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Celexa is an antidepressant medication sometimes used to treat anxiety symptoms. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). This type of medication restores the balance of serotonin in the brain in order to help improve mood problems.
Celexa, like other antidepressants, must be taken on a regular basis to be effective in treating depression and anxiety. It can take up to four weeks of regular use before someone begins to feel better.
Celexa comes in doses of 20 mg., 40 mg., and in a oral solution (liquid) form.
Your doctor should prescribe the lowest possible dose to start with and increase in increments, if needed.
Before Taking Celexa
Some people with certain medical conditions either should not take Celexa or should have adjustments in their prescribed dosage. Make sure your doctor knows if you have any of the following medical conditions:
Liver or kidney disease
Seizure disorder, such as epilepsy
History of substance abuse
Lisa Nelson RD #8: Please clear up the confusion about grapefruit and medication! Is it safe for individuals taking medication for heart disease, such as Lipitor, to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice? When is grapefruit not allowed?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: I am including information that may help answer your question about grapefruit and a variety of nutritionals that affect statin drugs for the lowering of cholesterol.
Zocor (Simvastatin), for example, is a Statin drug, used to lower high cholesterol levels, and also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. Zocor may affect the absorption or utilization of vitamins E and coenzyme Q10. Tests showed the average concentration of coenzyme Q10 in blood plasma decreased by approximately 50% after statins were used for 30 days. Supplementation is considered beneficial.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and should not be consumed at the same time. It i...
The first thing you need to be aware of when taking lithium is that you need to drink plenty of fluids (preferably without sugar or caffeine). If you don't make sure you're flushing your system properly, lithium can build up, possibly leading to toxicity. (See Monitoring Lithium Levels - Why It's Essential.)
It's also important to get enough salt in your diet. Without this, lithium can also build up in your system.
There are a lot of medications that can cause serious problems when taken with lithium. Some of these are:
Effexor and Effexor XR (venlafaxine)
Paxil and Paxil CR(paroxetine)
Prozac and Serafem (fluoxetine)
Wellbutrin and Zyban (bupropion)
And a host of others. Advil, Motrin, Aleve and other over-the-counter medicines containing ibuprofen or naproxen can also interact badly with lithium. Bottom line: if you're going to take lithium, tell your doctor (...
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