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Of the three strengths of Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide) tablets on the market, Celexa 20 mg tablets are in the middle of the range, strength-wise. A healthcare provider may prescribe Celexa to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). The dose of Celexa your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your age, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are currently taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
The recommended starting Celexa dose for treating depression is typically Celexa 20 mg tablets once daily. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the Celexa dosage if symptoms continue or decrease the dose if side effects occur. The maximum recommended dose of Celexa is 60 mg once daily, although doses above 40 mg are generally not recommended (because 60 mg has not been shown to be more effective than 40 mg).
For people over age 60, people with liver problems, and people taking certain other medications (see Celexa Drug Interactions), the maximum recommended dosage is lower (20 mg a day).
It usually takes several weeks (perhaps even more than a month) before feeling the beneficial effects of Celexa. Try not to be discouraged if the medication does not work right away for you.
(Click Celexa Dosages for more information on using Celexa 20 mg tablets for treating depression. This article also discusses the factors that may affect your dosage and tips on effectively using the medication.)
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