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How Many Citalopram Does It Take To Overdose
"Overdose" vs lethal: "overdose" means taking more medication than prescribed or intended. The amount you take may or may not be lethal, which differs by medication and your tolerance. I agree with dr. Tripp that citalopram and other ssri's have a high safety record in overdose. A variable amount may give you unpleasant -- but probably not lethal -- side effects. ...Read more
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
About 5 days.: It generally takes five 1/2 lives for a drug to clear your system. If a drug is daily dose then 1/2 life is usually one day. You may feel slightly lightheaded while the drug is clearing. If you overdosed as a suicidal attempt you really need to follow up with your doctor or other mental health professional. ...Read more
Unlikely: Not if you take the dose you are prescribed and it is a proper dose (celexa (citalopram) up to 40mg and Promethazine up to 100mg/day) you can get side effects such as sedation. If you are so sedated that you don't remember what you are taking, I guess you could take an extra dose which shouldn't hurt you but if you have a bad reaction, see your doctor immediately or go to the er. ...Read more
Be careful: Temazepam is a CNS depressant most commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. Taking a CNS depressant with an SSRI, such as citalopram, can enhance the adverse effects of the SSRI, particularly psychomotor impairment. You shouldn't be taking either of these drugs without the guidance and authorization of a physician, preferably a mental health professional. ...Read more
At low dose Celexa (citalopram): Management: given the risk of dose-dependent qt prolongation, citalopram dosage should not exceed 20 mg/day when prescribed in combination with cyp450 2c19 inhibitors such as cimetidine, esomeprazole, etravirine, felbamate, fluconazole, lansoprazole, letrozole, modafinil, omeprazole, oxcarbazepine, ticlopidine, and voriconazole. www. Drugs. Com. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram): That depends on how long u have been on it, what it was used for, and the current daily dosage. I would divide the daily dose into twice a day dosing for one week, then taper the daily dose by one quarter every week, but ofcourse, consult your prescribing doctor first. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram) & provigil?: Celexa (citalopram, an SSRI commonly prescribed to treat depression and anxiety) and Provigil (modafanil, a novel stimulant like med often prescribed for shift work sleep d/I or "off label" for mood) may be prescribed together, if you're prescribing doc believes this is safe for you. Always check with your prescribing MD before starting any new med & review ur risk/benefit/side effect profile. ...Read more
Yes: They are safe together. However, discuss it with your prescriber at your next visit. ...Read more
Depends: I assume you are meaning to alternate days so you are effectively taking less of the med equivalent to about 15mg. It depends on what your effective dose is. You might dip below a therapeutic dose and have symptoms return. If the reduction is due to side effects, consider a switch to Lexapro (escitalopram) which is more potent and side effects may be less. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram): Safe, if the total daily dose dose not exceed 40 mg. ...Read more
Never safe: It is never safe to take more medications then prescribed by your physician. Go to the ER for appropriate care and treatment. ...Read more
Okay but Caution: Using Diazepam and Citalopram together may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may experience impaired thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. Avoid or limit use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Use only as directed by prescriber. Best regards for good health. ...Read more
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
Celexa (citalopram): That depends on your doctor's preference. Some do well taking it in the morning with food, some take it with dinner, & some divide the daily dose to twice a day. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram) dose: Yes, 20 mg a day is a common dose. ...Read more
Yes: That is fine if it was prescribed that way for you. Take care. ...Read more
It depends: It depends to some degree how long you were on it. If you were on it for several weeks and it built up to a full dose in your bloodstream then it might take about a week for it to leave your bloodstream and perhaps even longer for the chemical changes that it caused to revert back to your normal state. ...Read more
7 1/4 days: The half-life of Celexa (citalopram) is 35 hours. Usually it takes 4-5 half-lives to remove most of a drug from the body. After 3 days, more than 50% of Celexa (citalopram) will be gone. After 7 days and 6 hours, about 97% of the drug will be removed from your system if your liver, and to a lesser extent your kidneys, are operating normally. Some people are super or slow metabolizers of drugs, so the time could vary. ...Read more
Celexa (citalopram): Onset of action is not dose-related. It can take 4-6 weeks to see full antidepressant effect. ...Read more
Quickly: The medication itself does not stay in the body for very long time. Probably, in a few days, it is gone. The effect from citalopram might last for a number of weeks after you stopped it. Normally, after people stop antidepressants, nothing happens and they wonder why they took them to begin with. And months or two later depression comes back, but they always blame on something for this new depress. ...Read more
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