Citalopram

Strength(s): 10 mg ; 20 mg ; 40 mg

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Description

Citalopram medication is an antidepressant drug used to relieve depression. It is generically known as citalopram hydrobromide (Celexa). Citalopram belongs to a group of chemicals called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Citalopram is used to treat anxiety, panic disorder and depression. Citalopram may also help other medical purposes not listed in most medication guides.

Mode of action

Citalopram 20mg is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Citalopram medication contains a chemical structure which is not similar to that of most SSRIs drugs or tricyclic, tetracyclic, or cheap available antidepressant agents. Citalopram works for persons suffering from alcoholism or ones recovering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

It reduces depression and panic by restoring the balance of a substance called serotonin. During stress, anxiety and depression serotonin is produced by the body. Citalopram inhibits the uptake of this naturally produced chemical by the body cells in the brain. Later the chemical is slowly let from the body after being broken down in the blood liver.

Uses

Citalopram 20mg is used to treat conditions such as:

  • Panic disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric syndrome (PMDD)
  • Depression
  • Hot flashes (Common during menopause)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

How to use Citalopram medication

Citalopram medication is a cheap drug available in almost any local pharmacy. Canadian individuals can order Citalopram 20mg online and achieve its therapeutic effects.

People using Citalopram 20mg should adhere to a strict doctor’s guidelines. The doctor will recommend the drug once daily. It should be taken one in the morning one in the evening.

The dosage, however, is not constant and can be adjusted depending on many factors such as tolerance and the health condition of the user. The doctor starts the drug usually at small doses and slightly adjusts the dosage accordingly.

Side effects

Citalopram medication does not have serious side effects. Just like any other drug, citalopram is bound to have some side effects. Users are advised to follow a prescription from a qualified health practitioner to avoid such adverse side effects. The side effects include Nausea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, tiredness, sweating and yawning. These effects are mostly mild but could cause fatal effects. Persons experiencing them should report to a physician immediately.

Citalopram drug interactions

Individuals with autoimmune drugs or allergy medications could experience excessive bleeding. Citalopram reacts adversely with antiplatelet drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and also blood thinners like as cladogram (Plavix).

Aspirin reacts adversely with Citalopram medication and may cause a lot of bleeding.

Individuals taking MAOI drugs such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline Eldepryl, linezolid (Zyvox), phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), Emsam or Zelapar should not use citalopram one week before or after their last dosage.

Precautions when using Citalopram medication

Individuals allergic to it could develop serious side effects. To reduce their fatality, persons who order Citalopram 20mg are advised to follow strict doctor’s guidelines regarding their usage. Individuals taking NSAID medication should let the physician know about them before beginning taking Citalopram drug. The doctor always weighs the benefit over the risk before prescribing any medication.