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Citalopram: Drug Description

Citalopram is an antidepressant drug used for the treatment of depression in adults. Citalopram helps reduce the symptoms of depression, among which are the following:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Physical pain
  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling worthless
  • Having suicidal thoughts
In addition to treating depression symptoms, Citalopram also reduces the chances of depression relapse.

Your doctor may also recommend off-label uses of Citalopram, which include the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia, panic disorder, and premature ejaculation.

Mechanism of Action

Active component citalopram, which is an antidepressant drug belonging to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class. It works by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain. When serotonin levels are unbalanced, it can cause depression and a variety of other conditions. Citalopram is often used along with psychotherapy. Keep in mind that Citalopram take several weeks to begin working. The physical symptoms of depression usually improve first, within the first few weeks of treatment. It may take 4 to 6 weeks before improvement of psychological symptoms occurs.

Proper Use

Citalopram tablets should be taken orally usually once a day. If it causes sleeping problems, take it in the morning. If it makes you sleepy, take in at bedtime.

It is important to take Citalopram regularly to keep an even level of citalopram in our body. The standard recommended dosage of Citalopram for depression is 20 mg taken once daily. However, your dosage may be adjusted if side effects occur or if your depression does not respond to Citalopram. The maximum daily dosage of Citalopram is 60 mg taken once daily. Larger doses of Citalopram have not shown to be more effective and may increase the risk of side effects.

Before taking generic Citalopram, make sure your doctor knows if you have liver problems or are taking other medications. For people with liver problems, the maximum dosage of Citalopram is 20 mg daily. For people greater than 60 years of age, the dosage of Citalopram is also lower.

Your dosage of Citalopram may also differ from the standard dosages if you are taking some other medications that may interact with Citalopram.

Do not stop taking Citalopram suddenly, as withdrawal symptoms may occur. Your dosage need to be reduced gradually.

You will find more information on how Citalopram should be used in the Patient Information Leaflet. Read the leaflet carefully before using Citalopram. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about your dosage of Citalopram.