Celexa

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What is Celexa?

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Celexa® (citalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication prescribed to help relieve the symptoms of depression. The most common reported side effects of Celexa® are similar to those of other SSRIs on the market today. These side effects include trouble sleeping, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, sweating and dry mouth. Potential sexual problems including lowered sex drive, difficulties reaching and maintaining an erection, loss of sensation, inability to reach orgasm and vaginal dryness.

Avoiding potential side effects

Take Celexa® in the morning to help prevent trouble sleeping and also with food to reduce the chance for nausea. Sexual side effects are thought to decrease over time without stopping Celexa®. But if sexual side effects do persist, consult a doctor about lowering your dosage or changing to different antidepressants to ease sexual problems. Consult a physician if you experience any side effects.

Read more about depression in our Health Encyclopedia.

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