Depression is a serious mental condition which demands proper treatment. There are many effective and safe treatments for depression. Celexa (citalopram HBr) is an antidepressant medication from a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Celexa (citalopram HBr) is an orally administered highly selective SSRI with a different chemical structure unrelated than in SSRI. Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is produced in forms of tablets and oral solution.
Celexa medication is indicated to treat depression in adult and pediatric patients. Celexa mechanism of action is associated with increase in serotonergic activity in the central nervous system which is a result from serotonin inhibition of CNS neuronal reuptake of serotonin (5-HT).
Before using this medication it is important to consult your doctor. Remember that Celexa is absolutely contraindicated with pimozide (Orap), linezolid (Zyvox), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects. Inform your doctor if you use other medications including antidepressants such as Cymbalta, Desyrel, Effexor, Lexapro, Luvox, Oleptro, Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax, Paxil, Pexeva, Viibryd, or Zoloft.
It is important to tell your doctor if you have other serious or chronic conditions like:
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
- liver impairment;
- kidney disease;
- heart disease, heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder;
- a recent history of heart attack;
- personal or family history of Long QT syndrome;
- an electrolyte imbalance;
- bipolar disorder, manic depression or other mental disorders;
- a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Celexa may be harmful for an unborn baby and cause serious defects, so it is not allowed to use the medication during pregnancy.
Take Celexa as ordered by your doctor. Use the medication the full prescribed time. It may take more than a month before your symptoms improve.Take the medication in the dose prescribed for you, do not exceed your dose. Never change your dose by your own, never share your medication with others.
Celexa oral suspension is to be measure with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup.
When you start taking this medication be watchful for your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor.
Other medication may affect the way Celexa works, so it is advised to avoid certain medications and alcohol while being treated with Celexa. Ask your doctor for more information.
Celexa dose for the treatment of depression in adult patients: 20 mg orally once a day.
Celexa dose for the treatment of depression in geriatric patients: 20 mg per day
Celexa dose for the treatment of depression pediatric patients: in children up to 11 Years – 10 mg orally once daily. The dose may be increased slowly according to the response of the patient. In children from 12 to 18 years – 20 mg orally once a day. The dose may be increased from 20 to 40 mg per day.
Celexa may cause side effects. If any serious side effect occurs, get emergency medical help. Celexa side effects may include:
- nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, dry mouth;
- stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough;
- increased sweating or urination;
- weight changes;
- decreased libido, impotence, or problems with an orgasm achievement.
If any of the side effects bother you, call your doctor for consultation.