Celexa contains the active drug citalopram, which is a kind of antidepressant. It is sold in the U.S. market. It is used to treat depression in adults i.e. a type of mood disorder in which you have feelings of sadness and can lose interest in things. Celexa 40 mg is also a prescription medicine used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety and panic disorder, Psychosis, and Depressive Features.
Mechanism Of Action:
The mechanism of action of Celexa 40 mg results from its inhibition of CNS neuronal reuptake of serotonin (5-HT) Label. The molecular target for citalopram is the serotonin transporter, inhibiting its serotonin reuptake in the synaptic cleft.
Celexa 40 mg works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the Central Nervous System and brain. It helps maintain mental balance and improves your mood, relieves anxiety, relieves tension, and helps you sleep at night. You may feel fewer side effects than other antidepressants.
Celexa Dosage Forms:
This medicine is available in the following dosage forms with different strengths. Such as
- Celexa Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, and 60 mg.
- Celelexa Solution: 10mg/5ml
- Celexa Capsule: 30mg
Celexa 40 mg is available in tablet and solution forms that take regularly 4-6 weeks to get a better result.
Before Taking Celexa 40 mg Tab:
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to any ingredients of Celexa. Do not use Celexa 40 mg within 2 weeks before or after using an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine. It may occur a dangerous drug interaction.
To make sure Celexa 40 mg is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Long QT syndrome (in you or a family member);
- Bleeding problems
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Sexual problems;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma
- Liver or kidney disease;
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
Tell your doctor freely if you also use stimulant medicine, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Interaction with this medication could cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
How To Use Celexa 40 mg:
Read the Medication Guide carefully. Take this medication with or without food as directed by your doctor.
Generally, you should use it once daily in the morning or evening. The doctor advises you on the dose of the medication based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, laboratory tests, and other medications you may be taking. It is most important that tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start taking this drug at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. You should never increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Always follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Celexa 40 mg Side Effects:
As with any drug, Celexa 40 mg can cause side effects in those who take it. Each person’s side effects vary from each other according to the health condition and medical response. Here are some of the more common side effects associated with Celexa 40 mg:
Some Common Side Effects are such as:
- Sweating, including hot flashes
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Stomach aches
- Difficulties sleeping
- Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods)
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulties ejaculating or impotence
- Changes in appetite
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Joint or muscle aches
- Weight loss or weight gain
These side effects may disappear after a few days or weeks for most people. If it will stay in the body for a long then do not be afraid, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to advise you about how to handle any unwelcome side effects.
- Some Severe Side Effects of the patient after consuming Celexa 40 mg are as such following: Impotence
- Urination problems
- Dark urine
- Painful or difficult urination
- Chest pain
- Unusual Behaviour
- Stomach upset
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- trouble breathing
- Stomach pain
Go to a medical check-up in case you feel any severe side effects.
Celexa 40 mg Missed Dose:
You should take this medication carefully without discontinuing it. Do not forget to take medicine frequently. If you forget accidentally to take a dose as much as possible on the same day. You should skip the dose if it is the next day and take it as usual. Do not take double doses to make over the forgotten dose.
Celexa 40 mg Overdose:
You can feel serious indications like agitation, flushing, vomiting, sweating, confusion, twitching of muscles, unconsciousness, seizures, hallucinations, etc. after taking an overdose of medicine. If someone has consumed an overdose, go to your doctor immediately after indications of severe symptoms.
Addiction To Celexa 40 mg:
Most medications develop an addiction after using for a long time. You may also develop psychological addiction after taking Celexa 40 mg for a long. Because it increases dopamine and serotonin in the brain can occur when you take Celexa for a long. It leads to a psychological addiction that has physical addiction symptoms.
Some common addiction symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Chronic itchiness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Relational problems
- Trembling or shakiness of the body
- Disorder in menstrual cycle for women
- Painful headaches
- Muscles ache
- Neglect his responsibilities like work, school, family
Withdrawal To Medication:
You should never stop Celexa 40 mg without consulting your doctor. You may feel the medication withdrawal after a week of giving it up. It causes severe symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, headache, sweating, high or low mood, restlessness, changes in sleep habits, nausea, dizziness, shaking, or confusion.
Consult your doctor on how to reduce the dose with fewer side effects.
Interactions Of Celexa 40 mg:
Before taking any new medicine, prescription or non-prescription discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist. It may include food supplements and herbal products.
You should not use Celexa 40 mg with other medications, such as Buspirone, Fentanyl, Duragesic, Lithium, Methylene blue injection, Tryptophan, pain or migraine medicines (Rizatriptan, Sumatriptan, Tramadol, Lortab, Methadone, Norco, Opana ER, Percocet, Roxycodone, Frova, Imitrex, Ultram, Zomig), Heart medicine and Blood Pressure medicine, ADHD pills such as Adderall, Concerta, Evekeo, and Dexedrine.
You should tell your doctor about your current health conditions as well as the previous medical history of you and your family before prescribing this medicine to you.
- Keep Celexa 40 mg in a tight air container at a safe place where your children and pets can not reach.
- This medicine should store at room temperature with avoiding excess heat and moisture.
- Do not drink alcohol-related drinks while taking this medicine.
- Driving a motorcycle or any vehicle is prohibited during taking Celexa 40 mg.
- You should not do any heavy work after taking it.
- Take a rest after consuming Celexa 40 mg.
- You should not use it in larger or smaller amounts longer than recommended.
- Without consulting your doctor, you should not stop taking Celexa 40 mg, even if you feel better.
Warnings For This Group:
Pregnancy: If you plan on becoming pregnant, or pregnant discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Celexa 40 mg.
Nursing: If the woman takes this medication during the lactating stage, it is dangerous to you and the baby. You should consult your doctor before using this medication.
Children: You should never give your children less than the age of 18 years without consulting your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Celexa 40 mg a narcotic?
No, Celexa 40 mg isn’t a narcotic substance. It’s also not in the class of benzodiazepine drugs. This medication is called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is used to treat depression by regulating the serotonin in the brain.
Are Xanax and Celexa 40 mg the same at work?
Both the medicine Celexa and Xanax are working for the treatment of less anxiety and lower depression. But Celexa and Xanax belong to different drug classes. Celexa is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) type antidepressant, Xanax belongs to a group of medications i.e. Alprazolam, a Benzodiazepine.
Does Celexa 40 mg cause weight gain?
Any medicine containing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are used to treat anxiety or depression. It can lead to weight gain or weight loss. This includes citalopram, which can cause either side effect. However, depending on the person, it’s also possible that Celexa 40 mg will cause no changes in weight at all.
But such medicines can increase or decrease your appetite and affect your metabolism. Therefore, it’s not that Celexa 40 mg itself will cause you to gain or lose weight, but it may cause you to feel hungry more or less often and affect how much you eat.