Celexa side effects can range from relatively harmless to potentially life-threatening if not properly monitored.
Common side effects of Celexa may include nausea or upset stomach, dry mouth, drowsiness, insomnia or sleep disturbances, sweating, shaking or tremors,
Other common side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, yawning, loss of appetite, Celexa weight changes, muscle weakness or pain, and sexual side effects.
More serious side effects of Celexa may include an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors, anxiety, aggression, restlessness, severe insomnia, mood swings, hallucinations, vomiting, confusion, fever, seizures, fainting, or coma.
These symptoms could be an indication of serotonin syndrome which is a dangerous condition that occurs when the body produces too much serotonin.
Signs of a potential allergic reaction may include skin disturbances such as hives or rash, wheezing or difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained swelling in any body parts especially the tongue, face, hands, legs, feet, or ankles.
What Is Celexa?
It is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms of depression. It is a member of a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRI's work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the body. Depression is thought to be caused by an imbalance of serotonin in the body.
Abruptly discontinuing this medication or missing a few doses may result in withdrawal.
Some clinical trials indicate that antidepressant use by children, teens, and young adults may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Read the full warning about antidepressants and suicide. Great caution should be granted when prescribing Celexa for teens or young adults.
In addition, there is a link between taking antidepressants in pregnancy and an increased risk of birth defects, miscarriages, and various health problems in newborns. Read this warning about antidepressants and pregnancy.
Report any adverse side effects to your doctor right away. If serious enough, you may need to seek immediate medical attention. Contact 911 or report to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience any suicidal thoughts or suicidal behaviors.
The psychiatrists and doctors at the hospital can conduct a safety assessment, make a safety determination, and make arrangements for follow up care. If necessary, you may need to be admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit in order to stabilize your symptoms.
Once discharged, arrangements will be made for outpatient care.