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Medication That Treats Depression and Improves Mood

Citalopram is an oral prescription medicine. It’s available asa brand name and as a generic drug. It is prescribed for treating depression. Citalopramis an anti-depressant drug that belongs to SSRIs or Selective SerotoninReuptake Inhibitor. It works by improving depression. It increases the numberof substances in the brain called serotonin. Serotonin is a natural substancethat helps maintain mental balance. Increasing the amount of serotonin helpsimprove the ability of the brain to transmit messages from one brain cells toanother. Citalopram also helps improve the mood. It is sometimes used to treatconditions like:

  • Panicdisorder- a sudden attack of extreme fear
  • Alcoholism
  • Premenstrualdysphoric disorder- emotional and physical symptoms before menstrual cycle
  • Socialphobia- excessive anxiety
  • Eatingdisorder

How to use Citalopram?

Citalopram is an oral medication. The usual recommended doseis 20mg once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose depending on how well yourresponse to the treatment. Take the medication either in the morning or in theevening. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. You can take it withor without food. Take Citalopram exactly as directed.

What are the side effects ofCitalopram?

Some of the side effects of Citalopram are:

  • Drymouth
  • Fatigue
  • Increasedsweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleepiness
  • Shakiness
  • Sexualdifficulties
  • Stuffyor a runny nose

See your doctor if you will experience any of the followingsymptoms:

  • Signsof blood clotting such as bruising, blood in the urine, coughing cuts thatdon’t stop and bleeding gums
  • Overactivethoughts
  • Restlessnessor unable to sit still
  • Symptomsof low sodium in the blood
  • Changesin the heart rhythm such as pounding heartbeat, seizures and fainting
  • Liverproblems with signs such as loss of appetite, weight loss, jaundice and darkurine

Important Information

  • Citaloprammay cause a decreased appetite and weight loss in children.
  • Thisdrug may interact with other medications, vitamins and herbal supplements. Whenused with other drugs that increase serotonin, life-threatening complicationsmay occur.
  • Citaloprammay cause sleepiness. Do not use alcohol while under this medication.
  • Patientswho have heart problems, low potassium and magnesium level, kidney and liverproblems must use this drug only upon the advice of your doctor.
  • Pregnantand breastfeeding women should not take this drug.
  • Do notstop taking this medication all of a sudden. Stopping citalopram right away cancause anxiety, change in the sleep habit, irritability and other serioussymptoms.

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