Celexa, also called Citalopram, is used to treat mental depression. Celexa belongs to a group of medicines known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines work by increasing the activity of the chemical serotonin in the brain.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and never stop taking Celexa without discussing it with your doctor first. If you miss a dose of this medicine, check with your doctor to see what you should do. Do NOT double doses.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: decrease in sexual desire or ability; agitation; blurred vision; confusion; fever; increase in frequency of urination or amount of urine produced; lack of emotion; loss of memory; menstrual changes; skin rash or itching; trouble in breathing; anxiety; behavior change similar to drunkenness; bleeding gums; breast tenderness or enlargement or unusual secretion of milk; difficulty in concentrating; dizziness or fainting; increased hunger; irregular heartbeat; irritability; lethargy; low blood sodium (confusion, convulsions [seizures], drowsiness, dryness of mouth, increased thirst, lack of energy); mood or mental changes; nervousness; nose bleed; painful urination; purple or red spots on skin; sore throat, fever, and chills; rapid weight gain; red or irritated eyes; redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of skin; seizures; serotonin syndrome (agitation, confusion, diarrhea, fever, overactive reflexes, poor coordination, restlessness, shivering, sweating, talking or acting with excitement you cannot control, trembling or shaking, twitching); shakiness; slow or irregular heartbeat; stupor; swelling of face, ankles, or hands; trouble in holding or releasing urine; unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Celexa (citalopram HBr) is an orally administered selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) with a chemical structure unrelated to that of other SSRIs or of tricyclic, tetracyclic, or other available antidepressant agents. Citalopram HBr is a racemic bicyclic phthalane derivative designated (±)-1-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-1- (4-fluorophenyl)-1,3 dihydroisobenzofuran-5-carbonitrile. The molecular formula is C20H22BrFN2O and its molecular weight is 405.35.Celexa 10 mg tablets are film-coated, oval tablets containing citalopram HBr in strengths equivalent to 10 mg citalopram base. Celexa 20 mg and 40 mg tablets are film-coated, oval, scored tablets containing citalopram HBr in strengths equivalent to 20 mg or 40 mg citalopram base. The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: copolyvidone, corn starch, crosscarmellose sodium, glycerin, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide. Iron oxides are used as coloring agents in the beige (10 mg) and pink (20 mg) tablets.
It has the following chemical structure: