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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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Citalopram or sertraline?

Citalopram or sertraline?

SSRI's: They are both ssri's. I have found both effective when treating patients. Either are good options for conditions like post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depression etc. Take care. ...Read more

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?

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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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Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Any interaction btween Zoloft Abilify (aripiprazole) trazadon busparone?

Potentially: Combination of Zoloft, trazodone & buspar can increased potential for serotonergic reactions which can be severe. Trazodone or zoloft when mixed with abilify can ^ risk for sedation, dizziness or confusion. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) sedating?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) sedating?

Zoloft (sertraline): All drugs have effects and side effects. Typically Zoloft (sertraline) and the other SSRI's cause insomnia (do not take before bedtime), but paradoxically, they can also cause somnolence, sleepiness and a feeling of the blahs- like your emotional spectrum is narrowed. Get a good psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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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Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects?

Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects?

See below: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ssri and is basically the "pure" form of citalopram. Most common se's effects are constipation, decreased sexual drive, GI problems, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, sweating, decreased appetite, and disrupted sleep. Many symptoms subside after 2 to 3 weeks. Stay on the medication for a couple of months to give it a chance to work. Often people quit too soon! ...Read more

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Haw many Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg on zoloft? Mg

Haw many Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg on zoloft? Mg

This question is: not making sense. Please consider resubmitting with clarification. ...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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Effects of Zoloft (sertraline) overdose?

Effects of Zoloft (sertraline) overdose?

Common effects: drowsinessvomiting •increased heart rate (tachycardia) or slow heart rate (bradycardia) •nauseadizzinessagitation •shakiness (tremor). •coma •seizures •delirium •hallucinations •high blood pressure (hypertension) •fainting •loss of life. ...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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Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Switching meds: Yes they can be taken together when cross tapering but you have to watch for possible rare phenomenon called serotonin syndrome.You need to discuss with you health care professional if you have concerns. ...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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Side effects of Lexapro wellbutrin and Xanax (alprazolam) together?

Side effects of Lexapro wellbutrin and Xanax (alprazolam) together?

Low probability: There are the possibility of low probability side effects. With respect to specific interactions, the most prominent thing to remember is that if you stop taking your xanax (alprazolam) suddenly while taking wellbutrin and Lexapro you may make it more likely that you would have a seizure. You also may find operating a motor vehicle more challenging when taking xanax (alprazolam) with any medications. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

DEPENDS: For the right illness Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very effective. Indicated for depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, ocd, pmdd. ...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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There any interaction between cymbalta (duloxetine) buspae Risperdal wellbutreinxl?

There any interaction between cymbalta (duloxetine) buspae Risperdal wellbutreinxl?

Too many meds: Taking all of these medications together is not a good idea. You run the risk of serotonin syndrome, a potentially lethal condition and you are at increased risk of seizures. It sounds like you must have a difficult case of depression and anxiety and I suggest you talk with you doctor about a better combination. Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Wellbutrin are both antidepressants and you should be on one or the other ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

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