Without a Prescription
Celexa is a popular medicine that is known to belong to a wide class of medicines that are generally known under the name of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Celexa is able to affect some of the substances that can be found in the patient's brain, and that are known to sometimes become unbalanced (thus, a depression is initiated).
Celexa is a medicine that is primarily prescribed in the treatment of patients who are suffering from depression. However, Celexa can also serve some other purposes (treat or prevent some other medical conditions) that have not been listed in this guide.
A treatment with Celexa is not recommended in the case of patients who are suffering from the following medical conditions:
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Suicidal thoughts;
Patients who are suffering from any of the medical disorders that have been listed here might not be allowed to start taking Celexa, or they should be prescribed a lower dose of Celexa. Their personal healthcare provider should closely monitor the patients' treatment with Celexa.
You should avoid starting a treatment with Celexa if you have recently taken monoamine oxidase inhibitor like these medicines:
- Isocarboxazid or marplan;
- Phenelzine or nardil;
- Tranylcypromine or parnate;
Celexa is a category C FDA pregnancy medicine. Therefore, it has not been clearly determined whether a treatment with Celexa during pregnancy could harm a growing fetus or not. If you are pregnant, or if you suspect that you might become pregnant soon, you should ask your personal physician if it is safe (both for you and for the unborn child) to start a treatment with Celexa.
It has been clearly established that Celexa's main ingredients are able to pass into the nursing mother's breast milk. If you are currently breastfeeding a child, you must not start using Celexa without first consulting it with your personal doctor.
Ask your doctor to tell you how, when and how much Celexa you should take in on a regular basis. You must take Celexa exactly how your personal doctor has told you to. If you do not understand some of your personal physician's instructions, you should ask a pharmacist, a nurse or a physician. You should also carefully read the set of instructions from your medicine's label. You must try to avoid taking double doses of Celexa without your personal physician's consent. You should accompany each dose of Celexa with a full glass of water (8 ounces of liquid), with food or milk (in order to avoid stomach upset). You must not stop your treatment with Celexa without your physician's approval, as this might trigger some unwanted side effects.
Ask your personal physician to tell you the correct dose of Celexa that you should take in (the one that suits your medical condition best). The correct dosage is known to sometimes vary from one patient to another, as it depends on a variety of like the severity of the patient's medical condition, sex, age, etc. You must not make any adjustments to the dose that you have been prescribed by your personal healthcare provider without his or her approval.
If you suspect that you are suffering from an overdose with Celexa, you are probably in need of emergency medical attention / care. Therefore, you should alert your local poison control center as soon as you can (if it is possible, you should take your drug container with you). Inform your personal physician of this. The average Celexa overdose symptoms are:
- A fast heartbeat;
In order to get the best results from you treatment with Celexa, you must try to take Celexa (the prescribed doses of Celexa) on a regular basis (at the same time each day). However, if you happen to forget to take one of your scheduled doses, you should take it as soon as you recall (then try to evenly space the rest of the day in order to take the rest of your prescribed doses of equal time intervals). If it is time for another dose, you should skip the one that you have missed.
A treatment with Celexa is known to sometimes trigger some the following severe allergic reactions and side effects:
- An irregular pulse or heartbeat;
- Chills or fever;
- Closing of the throat;
- Difficulty breathing;
- High blood pressure;
- Low blood pressure;
- Swelling of the face, lips or tongue;
If you are experiencing any of these severe allergic reactions and side effects you must stop taking Celexa. Alert your personal physician as soon as possible. A prolonged treatment with Celexa is also known to sometimes trigger other less severe but more common side effects which might include:
- Nausea, dry mouth, diarrhea;
- Insomnia or sleepiness;
- Impotence, decreased sex drive, or difficulty having an orgasm;
- Headache, nervousness, tremor, or anxiety;
- Changes in weight or appetite;
If you are experiencing any of the side effects that have been listed here, you may continue using Celexa. You should alert your personal physician at once. There are other side effects that have not been mentioned here, but that might occur. Please inform you doctor of anything unusual that might be linked to your treatment with Celexa.
Avoid using the following drugs while you are treated with Celexa:
- A migraine drug;
- A seizure drug;
- A stomach drug;
- An antibiotic;
- An antifungal drug;
- Asthma medicines such as zafirlukast;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Celexa may also be known as: