The most effective Celexa dosage typically depends on various individual factors such as age, medical condition, overall physical condition, sex, mental health history, and other medications one may be taking.
What Is Celexa?
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is an antidepressant prescription medication that is also used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and other conditions.
Celexa is available in 20 mg tablets, 40 mg tablets, and a 10 ml/mg peppermint flavored solution.
It is typically taken once daily in the morning or evening. It can be taken with or without food.
For adults suffering from depression, a common starting dose is often 20 mg once daily. The maintenance dose does not typically exceed over 40 mg daily or 60 mg daily, although doses greater than 40 mg are not shown to be more effective than 60 mg.
For younger patients, the elderly, and those with liver problems, the starting dose is usually 20 mg but is only increased if absolutely necessary.
Depending on the effectiveness and reported side effects, your prescribing doctor may choose to increase your dose if symptoms continue or decrease it if side effects become too debilitating.
In addition, adjustments can be made with respect to medication times in order to find optimum effectiveness.
Only take Celexa as prescribed by your doctor. Do not mix with alcohol.
Do not adjust your dose without working in conjunction with your prescribing doctor. Do not abruptly discontinue this medication or Celexa withdrawal may result.
When discontinuing Celexa, your doctor must gradually reduce your dose over time. Do not attempt to discontinue this medication on your own.
Do not share your medication with others, and do not take any medications that are specifically prescribed for you by your doctor.
If you experience any adverse side effects, report them to your prescribing doctor immediately. It is especially important to report to your doctor any increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors, anxiety, aggression, restlessness, severe insomnia, mood swings, hallucinations, vomiting, confusion, fever, seizures, fainting, or coma.
If the side effects are serious enough, especially when it comes to sucidical thoughts or behaviors, you should seek immediate medication attention at your nearest hospital emergency room in order to help stabilize your symptoms. Once you are discharged from the ER, follow up with your prescribing doctor.