What is Celexa® (Citalopram)?
Celexa® (Citalopram) is an SSRI used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. SSRIs work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, which can help regulate mood and emotions. Celexa® is also used off-label to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This medication is available in tablet form, and the dosage can be adjusted according to the patient's needs.
What are Celexa®'s (citalopram's) Side Effects?
As with any medication, Celexa® can cause side effects that vary depending on the individual's age, health condition, and dosage. Common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, sweating, tremors, and sexual dysfunction. More severe side effects that require immediate medical attention include suicidal thoughts or behavior, allergic reactions, seizures, irregular heartbeat, high fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes, and uncontrolled muscle movements. Patients taking Celexa® should be closely monitored for signs of these side effects, particularly in the first few weeks of treatment.
How is Celexa® (Citalopram) Prescribed?
Celexa® is usually prescribed by a psychiatrist or a primary care physician who specializes in mental health. The dosage and duration of treatment depend on the patient's medical history, current health status, and response to the medication. The medication is available in tablet form, and the dosage can be adjusted according to the patient's needs. Patients should take Celexa® exactly as prescribed, at the same time every day, with or without food. Patients shouldn't stop taking the medication suddenly without consulting their doctor, as this can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Does Cabinet Health Refill Celexa® (citalopram)?
Yes, Cabinet Health can refill Celexa® prescriptions. Cabinet Health offers personalized, eco-friendly glass bottles for medication storage, reducing plastic waste and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your medication packaging. Cabinet Health can also help patients transfer their prescriptions seamlessly to the new packaging.
What are the alternatives to Celexa® (citalopram)?
Several alternatives to Celexa® exist, depending on the patient's health condition and medical history. These include escitalopram (Lexapro®), fluoxetine (Prozac®), sertraline (Zoloft®), duloxetine (Cymbalta®), venlafaxine (Effexor®), and bupropion (Wellbutrin®). These medications work by regulating the levels of serotonin in the brain, similar to Celexa®. However, they may have different side effects and dosage requirements, so it's important to consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment option for your condition.