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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I am taking 40mgs of citalopram and still have depression. What is wrong with me?

I am taking 40mgs of citalopram and still have depression. What is wrong with me?

It might be: That you are not responding to this particular medication. There are plenty of other choices for a different medication that may work better.

Also, seeking help and psychotherapy is useful as the medication will not cure you by itself. ...Read more

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I am going to start taking citalopram (celexa) tomorrow for depression, how can I expect to feel?

I am going to start taking citalopram (celexa) tomorrow for depression, how can I expect to feel?

Hopefully nothing: Generally, you should not feel any changes within the first two weeks of taking an ssri. Sometimes people will get mild side effects like nausea, upset stomach, constipation/diarrhea, dry eyes/mouth. Rarely, there may be sexual side effects. Let you doctor know if any of these occur in a way that is intolerable. After two weeks (wks 2-6), you should start to feel benefits. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was diagnosed with depression last month and I started taking celexa (citalopram)?

What do you advise if I was diagnosed with depression last month and I started taking celexa (citalopram)?

There R many ways...: Out of a forest. Likewise, there are many ways 2approach depression. Which paths would u like 2explore? Has your doc ruled out any physical basis 4your depression? Does your depression reflect dissatisfaction w/something in ur life -esp in relationships? R u lonely? Do u have big stressors 2manage? Do u want 2try psychotherapy 4new perspectives, or 2help u change something, or 2learn new skills? ...Read more

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I have just started 40grams of Citalopram for Depression and Anxiety. Is Citalopram affective in treating anxiety?

I have just started 40grams of Citalopram for Depression and Anxiety. Is Citalopram affective in treating anxiety?

It certainly can be.: However, please be aware that it may take 4 to 6 weeks of medication to see a really rhobust response. However, don't limit treatment to medications alone. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, or Qi Gong. ...Read more

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I started taking citalopram 20mg for depression and I do feel a lot better but is this something I will have to take permanently?

I started taking citalopram 20mg for depression and I do feel a lot better but is this something I will have to take permanently?

I tell my: Patients that if this type of med works, it confirms the diagnosis of depression and to continue for at least a year. Otherwise, u feel better, u stop the med, and in a few weeks, your depressed again. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with depression 2 years ago, been on citalopram several times since then and don't feel like this helping. What can I do?

Let your prescibing: Physician or psychiatrist know. Dose may need to be increased. Another SSRI may be beneficial.
Augmentation may help. Take care. ...Read more

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3 weeks on 20 mg citalopram. Anxiety is significantly reduced, sleep is better but depression increased. Is this common until I get used to med?

3 weeks on 20 mg citalopram. Anxiety is significantly reduced, sleep is better but depression increased. Is this common until I get used to med?

Please call doc: Not usually. With relief from anxiety and good sleep during the first 3 weeks of treatment, a depressed person may become active enough to act on suicidal thoughts. Please contact your primary care doctor or psychiatrist right away if you are thinking or intending to hurt yourself or someone else. I am not sure what you mean by "worse". Do you mean a worsening of depressed sad mood? Call doctor. ...Read more

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Can citalopram be used to treat manic depression?

Can citalopram be used to treat manic depression?

It can be: Citalopram and other antidepressants are sometimes used to treat the depression that occurs in bipolar disorder ("manic depression") -- but usually not without the patient also being on a mood stabilizer at the same time. Used by themselves without the mood stabilizing medication, antidepressants like Celexa (citalopram) can induce mania in bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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I am taking a depression pill called citalopram will that affect a baby?

Caution if >20wks: The literature on this medication, also known as celexa, (citalopram) cautions use if gestation > 20 wks. You must check with your psychiatrist and ob. ...Read more

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How can I stop taking buspirone and citalopram and if I stop will I still fell the enxiety and depression?

How can I stop taking buspirone and citalopram and if I stop will I still fell the enxiety and depression?

First talk to ur Dr.: S/he prescribed you both meds to treat ur depression & anxiety. If you stop your meds on your own, it is at your own risk, not medically recommended at all. Avoid this & be safe: get a second opinion if needed, make sure you are helped and monitored by a psychiatrist you trust, together u will review your meds and consider other non meds treatment options like talk therapy, relaxation, etc. ...Read more

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Prescribed 10mg citalopram for depression. How long should I take it before increasing to 20mg to avoid side effects?

Talk to your doctor: Before increasing. Each person is different when titrating the doses. So your doctor can guide you with this ...Read more

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Hi. I currently take 20mg citalopram in the morning for depression. Would it be safe for me to take 10mg amitryptoline for pain relief?

Hi. I currently take 20mg citalopram in the morning for depression. Would it be safe for me to take 10mg amitryptoline for pain relief?

Serotonin Syndrome: Citalopram is for treatment of Depression.
Amitriptyline is not specific medication for pain relief.
It is not safe to combine these medications.
Using Amitriptyline with Citalopram can increase the risk of serious Serotonin Syndrome.
And increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis of depression and pain, discuss Medication and Therapy ...Read more

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I'm taking 20mg citalopram a day for depression. Mood is a lot better than before but worried about coming off it. Is there many withdrawal effects?

I'm taking 20mg citalopram a day for depression. Mood is a lot better than before but worried about coming off it. Is there many withdrawal effects?

Not many: The ssri class of medications are very well tolerated and have few side effects. When weaning off the medications appropriately, you should have no issues. Ask your dr. What the best wean for you is, if in fact you are ready to get off the medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep I don't wanna wake up I've had 3 deaths in one year?

What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep I don't wanna wake up I've had 3 deaths in one year?

Talk Therapy!: While you search for a better antidepressant, definitely get involved in supportive talk therapy. The losses you've faced and your grief will not be resolved by drugs alone - they may not even be necessary. You need to work through your feelings which may be fairly normal and healthy. But, un-dealt with, they can fester leading to worse symptoms. Be picky, this therapist is one you need to trust. ...Read more

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In general is Celexa (citalopram) a good med for anxiety? I have more anxiety & less depression. Or would there be a better choice for a daliy med for anxiety?

Yes it is: Celexa (citalopram) is one of several medications from this family that are in fact the backbone of Anxiety treatment protocol. It gradually regulates anxiety. The process of treatment is an active one and it requires regular adjustment and fine tuning of medsgood luck and feel better ...Read more

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Random spur of depression? Have been taking celexa (citalopram) 20 mg for over a year, so why would it seem to stop working? I have been doing great! Now this??

Random spur of depression? Have been taking celexa (citalopram) 20 mg for over a year, so why would it seem to stop working? I have been doing great! Now this??

See MD: There are many reasons for a 'random' episode of depression when you've been stable on Celexa (citalopram) 20 mg for > a year: recent life stress, health changes, other meds added (prescribed or OTC) interacting with Celexa (citalopram), inner issues you may not recognize, eg, anniversary reactions, past traumas being triggered. See your prescribing MD to discuss and consider a therapy consult. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does citalopram medication for depression mike you sleepy?

Does citalopram medication for depression mike you sleepy?

Drowsy on celexa: Yes, it can. If it does, take your daily dose at bedtime. It can be a useful side effect for insomnia. ...Read more

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Is citalopram a safe drug? Dr wants me to try it for depression and anxiety but the list of side effects is daunting.

Is citalopram a safe drug? Dr wants me to try it for depression and anxiety but the list of side effects is daunting.

Yes: At one time was top selling amtidepressant in Europe. Very safe. If airlines had to list every possible thing that could happen the way drug companies do/-you'd never fly! ...Read more

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My 9 year old started celexa (citalopram) for anxiety and depression today. How will this affect him? What should I watch for?

My 9 year old started celexa (citalopram) for anxiety and depression today. How will this affect him? What should I watch for?

SKILLS TOO?: The terrific healthtap child psychiatrists can answer ur q directly! As psychologist, I hope the medicine helps ur son feel calmer, more motivated, betterable 2cope w/challenges. But also hope u'll make time 2work w/a skilled clinical psychologist whol'll help ur som identify/recognize his emotions, boost his knowledge of anxiety/depression, learn 2 tame &manage symptoms. Try http://bit. Ly/10snx69. ...Read more

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I am currently taking citalopram for depression for over 6 months and it is not working, it has unwanted sexual side effects, what should I do?

Anti-depressant: Talk to your doctor. There are many other medications out there you can try. Men often have sexual side effects with these meds. Consider trying wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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I have situational depression. Due to my current lifestyle married to a military member. Was on celexa (citalopram) stopped it 6 mths ago. I need something?

I have situational depression. Due to my current lifestyle married to a military member. Was on celexa (citalopram) stopped it 6 mths ago. I need something?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed celexa (citalopram) 10mg for depression. I feel like it's helped a little but I still have no energy to do anything and I've gained some weight?

Hang in there: How long have you been on Celexa (citalopram) 10 mg? It usually takes about 4-6 weeks before you see consistent improvement in symptoms. That being said, your dose may need to be adjusted further during this initial period. The lack of energy may be contributing to the weight gain, although it certainly is possible that it is a side effect. Recommend discussing concerns with doctor. Hope this helps. Best. ...Read more

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I bad night terrors since I took celexa (citalopram) for depression, I've been off it since sept and they still happen. Is it because of celexa (citalopram)? Can I do anything?

I bad night terrors since I took celexa (citalopram) for depression, I've been off it since sept and they still happen. Is it because of celexa (citalopram)? Can I do anything?

"Night terrors"?: Actual night terrors happen in stage 4 sleep -- different from nightmares, which happen in rem. Celexa (citalopram) can definitely increase the number of rem episodes/night -- with vivid dreaming & nightmares. Ongoing nightmares after stopping Celexa (citalopram) can relate to the depression & anxiety still being present, possible alcohol or other substance use, etc. I'd suggest following up with a psychiatrist for help. ...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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Citalopram is usually used to treat depression but I have been given it to treat ibs. Does this really work?

Citalopram is usually used to treat depression but I have been given it to treat ibs. Does this really work?

Off - label for IBS: According to http://www. Emedexpert. Com/facts/citalopram-facts. Shtml: "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) are frequently used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) although evidence of their efficacy is scarce. Results of the study suggest that citalopram (20-40 mg/day) can significantly improve ibs symptoms. It can improve abdominal pain, bloating, impact of symptoms on. ...Read more

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Does citalopram and Xanax (alprazolam) affect the erection., I have been using since one year, for depression?

Does citalopram and Xanax (alprazolam) affect the erection., I have been using since one year, for depression?

Citalopram, maybe: It's possible for citalopram and other similar antidepressants like prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) Lexapro and Luvox to cause erectile difficulties. However, there can be other causes such as depression, anxiety and medical issues. I would suggest discussing this with your physician. If it is from the citalopram, there are ways to address this. If it's from something else, there is help also. ...Read more

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When pregnant and on citalopram how likely will it be to end up with post natal. Suffer with depression when off meds?

When pregnant and on citalopram how likely will it be to end up with post natal. Suffer with depression when off meds?

Fair chance: Post partum depression, not just new baby blues, will occur in up to 25% of women. Many of those women have an underling bipolar genetic risk-use of antidepressants alone could be problem. Use of antidepressants in the late stage of pregnancy can pose some risks to the fetus. Your OB and psychiatrist need to be in contact throughout the pregnancy to both observe and advise you & each other. ...Read more

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Citalopram has failed to help my depression. Getting Mirtazapine added next week. Feel so down. Should the Mirtazapine help more?

In any case: Even if the additional drug helps - which I hope it does - please consider adding CBT therapy. Research shows that any psych medication is optimized by combining it w/ therapy. It's never been repudiated. You'll learn skills to help over a lifetime - reduce or eliminate need for meds but for brief difficulties. Best! ...Read more

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Started tapering off citalopram ssri 13 days ago. Every evening now I have started to have anxiety and depression. When will these subside?

Citalopram: You have not said how long you've been on citalopram. If you're tapering off too soon, your anxiety and depression symptoms can return -- which may be what's happening with you. If this is the case, these symptoms will worsen, not subside. Please see your physician -- if this is not a psychiatrist, please consider working with one. ...Read more

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When I don't take Citalopram 20 or Fluoxetine 20 I'm impatient most of time everyday. Is this sign of depression and whether I should continue it?

When I don't take Citalopram 20 or Fluoxetine 20 I'm impatient most of time everyday. Is this sign of depression and whether I should continue it?

Depends on you: SRIs impart patience, some call it zombiism, so we can cope with the unnatural stressors of civilization. SRI's were originally meant to be used for 6 mos max as a bridge back to well being. Were you impatient before? If not then this is a withdrawal effect & the sooner you stop the better off you'll be. Until age 27 the brain has the ability to reverse alterations caused by drugs, after that??? ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the dosage 40 mg celexa (citalopram) in combination with 300 mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression or is this dosage too high?

Is it safe to take the dosage 40 mg celexa (citalopram) in combination with 300 mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression or is this dosage too high?

It depends: If your psychiatrist has prescribed these dosages for you then my assumption would be there was a good reason for that. If you are tolerating the combination with minimal to no side effects and you are benefitting from it then this may be appropriate for you. Look out for side effects such as not being able to feel your emotions or increased agitation and irritability. Good luck! ...Read more

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My dr is having me stop my celexa (citalopram) for 10 days because of an antibiotic im on. Will my depression/anxiety increase? Will I withdraw? I'm scared.

Possibly: Yes, you could have withdrawal symptoms by suddenly stopping celexa, (citalopram) and your depression symptoms could increase. Hoping you also have a psychiatrist, and can discuss this directly with him or her -- it seems a bad idea to cold-turkey an ssri. If your primary care doctor is concerned about the antibiotic effects with celexa, (citalopram) could s/he not simply reduce the dose rather than stop it altogether? ...Read more

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8 mos ago, I took Celexa, (citalopram) Experiencing severe mental AND physical impairment, not to mention suicidal depression. Are there any treatments? Suffering

Go see your Dr: Now and tell him/her what's going on and
its likely your experiencing side effects and /or have some physical issues going on. Don't wait, call today and if you cant be seen quickly see your primary care doctor asap. Urgent care can also help in some cases depending on your pain. ...Read more

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I am taking citalopram 20 mg once a day for a month now but don't really see a diffrence in my depression or anxiety. I was thinking Xanax (alprazolam) might help?

I am taking citalopram 20 mg once a day for a month now but don't really see a diffrence in my depression or anxiety. I was thinking Xanax (alprazolam) might help?

Give it time: Depression/anxiety medications in that class tend to take at least 4-6 weeks to start working. You may be a candidate for a higher dose or an additional medication, though, if you aren't feeling ANY change at 4 weeks. Check back in with your doc and let him/her know how you're feeling. Do yourself a favor, and stay away from the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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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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Celexa (Definition)

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