How Long Does It Take For Celexa 20mg Qd To Work?


Asked by Lee Kiker

How Long Does It Take For Celexa 20mg Qd To Work?

When can I expect to feel reliel with the Celexa 20mg?


Hi Lee, Thanks for your question. Celexa is an Selective Seritonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) that works by increasing the levels of seritonin in your brain. Seritonin is one of the neurotransmitters that is responsible for our feelings of pleasure. Like all medications in this class (ex Prozac,Lexapro,Paxil, Zoloft,) it takes awhile to exert its full effects. You will notice improvements in a gradual fashion with this medication. Usually after approximately 2 weeks you will start to see an improvement in your energy and increased activity. Then after about 2 more weeks you will start to have less feelings of guilt and hopelessness. The full effects of your Celexa should be see between 4 to 6 weeks. A good way to visualize the effects of celexa is to picture a stock market graph representing a stock that is gradually rising. You see the line going up for a period of time and then it will have a small decline and then rise again. This represents your mood on Celexa. Your depression gradually improves, but then you will hit a low spot, however that low spot is better than what your baseline was before the medication. With all of that being said, that is why it is extremely important to take your Celexa every single day as prescribed. The improvement in your mood will not be seen instantly. Many individuals quit their treatment with these medications because they feel that the medication is not working properly. However, if they had continued their treatment for a longer period of time, they would have noticed the effects. Stopping the medication prematurely can also cause you to lose any gains towards reaching the drugs maximum effect. Hopefully this helped answer your question. You can find out more information on Celexa at Thanks again for your question. Casey