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    Citalopram

    What is Citalopram?

    Citalopram is an orally administered anti-depressant. It is unlike other antidepressant agents in chemical composition. It is thought to work by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps keep mental balance.


    The molecular formula for this drug is C20H22BrFN2O and its molecular weight is 405.35. This drug is found in fine, white/off-white powder and is soluble in water and ethanol.


    Celexa (Citalopram HBr) tablets

    Citalopram HBr 10 mg tablets are film coated, oval tablets containing HBr in strengths equivalent to a 10 mg Citalopram base. Citalopram 20 mg and Citalopram 40 mg are also film coated tablets containing Citalopram in strengths respective of their base. The tablets also contain a variety of inactive ingredients such as copolyvidone, crosscarmellose, corn starch, glycerin, polyethanol glycol, sodium, magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide and microcrystalline cellulose. To add the beige (10 mg) and pink (20 mg) colors to the tablets, iron oxides are used as coloring agents.


    Side effects of Citalopram

    As with any other medication, Citalopram can cause a variety of side effects. These include:


    • Nausea
    • Stomach pain
    • Vomiting
    • Heartburn
    • Yawning
    • Weakness
    • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
    • Muscle pain or joint pain
    • Changes in sex drive or ability
    • Frequent urination
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Heavy menstrual periods

    Keep in mind that if any of these symptoms persist, or get severe in nature, you should consult your doctor right away.


    In addition, Citalopram might cause some serious side effects that need professional attention immediately. Some of these are listed below:


    • Chest pain
    • Dizziness
    • Fainting
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Coma
    • Hives or blisters
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Hoarseness
    • Hallucinations
    • Confusion
    • Excessive sweating
    • Unusual bleeding or bruising
    • Seizures
    • Problems with thinking and concentration

    What is Citalopram used for?

    The main purpose of this medication is to treat depression. But you can also buy Citalopram tablets for other purposes such as eating disorders, panic disorders, alcoholism, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social phobia (excessive anxiety about human interactions) etc.


    Whatever condition you are trying to treat with this medication, make sure you consult your doctor beforehand and are aware of all the potential risks associated with this drug.


    How should Citalopram be used?

    Citalopram comes in a tablet form and a liquid solution to take by mouth. In most cases, it is taken once a day, either in the morning or the evening, with or without food. When you are taking Citalopram, make sure that you take it at the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription carefully and make sure you understand what it says. If you cannot make sense of it, ask your doctor to explain it. Take Citalopram as directed by the doctor, do not take more or less than the specified amount.


    As per your doctor's instruction, you might start off on a low dose of Citalopram and then gradually move up to a higher dose.


    It may take around 1 to 4 weeks before the full effect of Citalopram becomes noticeable. You are recommended to continue taking this medicine even if you start to feel better. If you stop taking the medicine, you might start to experience withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, mood swings, irritability, numbness, electric-shock like feeling in the hands or feet, anxiety, tiredness, nausea, shaking, sweating and difficulty in falling or staying asleep. Therefore, consult your doctor before stopping.


    A Small Warning!

    Before taking Citalopram, be sure to tell your doctor the following:


    • Any nutritional supplements or herbal products you are taking
    • Any other medication you are taking
    • If you or anyone in the family has ever had Long QT syndrome
    • Any history of drug abuse
    • If you are above 60
    • If you have ever experienced slowed or irregular heartbeat
    • Any high blood pressure concerns
    • Any bleeding problems
    • If you have or have had strokes
    • If you have experienced low levels of magnesium or potassium in your blood
    • If you have had a heart attack or any sort of heart dysfunction
    • Any kidney or liver diseases
    • If you are pregnant or are breast-feeding
    • If you are experiencing severe vomiting or diarrhea
    • If you are sweating excessively

    If you are or have suffered from any of the above, be sure to notify your doctor at once.


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