Celexa is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called SSRIs, and it means that doctors prescribe it to treat depression. Overall, this medicine works by boosting energy levels and feelings of well-being. Its intake helps users restore the right balance of serotonin in the brain. Celexa can also be prescribed to treat specific mental conditions, including hot flushes during menopause or panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
How to Use Celexa Properly
Patients need to take this medication orally, both with and without food, and most of them take regular doses once a day, either in the morning or in the evening. They are based on such important factors as lab tests, individual response to treatment, medical condition, age, etc. However, a maximum daily dose of Celexa shouldn’t exceed 40 mg. To avoid a risk of having side effects, most patients are advised to start taking this medicine at lower doses. Some medical conditions may become worse when this treatment is stopped suddenly, and users may end up with such unwanted symptoms as headaches, mood swings, sleeping changes, unusual tiredness and others. To prevent them, it’s advisable to stop taking Celexa gradually.
Unwanted Side Effects
Just like other drugs, Celexa may cause certain side effects, but most of them are mild and rare, including:
Unusual tiredness and dry mouth;
Nausea and loss of appetite;
Blurred vision and increased sweating;
Yawning and allergic reactions.
If any of them persist, you should call your physician immediately. Serious side effects are very rare, but if you experience any of them, you need to go to the hospital at once:
Changes in your sexual ability or reduced interest in sex;
Tremors and fainting;
Easy bleeding and bruising;
Black stools and severe vomiting;
Irregular and fast heartbeats;
Seizures and serotonin toxicity;
Severe dizziness and hallucinations;
Loss of coordination and twitching muscles;
Severe diarrhea and unexplained fever;
Unusual restlessness and agitation;
Prolonged and painful erections.
Precautions and Contraindications when Using Celexa
Before taking this medicine, you should tell doctors about any existing allergies and other important health conditions, such as seizures, liver problems, suicide attempts, bipolar or manic/depressive disorder, low sodium blood levels, intestinal ulcers, bleeding issues, stomach bleeding and some others. Celexa may make patients feel drowsy or result in blurred vision, so they aren’t allowed to drive or do similar things. They also need to avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages and taking any medications that may cause drug interactions. For example, it’s not advisable to mix Celexa with such meds as other drugs that cause bruising and bleeding, blood thinners, NSAIDs, aspirin, MAO inhibitors, pills that increase serotonin levels, street drugs, SSRIs, SNRIs, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, etc.