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
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Prozac and Serafem (fluoxetine)
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