How Effective Is It?

Studies have shown Celexa to be effective for depression treatment in adults. People who took it showed more improvement in depression symptoms compared to people not taking the medicine. Also, long-term studies have shown that fewer people taking it relapse (have their depression come back) than people not taking it.

When and How to Take Celexa

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
  • Celexa comes in tablet form and also in liquid form. It is taken by mouth usually once a day.
  • If it makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If it causes insomnia for you, try taking it in the morning.
  • You can take the medication with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.


The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Celexa Dosages for more information on this topic.)
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