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Citalopram is an antidepressant which works by increasing the serotonin level of the brain to help in the maintenance of mental balance. It is available in both tablet and liquid form and is usually taken in once daily. Doctors usually recommend a low dose for starters but it is gradually increased at least once a week.
Aside from depression, Citalopram is also used to treat alcoholism, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder as well as anxiety disorders like social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. Patients taking in Citalopram should be closely monitored by their doctors because SSRIs such as this mediation can make depression worse and an even lead to suicidal tendencies.
Citalopram should be kept in a tightly closed container that is free from moisture and heat, and should be kept out of the reach of other people as well as children. An overdose can result to dizziness, sweating, tremors, drowsiness, memory loss heart palpitations, seizures and coma. In case of an overdose, all the poison
control center or 911.
It is recommended that Citalopram be taken during the prescribed period even if the patient is already feeling well to maximize its benefit. It is best to get your doctor’s approval before stopping its use as it can result to serious withdrawal symptoms like: agitation, confusion, dizziness, mood changes, tiredness, sleeping problems, numbness and tingling sensations in hands or feet.
Citalopram and Escitalopram or Laxapro should not be taken in together. Doctors recommend that a person who has just stopped taking Citalopram should wait for 14 days before taking in a mono amine oxidase or MAO inhibitor. Patients should inform their doctors if they are taking in the following medications:
* Monoamine oxidase
* Other antidepressants
* Other NSAIDs or Nonsteoridal anti-inflammatory medications
* Anxiety medications
* Medications for Parkinson’s disease
* Medications for migraine
* Sedatives or sleeping pills
* Herbal supplements or medications