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Celexa Side Effects and Recommended Dosage

What Celexa side effects may occur? 

Celexa side effectsCelexa side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity you should inform your physician as soon as possible.  Only your doctor can determine if the Celexa side effects make it unsafe for you to continue taking this antidepressant medication. 

Celexa Side Effects: The more common side effects may include:

Abdominal pain, agitation, anxiety, diarrhea, drowsiness, dry mouth, ejaculation disorders, fatigue, impotence, indigestion, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, painful menstruation, respiration tract infection, sinus or nasal inflammation, sweating, tremor, or vomiting 

Celexa side effects: Less common side effects may include: 

Amnesia, attempted suicide, confusion, coughing, decreased sexual drive, depression, excessive urination, fever, gas, impaired concentration, increased appetite, increased salivation, itching, joint pain, lack of emotion, loss of menstruation, low blood pressure, migraine, muscle pain, rapid heartbeat, rash, skin tingling, taste disturbances, visual disturbances, weight gain, weight loss, or yawning 


Rare Celexa side effects may include: 

Abnormal dreams, acne, aggressive behavior, alcohol intolerance, angina (chest pain), arthritis, belching, bone pain, breast enlargement, breast pain, bronchitis, bruising, chills, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), decreased muscle movements, delusions, dermatitis, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, drug dependence, dry eyes, dry skin, eczema, emotional instability, excessive milk flow, excessive muscle tone, eye pain, fainting, feeling of well-being, flu-like symptoms, flushing, frequent urination, gum inflammation, hair loss, hallucinations, heart attack, heart failure, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, hives, hot flashes, inability to hold urine, inability to urinate completely, increased sex drive, increased urination, involuntary muscle movements, leg cramps, mouth sores, muscle weakness, nosebleeds, numbness, painful erection, painful urination, panic, paranoia, pneumonia, psoriasis, psychosis, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light, skin discoloration, slow heart beat, stomach and intestinal inflammation, stroke, swelling, teeth grinding, thirst, uncontrollable muscle movements, unsteady or abnormal walk, vaginal bleeding 

Celexa recommended dosage

The usual recommended starting dose is 20 mg once a day.  The dosage is usually increased to 40 mg once a day after at least a week has passed.  Do not exceed 40 mg per day.  For older adults and those with liver problems, the recommended dose of Celexa is 20 mg once a day. 

Celexa Overdosage:

Any medication taken in excess can have very serious consequences.  If you suspect an overdose of Celexa, seek medical attention immediately. 

Symptoms of a Celexa overdose may include:

Amnesia, bluish or purplish discoloration of the skin, coma, confusion, convulsions, dizziness, drowsiness, hyperventilation, nausea, rapid heart beat, sweating, tremor, or vomiting.

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

Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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