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This anti-depressant drug, generically known as Citalopram, is widely used for its efficacy in treating a lot of disorders including anxiety disorders, depression and body dysmorphic. It is classified as an SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Celexa works on unbalanced brain chemicals that causes depression.

Its original patent belonged to Lundbeck but other companies started to manufacture generic versions of the drug after the patent expiration in 2003. Thus, you can find Citalopram under the following brand names in specific countries:

* Celexa-United States
* Citrol, Cipramil or Seropram-Europe and in Australia
* Celepram or Ciazil-Australia
* Recital-Israel
* Zentius-South America
* Zetalo-India
* Cipram-Denmark

Patients who have a history or who have existing medical conditions like kidney problems, epilepsy, liver disease, bipolar disorder or drug abuse should not take Celexa without consulting with first consulting with his doctor. Celexa interacts negatively with monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs which includes Marplan, Azilect, Nardil, Eldepryl or Parnate. A person who is taking any MAOI medication should stop taking the medication and wait for two weeks before he should start taking in Celexa. The same thing should be done if the patient is taking in Celexa
but has to use an MAOI. It is not advisable to take medications for fever,arthritis or pain while taking Celexa as it can result to bleeding or bruising.

Most patients who are suffering from depression and its symptoms may have had suicidal thoughts before they took Celexa or similar medications. It is imperative that the patient call his doctor immediately if he feels new symptoms like:

* Anxiety
* Panic attacks
* Becoming more depressed
* Suicidal thoughts
* Agitation
* Irritability

Celexa is unsafe for a pregnant woman because it can result to fatal lung problems for the unborn child. However, there is also a danger of relapsing into depression once the pregnant woman stops taking the drug. It is best to inform the doctor
about this problem as soon as possible.


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