Celexa is the brand name of the antidepressant citalopram. Celexa, a prescription drug used to treat depression belongs to the class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Celexa acts by working on the chemicals the nerves in the brain uses in communicating with each other- the neurotransmitters. Apart from treating depression, Celexa is also used for; panic, anxiety and eating disorders, premenstrual dysphonic syndrome, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Celexa works by increasing serotonin levels which is lower in the brains of the depressed patients.

Celexa is available in tablet form of 10mg, 20mg and 40mg in white, orange, pink and peach flavors. It comes in liquid form, which can be taken orally. You take 20mg of Celexa for a start as prescribed by your doctor and as your body adjusts to the medication, your dosage is upped to 40mg. The full effect of Celexa is not noticed immediately, it may take up to four weeks. The medication should be continued even if you get well. Celexa can be taken both with a full stomach and empty stomach.

Celexa withdrawal?

Celexa should not be stopped suddenly. Speak to your doctor first and the doctor will reduce your dosage bit by bit to prevent you experiencing withdrawal symptoms; which includes tremor, nausea, suicidal thoughts and memory problems.

Celexa and alcohol?

Patients on Celexa medication should avoid drinking alcohol; alcohol increases some of the side effects of Celexa. Celexa vs. Lexapro? These two products are both anti-depressants, both belongs to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors used for treating depression. Studies show that Lexapro is generally effective and expensive than Celexa, however, Celexa is widely used and rated above Lexapro. Lexapro is approved for use by children, but Celexa should not be used by children. The two products are both used for treating depression, off-label to treat panic disorders.

Celexa Side Effect

Common side effects of Celexa include; nausea, dry mouth, loss of appetite, tiredness, impaired vision, sweating and drowsiness. These effects should be reported to your doctor. Seek immediate medical attention when you experience these severe effects:
fainting
irregular heartbeat
tremors
sudden bleeding
changes in sexual ability
seizures
black stools, and reduced sex drives.

In addition, these allergic reactions can occur and trouble breathing, rash, severe dizziness, itching- these reactions should be reported immediately to the doctor.

Warning; people on these medications should not take Celexa; antiplatelet drugs like Plavix, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and blood thinners. These medications cause bleeding and should not be used with Celexa.

Do not use medications that contain escitalopram with Celexa. Inform your doctor beforehand about all prescription, over the counter, recreational drugs, herbal remedies, supplements you are taking before administering Celexa.