Celexa is from a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They are antidepressants often prescribed to people with anxiety, mood swings, and depression. It works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a naturally occurring substance in the brain. It is a neurotransmitter via which the brain communicates with the body and sends and receives signals.
The medicine is available in tablet and solution form. People suffering from bipolar disorder who use this medicine are at risk of a manic episode if they don’t take a mood stabilizer with Celexa.
Common Side Effects:
The common side effects experienced upon the use of the medicine include the following:
- Menstrual changes
- Blurred vision
- Skin rash or itching
- Trouble breathing
- Lack of emotion
- Loss of memory
- Increase in frequency or amount of urination
This list does not mention all side effects. For complete information, read the medical guide the medicine comes with or ask your doctor.
Rare Side Effects:
The list includes few of the rare side effects of the medicine. If you experience one or more, go straight to your doctor or the ER for treatment.
- Behavior change similar to drunkenness
- Back or leg pain
- Convulsions (seizures)
- Difficulty with concentrating
- Dizziness or fainting
- Painful or prolonged erection of the penis
- Bleeding gums
- Black, tarry stools
- Breast tenderness or enlargement or unusual secretion of milk (in females)
- Swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
- Increased hunger
- Acting or talking with uncontrolled excitement
- Trouble with holding or releasing urine
- Increased thirst
- Pale skin
- Muscle twitching or jerking
- Muscle cramps or spasms
- Sudden facial or body movements or postures
- Trembling, shaking, or twitching
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Muscle tightness
How to use:
Read the complete medical guide before using the medicine and go to your doctor or pharmacist for queries. This medicine is typically prescribed to be taken once daily, in the morning or evening, with or without food.
The medicine is available as an oral solution and a regular tablet in many strengths. Make sure you tell your doctor about any other medicines, especially antidepressants, you are taking any with this drug. The dose of the medicine varies depending on the individual’s age, response to treatment and medical history.
Your doctor may start the medical treatment with a lower dose and increase it with time as he monitors your response to the drug and watches out for any allergies or side effects. Take this medicine regularly for best results and try to take it daily around the same time to diminish the risk of forgetting to take it.
Do not take less or more dose than prescribed as it may lead to unwanted side effects. Even if you start feeling better, do not cease the use of the medicine without the doctor’s advice as the condition may worsen if the drug use is abruptly stopped. Reduce the dose gradually and then eventually stop to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as sleep changes, headache, fatigue and feeling similar to an electric shock.
It may take a month to see significant results so, ensure to use it regularly. In case your situation does not improve, directly go to the doctor.
Blurry vision, dry mouth, loss of appetite, sweating and sleepiness may occur upon the use of the medicine. If they persist for too long, get in touch with your doctor.
Serious allergic reaction to this medicine is not common; however, if you do experience it then tell your doctor and get medical help. The drug could cause very long and painful erections. If that happens and persists, stop the use of the medicine.