Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide) is a prescription medication approved to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication, Celexa works by affecting a specific chemical within the brain known as serotonin. When the levels of serotonin become unbalanced, it can cause conditions such as depression. Celexa helps block the reuptake of serotonin so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this medication, Celexa is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Celexa, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Insomnia, nausea, and sweating are some of the most common side effects of this medicine.
The drug comes in tablet and liquid form and is typically taken once daily. Celexa tablets are available in three strengths:
The liquid form of the medication is available in one strength -- Celexa Oral Solution 10 mg per 5 mL (equal to 10 mg per teaspoonful).
(Click Celexa for a more in-depth look at how Celexa works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this drug.)