Celexa and Suicide
Anyone who starts an antidepressant should be closely monitored for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Close monitoring should also occur whenever an antidepressant dose is increased. Be watchful for any signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you (or your child or other loved one) have any of the following:
- Thoughts about death or committing suicide
- Suicide attempts
- Depression or anxiety that is new or worse
- Agitation, restlessness, or panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Irritability that is new or worse
- Aggressive, angry, or violent behavior
- Acting on dangerous impulses
- Unusually increased talking or activity
- Other strange changes in mood or behavior.
Also contact your healthcare provider if you notice any other symptoms that concern you. Do not stop taking an antidepressant without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping an antidepressant suddenly may cause other potentially dangerous reactions, including worsening depression.
Be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of using Celexa, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults. Depression is a treatable illness. Your healthcare provider can discuss all the available treatment options with you.