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how does citalopram work

A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Chemical balance: Celexa is a brand name for citalopram which is a member of the ssri (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) class. They work by decreasing the absorp ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evaristo Badiola
46 years experience Psychiatry
Not necessarily.: Studies have shown that 40 mg of citalopram is as good as 60 mg. Always go for the lowest effective dose.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Adler
48 years experience Psychiatry
Weeks: Citalopram can take several weeks to work, it also depends on proper dosing.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Celexa (citalopram): Onset of action is not dose-related. It can take 4-6 weeks to see full antidepressant effect.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Citalopram: Like most antidepressants of the SSRI group it usually takes 4-67 weeks for it to be fully effective. Some of my patients notice effects as early as ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
33 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: My rule of thumb is, if zero response in 4 weeks, probably time to increase dose or change meds. If partial response, wait the full 6 wks and consider ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Yes: 20mg of celexa (citalopram) is a safe dose that we frequently prescribe to people to use once a day.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
SSRI: It's a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor which blocks the reuptake of serotonin & prevents its breakdown by monomine oxidase--a small percentage ... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
No, : Citalopram should be no problem. Happy new year!
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
56 years experience Psychiatry
2-6 wks. Therapy??: It can take 2-6 weeks for changes in the dosage of an SSRI such as Celexa (citalopram) to have the maximum effect. In many situations medication alon ... Read More

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