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Celexa is a popular antidepressant drug belonging to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The generic name of this drug is Citalopram. The chemicals which may become unbalanced and cause depression are affected by this generic drug. It is generally orally administered. The oral solution of this drug contains Citalopram HBr which is equivalent to 2 mg/mL Citalopram base. This drug also contains a few inactive ingredients such as sorbitol, purified water, natural peppermint flavor, propylene glycol, methylparaben and propylparaben.
There are some side effects of administering Celexa. These are mood or behavior changes, restlessness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, or if you feel agitated, impulsive, irritable, hostile, aggressive, hyperactive (physically or mentally), more depressed, or have thoughts about hurting yourself or suicide. It is listed as an FDA pregnancy category C drug.
It is also not advisable to take Celexa if you are using MAO inhibitors like isocarboxazid (Marplan), urazolidone (Furoxone), phenelzine (Nardil), Emsam, rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Patient may face serious problems in such cases as the chemicals of these inhibitors upon reacting with Celexa may affect the patient’s health. You must inform the doctor if you having liver or kidney disease, bipolar disorder, seizures or epilepsy, suicidal thoughts or any other drug related problems.
Celexa is generally administered daily at an initial dose of 20 mg once. This dosage is increased to a maximum dose of 40 mg per day. But it should be carefully noted that the increase should not occur at intervals less than one week. Because of the risks of QT prolongation, doses above 40 mg/day are not usually recommended by doctors. The patient usually starts to feel better after four weeks or longer. Additionally, the patients should not stop using Celexa without first consulting to their doctor.