Considering Celexa as A Treatment Option For Depression
Celexa is an antidepressant which belongs to the group of drugs classified as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which work to restore a more level balance of chemicals, particularly serotonin, in the brain. Most commonly used to treat depression, Celexa is also prescribed to treat other mood and anxiety disorders in adults. It is estimated that nearly 19 million adults suffer from some sort of depressive disorder and many may find that Celexa is a suitable treatment option for them.
Celexa, as with other SSRI’s comes with warnings and precautions which should be taken under advisement to ensure the medicine’s optimal benefit as well as lessening the risk of certain side effects and interactions. First, those taking an MAOI ( monoamine oxidase inhibitor) should not take Celexa while taking the MAOI. In fact, MAOI’s and Celexa should not be taken within two weeks of each other as there are serious and sometimes fatal interactions which can occur. Additionally, those patients with liver or kidney disease, a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and those who have a history of drug abuse should discuss with their doctor if Celexa is an appropriate course of treatment. Although one of these factors may preclude Celexa as an option in some patients others may be a candidate for Celexa with a dosage adjustment or ongoing, regular screenings by your doctor while taking the drug.
Another serious side effect associated with the use of Celexa is a worsening of depressive symptoms or an occurrence of suicidal thoughts especially in patients less than 24 years of age. Although most patients undergo monitoring by their doctor during the first few months of Celexa treatment, be sure to alert your physician or prescribing doctor if aggressive behaviors such as hostility and violent thoughts appear or become more prevalent. Celexa may not be right for every one, although some patients really benefit from its effects. Discuss with your doctor any other options available to treat your depression if Celexa is not suitable for your particular needs.
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