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Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Overview)

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 also approved for adolescents.


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What is citalopram taken for?

What is citalopram taken for?

Celexa (citalopram): I agree with dr. Williamson, but also add that ssri's are used to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Overview)

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 also approved for adolescents.


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My doctor started me on citalopram 20mg almost 2 weeks ago for severe depression and i still feel exactly the same just less hungry. Any advice?

My doctor started me on citalopram 20mg almost 2 weeks ago for severe depression and i still feel exactly the same just less hungry. Any advice?

Give it more time.: Most people generally require at least 6 to 8 weeks on a particular anti-depressant before they really begin to get the full effects of the drug. If you've only been on it for two weeks, and you're not having any side effects, then i would keep taking it for at least another 4-6 weeks, if not longer. If you still don't see an effect, check w/your doctor about possibly increasing dose or switching. ...Read more

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Is it bettet to take citalopram in the morning or at night?

Morning: Most psychiatrists prescribe citalopram (and other ssri's like paroxetine, fluoxetine, s-citalopram, sertraline) in the morning, because ssri's can cause insomnia in many people. However, in some individuals, ssri's can cause tiredness, fatigue, or sleepiness, in which case you could take the citalopram at bedtime. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: citalopram?

Please describe the medication: citalopram?

SSRI antidepressant: 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 also approved for adolescents. ...Read more

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Why would my neurologist prescribe citalopram 20mg for headaches?Amitryptaline wasnt effective and reaction to topamax (topiramate). Headaches decreased, not gone.

Why would my neurologist prescribe citalopram 20mg for headaches?Amitryptaline wasnt effective and reaction to topamax (topiramate). Headaches decreased, not gone.

Pain and depression : Sometimes headaches may be a somatic or physical manifestation of depression or anxiety. In that case, antidepressants such as Celexa (citalopram) may help. Ssri's may cause side effects including headaches, so if you still continue to have symptoms see your physician. ...Read more

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Been prescribed citalopram alongside flupentixol. Are these ok to take together? Should I space out the time I take them?

Been prescribed citalopram alongside flupentixol. Are these ok to take together? Should I space out the time I take them?

OK: It is always best to ask your Doctor as he should know your full medical history and would not prescribe it if there were contra indications. This combination is not unusual, Citalopram for depression/anxiety, Flupentizol for Psychosis . Anytime you add a medication to another there could be more side effects, so you may want to take them at different times until you see how your body/mind reacts ...Read more

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Therapist told mom to take citalopram. Had heart angio and stents 2 months ago! uses plavix (clopidogrel) metaprolol and asprin! is it ok to use citalopram?Dosage?

Therapist told mom to take citalopram. Had heart angio and stents 2 months ago! uses plavix (clopidogrel) metaprolol and asprin! is it ok to use citalopram?Dosage?

Celexa (citalopram): The usual starting dose is 20mg once daily. I feel that collaboration between the cardiologist and the psychiatrist is advisable in this case in view of your mom's cardiac condition as high doses of citalopram have been associated with cardiac rhythm disorders. There is probably no harmful cardiac effects in the low doses, however. ...Read more

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Right and left side of my head hurt along with it radiating to my left part of the upper back is this muscle spasms from the citalopram used to be on?

Right and left side of my head hurt along with it radiating to my left part of the upper back is this muscle spasms from the citalopram used to be on?

See your physician: There are many types of headaches (migraine, tension, cluster) and many reasons for each type. Alternatively, you could have sinus or other issues. It would be helpful for you to keep a log of the frequency, duration, location, and intensity of your headaches, along with associated symptoms, and take it to your physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headache.html ...Read more

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Is citalopram effective to treat manic depression?

Is citalopram effective to treat manic depression?

Caution: Citalopram can treat depression. The issue is, that -- in patients who have bipolar disorder -- antidepressants like citalopram can increase the risk of switching from a depressed or normal mood to one that is manic. Often a mood stabilizer is added to prevent such a mood switch. So it is important to discuss this issue and how to deal with it in advance with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How long do I need to take citalopram before it is fully effective? I have heard it takes several weeks to work.

2-4 weeks.: Usually doses are adjusted every two weeks if no improvement is seen. You doctor would direct you on this. Anxiety symptoms could improve earlier. ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

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