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Celexa: What is it good for? 

Celexa: Why is it prescribed? 

celexa  CITALOPRAM Celexa (citalopram) is used to treat major depression, which is a very low mood that usually persists every day for at least two weeks and interferes with activities of daily living. The depression symptoms which Celexa may help with include loss of interest in your usual activities, insomnia or excessive sleeping, a change in weight or appetite, constant fidgeting or a slowdown in movement, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and repeated thoughts of suicide. 

Celexa is very similar to other antidepressant medications such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, which are thought to work by boosting the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin is one of the nervous system’s primary neurotransmitter’s (or chemical messengers) and is known to elevate mood. 

Some important facts about Celexa: 

You should be very careful to avoid taking Celexa for two weeks before or after using an antidepressant known as an MAO inhibitor.  Medications in this category include Marplan, Nardil and Parnate.  Combining Celexa with these antidepressant medications could lead to a serious or even fatal reaction. 

 

Celexa: How should you take this medication? 

You should take Celexa once a day, in the morning or evening with or without food.  Although your depression may begin to feel better within one to four weeks, you should continue taking Celexa regularly until your doctor tells you to stop.  It usually takes several months for the medication to yield its maximum benefits.

If you miss a dose… 

If you miss a dose of Celexa you should take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one that you missed and go back to your regular schedule.  Do not take two doses at the same time. 

Storage instructions… 

You should store selects a room temperature.

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

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