Celexa Side-Effects and
Celexa side effects, benefits and withdrawal symptoms
What is Celexa and what does it do?
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 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.
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 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
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.
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Additional information and webpage by
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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