Celexa

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    Brand Name:Celexa
    Generic:Citalopram Hydrobromide
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1998-07-17 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Forest Laboratories
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets and Oral Solutions
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2005/020822s29lbl.pdf

About Celexa

Celexa is in a class of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Celexa tablets and oral solution are used to treat depression.

Side Effects of Celexa

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with triptan medicines.
  • Infant persistent pulmonary hypertension.
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions:Persons taking Celexa may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when Celexa is first started or he dose is changed. People close to persons taking Celexa can help by paying attention to changes in user’s moods or actions. Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using Celexa talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are taking Celexa yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.
  • Stopping Celexa: Do not stop taking Celexa suddenly because you could get side effects. Your healthcare professional will slowly decrease your dose.
  • Bleeding problems: Celexa may cause bleeding problems, especially if taken with aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen), or other drugs that affect bleeding.
  • Mania: You may become unusually hyperactive, excitable or elated.
  • Seizures: You may experience a seizure (convulsion), even if you are not taking Celexa close in time with an MAOI.
  • Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant . In addition to the issue described in the alert, babies delivered to mothers taking Celexa late in pregnancy have developed problems, such as difficulty breathing and feeding.
  • Sexual problems: You may have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction), abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido (sexual desire).
  • Other side effects include dry mouth, nausea, and sleepiness.
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, especially liver or kidney disease. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed your baby.

Who Should Not Take Celexa

Never take Celexa if you are taking another drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking Celexa close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:

  • High body temperature
  • Coma
  • Seizures (convulsions)

MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxazid), and other brands.

Interactions with Celexa

  • Do not take Celexa with Lexapro (escitalopram), another drug used to treat depression, because they are very similar and you could get an overdose.
  • Celexa may interact with medicines other than the ones already mentioned in this information sheet. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.
  • If you plan to drink alcohol, talk to your healthcare professional.
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Recent Forum Posts on Celexa

Apathy/loss of emotions

Has anyone experienced while taking Celexa apathy and loss of emotions. My husband has been on Celexa for over a year and he has lost compassion and emotions of sadness or sympathy. He had originally started taking the medication for not being able to control his emotions, and wanting to cry. Has this drug changed him forever. He is able to laugh and laughs at inappropriate times.


Help!

:eek: I had been on citalopram 20mg for about 7 months, I weened myself off by taking 10mg for a week then stopped completely 5 days ago. I am nausious, very dizzy all the time , can hardly make it thru a day of work. How long does this withdrawl last??? This is worse then why I went on in the first place. Please i need answers...How long can I expect this to stay in my systyem??


Celexa is ruining my sex life

I started using Celexa about 10 months ago around the time I stopped abusing substances and alcohol. For a while everything was working fine then the doctor upped my dose from 20 to 40mgs and even then I was ok until recently I stopped being able to get a lasting erection. I can't have an orgasm if I can achieve an erection. At first it was fine because I was single and had multiple partners and just couldn't have an orgasm. Then slowly over time I lost all interest in sex. I feel like a whore turned into a monk. I know bad analogy but that's how it feels. In turn I have a doctors appointment next week but I can't wait that long. I have decided to cut the dosage back to 20 because I can deal with having a hard time to orgasm because it will happen eventually and some guys like it when I can last for hours. But not being able to last at all is another story. Now I have a partner he understands my reason for being on psyche meds and is well aware of their side effects but I can't run the risk of him looking elsewhere because of me not being able to perform. I'll just tell my doctor why I have to cut the dose he'll understand and this isn't my first rodeo cutting down meds. The vertigo will pass. Besides I have it anyway along with violent ringing in my ears that I know the meds are causing.....


Weight gain on celexa

I found when i started on celexa that i was extremely sensitive to sugars or coffee. Instead of taking 20-39 minutes to have a sugar crash. It woud happen immediately ... no buffer. I suspecttat this could bth cause of weight gain on the drug. I suggest changing your diet to eliminate sugar and most carbs.


Feels good to cry again

I stopped taking citalopram 1 week ago cold turkey after 60mg/day for three months. Today I cried again. It actually felt kinda good. I was watching the Teboing/Chemoing story on ESPN and had full on tears running down my cheeks. I think maybe we are supposed to let it out and not supress it with drugs. I have allways self medicated with alchohol and I need to quit it and deal with life. So I say. It may not sound manly but, Go ahaead and cry. As long as you are not going to hurt yourself then go ahead and feel your emotions. I think thats what they are there for. Have a great new year and God bless


blackouts with celexa and alchohol

I have been on citalopram for about four months now. 60mg day. I feel terrible I am trying to give it up cold turkey now (just three days so far) I have had terrible experiences whenever I have drank alchohol since being on this drug. The last was on Christmas day when I completely blacked out and carried on like a raging lunatic. Take my advice, DO NOT drink while on these meds. I don't know what to expect for withdrawal symptoms. I think that in just three days I am starting to get libido back I'll check back, wish you all a happy and healthy New Year


