What is Celexa mainly used for?

Celexa is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is primarily used to treat major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.

Treating Major Depressive Disorder

Celexa is an effective antidepressant that works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, and sleep. By increasing serotonin levels, Celexa can help alleviate symptoms of depression such as sadness, loss of interest in activities, and feelings of worthlessness.

Managing Anxiety Disorders

In addition to treating depression, Celexa is also used to manage anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder (SAD). Anxiety disorders can cause intense worry, fear, and physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and sweating. Celexa can help reduce these symptoms by regulating the levels of serotonin in the brain.

Possible Side Effects

As with any medication, Celexa may cause side effects. Some common side effects include nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness, and insomnia. These side effects are typically mild and go away on their own as the body adjusts to the medication. However, if you experience severe side effects or have an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

Precautions and Interactions

Before taking Celexa, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of any medical conditions you have, as well as any medications or supplements you are taking. Celexa may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and may not be safe for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease.

In conclusion, Celexa is a commonly prescribed medication for the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders. While it can be effective in reducing symptoms, it is important to discuss any potential risks and side effects with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé): ansm.sante.fr


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios): aemps.gob.es


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte): bfarm.de


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


    • Contact SOS Médecins: 3624
    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website: 143.ch

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website: cpsquebec.ca


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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