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Celexa is the brand name for the generic drug citalopram hydrobromide. This drug is available in the form of tablets and oral solution. Drug is used in the treatment of depressions in patients. It is available in strengths of 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg tablets and equivalent oral solutions. The oral solutions contain about 2 mg / mL of citalopram hydrobromide. It also contains some inactive ingredients to give color and taste to the medicine.
How to use
It is recommended that treatment of depression started with a dosage of 20 mg of Celexa daily initially and the dosage can be increased to up to 40 mg per day. The increment of the dosage should be in 20 mg and the increment should be started at least after one week of the initial treatment. Based on the response of the patient in some cases the dosage can be increased to about 60 mg per day. However for most of the patients the increase in the dosage beyond 40 mg per day is not useful. It is up to you to take Celexa in the morning or evening, along with your food or without food. Elderly patients should be given about 20 mg per day and only in some extreme cases the dosage can be increased to 40 mg per day. The potential risks and the benefits of using Celexa should be considered if Celexa is given to a person who is pregnant.
Celexa should be used in a patient only when there is a need to go for this medication. Since this is an antidepressant it might induce suicidal thought in young adults, children, and adolescents. It is important that patients who are on Celexa to be monitored closely for any change in behavior. It is important that the caretakers at home should be informed prior to using Celexa for treatment. If there is any worsening of behavior they have to contact the medical practitioner immediately. Do not discontinue the use of Celexa abruptly as it might trigger unwanted behavior in the patient. If at all reduction is needed it should be done gradually. Patients who have kidney disorders and diseases should take Celexa with precaution.
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