Off Celexa - raging libido

I discontinued Celexa on Tuesday Oct 11 after 15 years. I have come to believe the drug is evil. I calculated the duration of this drugs effect. Half life is 33 hours. That said, and given the milligrams I was taking, I am looking at 60 days before a full exit. They should warn patients that getting off this medication is very difficult and most patients will simply buckle under and resume their dose because they can't take it. My withdrawals continue to be horrible. 24/7 brain zaps, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, blah, blah, blah, and now a raging libido that's insatiable and keeps me up all night trying to satisfy myself. I have had no libido 15 years and almost immediately after stopping the last pill I am faced with raging desire. Needless to say I was online ordering "products" to help relieve the problem. Has anyone else had this situation and will it go back to normal? I realize most people would be thrilled with this situation but I am a bit concerned and wondering if it will level out.


Celexa withdrawal symptoms

Sure wish I'd known before now why I've been feeling so rotten the last 6 months while I've been tapering Celexa from 40 mg., trying to stop altogether. Severe, oppressive headache. Nausea. From overheated to chills to overheated. Light headed/dizzy with "blips" in my brain sometimes when I move my head or bend over. (Thank goodness those blips aren't the electric shock zaps that some people get.) Barely any energy or stamina. Blood pressure up and down -- when it was really low I almost didn't make it back from my walk; I was so cold and and weak. Very slowed cognitive function and sometimes confusion. Insomnia. I keep trying to take the last step from 5 mg to 0, but every time I go to 0, the symptoms get even worse. I just took 5 mg after 2 days without any -- was just so darned dizzy and weak and that's dangerous for me because I already have screwed up balance from multiple sclerosis. I'm angry that my psychiatrist never warned me this could happen when she first prescribed Celexa. Wasn't informed in the drug company's literature, either. What a nightmare.


scared as heck!!

:eek: Now since reading all of these posts about stopping Celexa, maybe I should just go and reup? I am so tired of being on this pill, but the side sound crazy. I have stopped an antidepressant before and delt with it but, yikes!! I have decided to stop Celexa anyway and I will put my syptoms on this forum so that others can understand what they will be in for!!


Celexa and Pain

Anyone use it pain? I have chronic facial pain and needed to go back on it for pain, not PTSD.


Celexa mess

I have been taking celexa for about 7 months. At first it worked wonders (I have dysthymia and panic disorder) but I'm hyper sensitive to medications and start feeling suicidal after a few months use. I take it in the morning and there is relief throughout the day but a gnawing feeling of underlying scattered thinking. I have tried many medications and have found celexa to be a god send most of the time. I tried weaning myself off, as I was saying it was causing uncomfortable side effects and horrible insomnia, but did it too quickly. I tapered off over about 2 weeks, did well, I felt nauseas, vertigo, uncomfortable in my own skin. The worst part was when it was completely out of my system and I had 'rebound depression'. I felt so much worse than my initial depression symptoms, my whole life became dark, bleak and pointless. I called into work twice for sick days, I had no desire to exist and felt that I was at the bottom of a black whole. Within days I had to go back on celexa to my disdain but once again it provided relief. It is important to ask yourself WHY you want to get off the meds. If it is a stigma, you don't like the thought of meds even tho they provide relief, you should probably stay on them. Unfortunately for myself the side effects on meds are unbearable. As well you must seek counseling in conjunction with medication. For me, I am extremely sensitive, personalize everything and have self defeating behaviors. Also, yes I understand that we have the tendency to blame the medical profession , doctors/psychiatrists, but did we not turn to them for drugs? And they don't know how the meds affect us, they've never tried them. There hopes (I like to think) is that whatever they prescribe us will help improve our quality of life.


Ugh, withdrawal effects--and thank you all!

Like so many people here, I was thrilled to stumble across this forum while searching effects I'm having from Celexa withdrawal (tapered to 40, then 30, then 20, then 10, then 5, now have been off for 4 days). I have GAD, major depression, and panic disorder and fixate on health worries as it is, so of course I was sure every out-of-nowhere panic attack, transient limb pain, episode of nausea, brain zap, "whooshing" episode, "sloshing" feeling inside my head, vision change, headache, and bout of dizziness was a brain tumor or neurological disorder. I was sure my irritiability and mood swings meant I was going insane, about to do something rash. I went from worrying to laughing with relief as I read comments here, because every sensation I've suffered is represented! I'm also happy to know that the half life of this drug is a week and that most people's symptoms start to taper off after that. Cheers to all you brave people who've been through it and came out the other side. I'll tell you, this is the first med that's given me really bad discontinuation. I was supposed to go off for a month or so to clear my system and decide on my next step. I was on fluoxetine and loved it for two and a half years, but looking back I realize I was basically a robot. Paxil did nothing for me, and Celexa was acceptable for depression but was no help at all for anxiety (my more serious problem). Anyone who's been on a similar cocktail have any suggestions for what to try next--or whether I should just go without and see what happens? When I had good insurance I would've asked my psychiatrist or therapist, but since my business switched providers no mental health care is covered. I'm stuck with an uninformed GP who's constantly peddling whatever drug the pharma reps pay her to sell--I barely get a word out about how I'm feeling before she's waving a RX tablet.


Celexa

I have been on celexa for a year and a half now and it has done wonders for me. I have suffered depression and anxiety all of my life and celexa 40 has really calmed me down and allowed me to cope with my fears and difficulties with patience and calm. Perhaps some of the folks going through anxiety and panic are not meant to come off the medication. This is something important to talk with a psychiatrist about. He has informed me that due to my upbringing and my history of depression I will always need an anti-depressant. I am okay with this as I am a better person on the medication. It os okay to be on medication if it helps.


Celexa

Celexa cause me to gain 50 lbs! I had memory loss and still don't have memory back. It was a mess.


Dramamine to reduce withdrawal brain spurts & Vertigo

I had a very tough time comming off Celexa just like the people here described, I suffered brain spurts and experienced a bout of severe Vertigo. I never had Vertigo before and it scared me and made me nausious for days.

I called the advice nurse (Kaiser) right away when I experienced Virtago and she recommended Dramamine, the OTC travel sickness drug. I took a pill a day for a week and I have experienced no more brain spurts and I am off the drug now!

Hope this helps for some, I am done with this drug forever.

Robert


side effects

If I had known when I was considering starting Celexa what I know now, I promise I will never recommend Psych drugs. I felt very depressed and had axiety maybe two days out of the month and I was ready to try to avoid those feelings. Now that I have been taking Celexa for 8 months, I still have days where I feel depressed and have anxiety but now it is more frequently and more intense. Now, I want to discontinue this drug and my doctor says no. I decided to do a little experimenting of my own, I mean, I could handle any funny side effects if I am expecting them. I lower the dose by at least half per day and waited 5 days...I felt nervous, my thought process was very slow, my vision seemed effected, I was angry then fine periodically through the day and for some reason my jaws were clinched shut. Today I took the normal dose again because I was so "off" that it was effecting my work. Now, I feel trapped...so to speak. I wish I had never started because now I have a whole new set of concerns.

A Sincere Christian,
Kristi


getting off celexa

I too have gone off celexa cold turkey 20 days ago. It has been quit a trip to say the least. The first two days I experienced stomach aches and dizzyness. The next five days I experienced electrical shocks going from my left temple to the middle of my forehead. The next four days I experienced cluster shocks in the back of my head. The next four days I experienced high blood pressure and headaches.

Today I am experiencing dizzyness and a headach on the left side of my head while at work. I am glad that I do not have much work today, for I am having a difficult time concentratinga and I feel really tired and dizzy. I have also felt panicky and have thought about calling a doctor, but I have done this before and all they do is put you back on celexa or something else. I well stick with the plan of going off of celexa. It has been 20 days now.

Does anyone know how many days that it will take me to completly get off of celexa. I was taking the medicine for the past 5 years with 20 mg per cay?

thanks

Peace


getting off celexa

I too have gone off celexa cold turkey 20 days ago. It has been quit a trip to say the least. The first two days I experienced stomach aches and dizzyness. The next five days I experienced electrical shocks going from my left temple to the middle of my forehead. The next four days I experienced cluster shocks in the back of my head. The next four days I experienced high blood pressure and headaches.

Today I am experiencing dizzyness and a headach on the left side of my head while at work. I am glad that I do not have much work today, for I am having a difficult time concentratinga and I feel really tired and dizzy. I have also felt panicky and have thought about calling a doctor, but I have done this before and all they do is put you back on celexa or something else. I well stick with the plan of going off of celexa. It has been 20 days now.

Does anyone know how many days that it will take me to completly get off of celexa. I was taking the medicine for the past 5 years with 20 mg per cay?

thanks

Peace


Celexa

I was on celexa fo a little over a month 10 mg. My Dr. took me off about a week ago I feel so tired and week,was also on Risperdal 1/2 mg. since May 07 she had me stop that too,, how long will the yucky week tired feelings last. she said since they were low doses I should be fine. Im stressing over not taking them,,I hate meds like this.Feel free to email me with comments if thats allowed


celexa

Bonjour ,Je prend présentement ce médicament suis a l annonce d un cancer .......le médicament semble bien fonctionné dans mon cas , aucun symptome ne semble apparaitre je prend 30 mg... chaque jours merci pour votre site et bravo p.s , continuez


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