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Celexa side effects, benefits and withdrawal symptoms

What is Celexa and what does it do?

Front Image - celexa (CITALOPRAM HYDROBROMIDE)Celexa is the newest antidepressant to be approved by the FDA. It falls within the psychiatric drug classification of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI‘s), which has the effect of increasing the level of the neurotransmitter, serotonin in the brain. It is quite unique among the SSRI medications, in that it is the most selectively acting on the serotonin level and on the specific serotonin neurons, of all of the SSRI’s. In addition to its use in reducing depression, it has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and anxiety disorders. However, these uses have not received FDA approval as of yet.

Celexa side-effects:

Celexa has generally been found to be well-tolerated and quite safe. There is usually no weight gain associated with the use of Celexa. The most common side-effect seems to be nausea when some patients first begin taking the medication. Sexual problems have been reported as a relatively common side-effect related to male patients. Other possible side effects include dry mouth, sleepiness and an increase in sweating. It is generally more sedating than Prozac and Zoloft and less sedating than Paxil. Celexa is reported to have a generally favorable drug interaction profile, which allows it to be used in combination with a number of other psychotropic medications.


General Precautions:

You should not take Celexa if you are currently taking certain other antidepressant medications in the group referred to as MAO inhibitors such as phenelzine and tranylcypromine. Also you should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how you will react to Celexa. Drinking alcohol is not recommended while being treated with this medication. If you currently have a history of mania, seizures, liver disease and severe kidney problems, Celexa may not be right for you. Special precautions also need to be taken if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant or breast-feeding.

Celexa Withdrawal:

Celexa has not received the negative publicity that other SSRI’s have received concerning the high level of agitation, violent reactions and suicidal behavior that some have experienced while taking or discontinuing the drug. However, discontinuation of any SSRI including Celexa, can cause severe adverse symptoms and should be done slowly and under the care of a licensed physician. Celexa is a longer acting SSRI than Paxil and Luvox, and therefore carries only a moderate risk of discontinuation symptoms because it leaves the body much more gradually.

Online Purchase of Celexa:

It is the position and the firm recommendation by this web-site, that Celexa and all prescription medications be purchased and utilized only under the supervision of a licensed physician with a valid prescription. Medications have effects and side-effects which make them very dangerous and sometimes fatal, when self-medicating by individuals lacking medical education and training.

Information provided by The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition

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