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Were there any recalls of Celexa or Lexapro (escitalopram) in 2014?

Were there any recalls of Celexa or Lexapro (escitalopram) in 2014?

Recalls: Can't find any. In 2011 -- Greenstone LLC recalled generic citalopram & generic finasteride because of a label switch. "The involved citalopram 10-milligram tablets in a 100-count bottle and finasteride 5-milligram tablets in a 90-count bottle. Both of the recalled medicines carry the lot number FI0510058-A " See: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=141344 ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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I have been prescribed 19 mil of celexa (citalopram) for extream anxiety. After reading the warnings, I am scared. Does it make everyone dizz I have asked my question

I have been prescribed 19 mil of celexa (citalopram) for extream anxiety. After reading the warnings, I am scared. Does it make everyone dizz I have asked my question

I've : I've probably rx'ed Celexa (citalopram) to something on the order of 3000 pts, over the course of my career, and honestly can't remember a single one who complained of dizziness. That doesn't mean it never happened, but only that it either wasn't severe enough for anyone to mention it, or if anyone did, it wasn't severe enough that it stuck in my memory. So in other words, from a clinical standpoint i would say that it is exeedingly rare. One other thing, though. Something is very fishy about that dosage. Celexa (citalopram) comes in 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg tablets, with an available liquid concentrate @ 10 mg/5 ml. I am at something of a loss as to why any clinician would actually prescribe a 19 mil dsg. Of that medication, except... There was an fda warning that came out a few months ago (actually on august 24th, as i seem to recall), which suggested that there was some evidence of (slightly) increased potential for cardiovascular issues in patients taking Celexa (citalopram) only at dosages above 40 mg / day. To be frank, i find it absurd to the point of being almost unbelievable that any physician would actually put a patient through the inconvenience, and possibly extra cost of dosing the medication @ 38 mg / day to avoid the 40 mg dosage (when there is no evidence whatsoever to support this mere gesture - because the 40 mg dosage was specifically mentioned by the researchers as not being associated with any increase in risk! frankly, if that were the case, and the physician didn't obtain an ekg to look for increased qtc intervals, i would want to know why do something which only (at best) creates the appearance of ultra conservative prescribing on one parameter, then ignore the availability of a simple test which could likely screen out patients who might actually be at potential risk?!? One final point is that Celexa (citalopram) should never be started at any initial dosage above 20 mg, because at higher doses, and sometimes even that one, many folks (particularly those with anxiety disorders) will experience a week or so of increased anxiety, while their body adjusts to being on the medication. If the dosage you stated is correct, then i would ge extremely interested to know what the rationale may have been. If you find out, please let us know. ...Read more

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Can align be taken with celexa (citalopram)?

Can align be taken with celexa (citalopram)?

Yes: In fact it can be very helpful for people who experience GI distress with ssri's like celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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Can I stop taking celexa (citalopram) after 9 years?

Yes.: Talk to your doc about how to do it and what to expect and if that is the right choice for you. ...Read more

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Can i stop taking celexa (citalopram) after 10+ years?

This would be a good: Question for your provider. If you have recurrent major depressive episodes then it may not be recommended that you stop antidepressants. If you have other conditions that are well controlled it may be a good idea. ...Read more

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What are the secondary effects of celexa (citalopram)?

Black box: The only antidepressant ssri that got black box warning about heart problems is celexa (citalopram). There is a recent wanring about Celexa (citalopram) causing some heart conduction problems for all ages, but I have yet to see one case. Not advised after 50. Otherwise is not known to cause significant or noticeable side effects. Must not take it if pregnant as the safety record is now not complete on ssri. ...Read more

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Hi, does grapefruit interfere with celexa (citalopram)?

Hi, does grapefruit interfere with celexa (citalopram)?

Yes, it can: Celexa (citalopram) (and some other medications) are broken down with the help of an enzyme called cyp3a4, whose activity can be blocked by grapefruit juice. So instead of being broken down, more Celexa (citalopram) enters your bloodstream and stays in your body longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

Celexa is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more