Understanding Citalopram And Its Side Effects

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When it comes to depression, no matter what medicine you take, it is imperative that it will cause you some side effects. There are a lot of medicines that you can easily find for depression that acts fast, provide instant results however, there is no guarantee that they will give you permanent relief and also most of them cause side effects. One such popular medicine for depression is citalopram and it’s sold with the name of Celax. It is a well known antidepressant medication which is also used to deal with anxiety. If you are one of those using citalopram, you need to make sure that you keep this medication out of the reach of adolescents and young adults because this medication is prohibited for use of children.  Though this medication is quite popular among its users, but like every other medication it also comes with its side effects. Some of the common citalopram side effects is delayed orgasm which is usually seen more in women however, it cause side effects to men as well.  There are some other side effects such as nausea, weight gain, poor sex drive or libido, fatigue, difficulty sleeping or excess sleepiness, and increased sweating or yawning, these are some of the common side effects of the medication. On the other hand, some of the serious citalopram side effects include sucidality which is considered as serious among people up to 25 years of age. Few other side effects include deterioration of depression, serotonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome and extrapyramidal symptoms. Other side effects of the medication includes-  

  1. Suicidal thoughts or behavior (see Celexa and Suicide)

  2. Anxiety, agitation, or panic attacks

  3. Hostility or aggressiveness

  4. Engaging in unusual or dangerous activities

  5. Restlessness or inability to sit still

  6. Extreme elation or feeling of happiness that may switch back and forth with a depressed or sad mood

  7. Other unusual changes in behavior

  8. Chest palpitations

  9. Difficulty sleeping

According to various researches, it has been identified that Celexa is no longer recommended by FDA. Also, it has been said that patients who are already taking Celexa should stop its usage but they should not do it without talking to a health care professional. Celexa is an antidepressant drug that is known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors which works by increasing the quantity of serotonin in the brain. In some recent researches, it has also been proved that the drug can be very risky and can cause birth defects. Consulting a doctor is important before leaving the drug to avoid the risks of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) discontinuation syndrome.  All the drugs that fall under the category of SSRI have the same side effects as citalopram. It is not important that everyone will experience the side effects of this medication as it depends on various factors and there are a lot of chances that most of the people will be able to easily tolerate them. In case you come across you some common side effects, you can always seek help of health care provider.

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