Citalopram, also known by the trade name Celexa, is an antidepressant of the SSRI class. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia. Benefits may take one to four weeks to occur. It is taken by mouth.
The recommended dose is:
The usual dose of citalopram is 20mg a day in adults. But it may be started at a lower dose and increased to a maximum dose of 40mg a day. If you’re over 65, or have liver problems, the maximum recommended dose is 20mg a day. The usual dose of citalopram in children is 10mg a day, but this may be increased to 40mg a day.
How long will it take to start working?
You may not notice much improvement in your symptoms for a week or two until citalopram begins to take effect. It usually takes between 4 and 6 weeks before you feel the full benefits. Do not stop taking citalopram after a week or two just because you feel it isn’t helping your symptoms. Give the medicine at least 6 weeks to work.
Common side effects include nausea, trouble sleeping, sexual problems, shakiness, feeling tired, and sweating. Serious side effects include an increased risk of suicide in those under the age of 25, serotonin syndrome, glaucoma, and QT prolongation.
Withdrawal symptoms can occur when this medicine is suddenly stopped, such as paraesthesia, sleeping problems (difficulty sleeping and intense dreams), feeling dizzy, agitated or anxious, nausea, vomiting, tremors, confusion, sweating, headache, diarrhea, palpitations, changes in emotions, irritability, and eye or eyesight problems. Treatment with citalopram should be reduced gradually when treatment is finished.
If you take or have taken this medication in the past please leave a comment describing your experiences so that we can help the rest of the community understand what to expect and help them decide whether this is the right medication for them. 🙂