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Celexa Side Effects

Celexa is commonly prescribed for the treatment of major depression. 'Major Depression' is described as a stubbornly low mood that persists nearly every day for at least two weeks and which interferes with everyday living. Symptoms of Major Depression may include loss of interest in normal activities, insomnia or excessive sleeping, changes in appetite or weight, frequent fidgeting or a slowdown in movement, fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and possibly even repeated thoughts of suicide. Similar to other antidepressants in its class including Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, Celexa is said to work by boosting serotonin levels in the patient's brain. Serotonin is one of the nervous system's primary chemical messengers and is known to elevate mood.

Common Celexa Side Effects

The most frequent Celexa side effects, as reported in some clinical trials, included nausea, dry mouth, somnolence, insomnia, increased sweating, tremor, diarrhea and ejaculation disorder (in men).

Less Common Celexa Side Effects

Weight gain, weight loss, depression, excessive urination, fever, gas, decreased sexual drive, lack of emotion, impaired concentration, increased appetite, increased salivation, itching, joint pain, amnesia, attempted suicide, confusion, coughing, loss of menstruation, low blood pressure, migraine, muscle pain, rapid heartbeat, rash, skin tingling, taste disturbances, visual disturbances and yawning.

It is quite possible for side effects other than those listed here to occur. If this happens and/or if any seem particularly strange or bothersome, contact a doctor or other healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Special Celexa Precautions

It is important to avoid taking Celexa for two weeks before or after using any antidepressant that is known as an MAO inhibitor. Antidepressants in this category include Nardil, Marplan, and Parnate. Combining Celexa with any of these medications may lead to a serious, possibly even fatal reaction.

There is a slight possibility that Celexa will trigger a manic episode. Patients who suffer from manic-depression (bipolar disorder) should use Celexa with caution. Additionally, patients over 60 years old, those with liver or kidney problems, or who suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure, or have ever had seizures should use Celexa with caution.

At its recommended dosage, Celexa does not seem to impair judgment or motor skills. However, there is a theoretical possibility that such problems could arise, thus, Celexa patients should exercise caution when driving or operating dangerous equipment (until they are certain of Celexa's effect).

The effects of Celexa during pregnancy have not been adequately studied, and the potential for harm to the foetus is always a possibility. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while on Celexa therapy, let your doctor know immediately. Celexa also appears in breast milk and will affect the nursing infant. Nursing mothers should consider discontinuing either breastfeeding or Celexa, and speak with a doctor about the pros and cons of each option.

If Celexa is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Celexa with any of the following drugs - Carbamazepine (Tegretol); Cimetidine (Tagamet); Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab); Fluconazole (Diflucan); Itraconazole (Sporanox); Ketoconazole (Nizoral); Lithium (Lithobid, Lithonate); Metoprolol (Lopressor); Omeprazole (Prilosec); Sumatriptan (Imitrex); Warfarin (Coumadin); Other antidepressants such as Elavil, Norpramin, Pamelor, and Tofranil. Do not combine Celexa with alcohol.

Warning: This information is intended to supplement, not be a substitute for the expertise and judgment of a doctor. Please consult a doctor for final and more detailed information about the possible side effects of this prescription medication.
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