs;
    • A muscle relaxer;
    • Prescription coughs medicine (the use of breath slowing medicines or sleeping pill with Celexa may lead to obnoxious side effect or death.

    Notify your doctor about the drugs you’ve used, those you are using and about your new medication. These are some of the drugs:

  • Cimetidine;
  • Lithium;
  • St. John’s Wort;
  • Tryptophan;
  • A blood thinner;
  • Heart medication;
  • A psychiatric disorder treatment drug;
  • Medicine for “triptan” migraine headache.