Celexa (citalopram)

Celexa (citalopram)

Celexa (citalopram)

Celexa is used for the treatment of depression. It is in the class of antidepressants called SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain by inhibiting the uptake of certain chemicals in the brain.

What is Celexa?


Celexa is an antidepressant from the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs. It primarily affects the neurotransmitter serotonin by decreasing its absorption, thus increasing serotonin levels in the body. This causes improved mood and a decrease in other symptoms of depression.

Uses of Celexa

Though Celexa is primarily used in treatment for depression, it has also been used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, anxiety disorder as well as panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is often prescribed for mood disorders and addiction in dual diagnosis drug rehab facilities, though it is not recommended for patients suffering from major depressive disorder. It has been used to treat alcohol abuse as it lowers the effect on brain receptors impacted by alcohol.

Celexa can worsen underlying heart conditions.

Side Effects of Celexa

Celexa may cause side effects. Notify your doctor if these side effects do not go away or are severe. Some less common but more serious side effects of Celexa use are:

  • Seeing or hearing things that do not exist (hallucinating)
  • Fever or excessive sweating
  • Confusion
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe muscle stiffness
  • Seizures
  • Increased depression or suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty urinating

Celexa Withdrawal Symptoms

Being slowly weaned off of Celexa will help reduce the likelihood of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of Celexa withdrawal are not life-threatening, but they can be uncomfortable. Celexa withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach pains
  • Body aches
  • Anxiety
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Nightmares

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