Celexa (Citalopram)

What is Celexa?

Celexa (Citalopram) is designed to cure depression. This medicine may also be prescribed by your health care provider for treating other conditions.


Celexa Information

It may take 4 weeks or longer before you notice a significant betterment.

Take Celexa orally with or without meal. Swallow with water.

Before you intend to use this generic drug to overcome depression, tell your physician if you are allergic to it or any other substance. Also tell the doctor about your medical history, especially heart ailments, blood pressure, liver and kidney diseases, any mental or mood problems and thyroid problems. Using this generic drug may make the patients feel dizzy and, hence, they should avoid driving or using machines. Also avoid taking alcoholic drinks while you are taking Celexa (Citalopram). This generic drug should not be used in children or teenagers owing to lack of proven effectiveness in treating depression in children. This generic drug should be used only when absolutely necessary during pregnancy. If this prescription drug is used during the last three months of pregnancy, the newborn may at times develop symptoms like feeding or breathing difficulties, seizures, jitteriness or constant crying.

Celexa Side Effects

Like other SSRIs, Celexa (Citalopram) also interacts with certain prescription drugs and, hence, this generic drug should not be used in combination with any of the mono-amine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor-class of anti-depressants. Using this generic drug with other medicines like Eldepryl, Matulane Marplan, Nardil and Parnate may result in high blood pressure, hyperactivity and tremor. Taking Tryptophan, a common dietary supplement, with this prescription drug may cause headaches, nausea, sweating, and dizziness. Before using Celexa (Citalopram), tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may be using, especially other anti-depressants, drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising and lithium. Aspirin is similar to NSAID drugs, and can increase the risk of bleeding in combination with this generic drug.

Do not drive, operate machinery or perform any activities, requiring high level of attention, before you find out your reaction to this medicine. Do not stand or sit up quickly to avoid dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcohol usage.

You should immediately contact a doctor in case you notice any signs of the following side effects: dizziness or lightheadedness; skin rash, itching (hives); anxiety, agitation, or restlessness, especially within the first week of the therapy or when doses are changed; confusion; fast talking and excited feelings; vomiting; uncontrolled actions; or suicidal thoughts.

health care provider if they become continuous or bothersome: dry mouth; indigestion, nausea; weight changes; difficulty sleeping; blurred vision; headache; diarrhea; sleepiness; fever; increased sweating; sexual difficulties (decreased sexual ability or desire); frequent urination; tremor (shaking); taste alterations; or changes in appetite.

Patients and their families should carefully watch out for worsening depression or thoughts of suicide. They should also consult a doctor in case of sudden or severe changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of antidepressant treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care specialist.

Inform your doctor about this therapy before receiving any medical care.