Celexa is an antidepressant prescription drug. It belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI group of drugs. It contains Citalopram as its main active ingredient. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain, which are responsible for maintaining a balance in brain. Due to these chemicals the balance in brain gets disturbed and thus depression is caused. Celexa contains copolyvidone, cornstarch, crosscarmellose sodium, glycerin, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide and iron oxides as inactive ingredients.

Uses of Celexa

Celexa is an oral medicine and comes in tablet form. It comes in 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg tablet doses. It is used for treatment of depression. Doctors also prescribe it for treatment of depression related conditions.

Precautions before taking  Celexa

Patients must take following precautions before using Celexa to avoid any serious side effects:

  • Patients allergic to Citalopram or any other ingredient in Celexa should not use this drug.
  • Patients should consult their doctor about their allergies and medical history with their doctor before taking Celexa, as it may worsen certain medical conditions.
  • Patients must tell their doctor about any medicine that is being taken, before starting Celexa. They should also consult their doctor before starting any other medicine, while using Celexa. Celexa can cause many health complications by interacting with certain medicine.
  • Patients with personal or family history of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar or manic-depressive disorder should ask their doctor before using Celexa.
  • Patients with personal or family history of suicide attempts should also consult their doctor before using Celexa.
  • Patient should consult their doctor before using Celexa if they have any bleeding problems, liver disease, epilepsy, seizures, severe kidney disease, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, heart attack, history of drug addiction, history of suicidal thoughts, stomach bleeding, dehydration or low sodium in the blood.
  • Patients using Celexa should avoid activities which require high mental alacrity, as this drug may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Patients should avoid alcohol, while using Celexa as it may worsen their condition.
  • Elderly patients using Celexa need to be more alert, as they are more prone to side effects of this drug. They should immediately call their doctor if they detect any unusual symptoms.
  • Pregnant mothers or who are about to conceive should not use this drug as it may harm the unborn baby. Pregnant patients who use this medicine in last trimester of pregnancy may cause their baby to suffer from feeding difficulties, shortness of breath, seizures, muscle stiffness, or constant crying.
  • Feeding patients should avoid this medicine as it could easily pass into breast milk and harm the infant.
  • Patients should not stop this medicine without consulting the doctor.
  • Some patients may develop suicidal thought, while using Celexa. Thus patients using Celexa should be under regular medical check-up for at least twelve weeks of treatment. Patients under 24 years of age are more likely to develop this side effect.
  • It should not be taken with any Monoamine Oxide Inhibitor or MAOI drug. There must be at least a gap of 14 days between use of Celexa and any MAOI drug.

Patients may develop mood or behavioral changes, while using this drug, thus their family and caregivers should be alert during the treatment. They should report any unusual symptom to the doctor.

If a patient develops any anxiety, panic attacks, disturbed sleep, impulsiveness, irritability, agitation, hyperactivity or restlessness while using Celexa, it is advisable to immediately call the doctor. Patients should seek medical help if they feel more depressed or develop thoughts of hurting themselves or suicide.

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