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Citalopram Medication Questions

Citalopram is a medication that treats adult depression and generally takes 4-6 weeks before a change in depression may be noticed. This medication may be used for other issues such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and diabetic neuropathy. While Citalopram is a common medication for depression, it may not be suitable for everyone. To learn more about Citalopram and how it works, take a look below at the questions answered by Experts.

Is 20mg of Citalopram considered to be a low dose?

In most cases, 20 mg is the initial dose for Citalopram. If a higher dose is required, the physician will make adjustments within a few weeks to better suit the patients needs. Increasing doses may create further health issues in some individuals. Some people may experience anxiety or become more anxious while taking the medication. If this occurs the doctor should be made aware of the issue. While most people using this antidepressant benefit from the use, others may not.

Should propranolol and Citalopram be taken together?

There is a possibility that Citalopram may actually heighten the effects of propanolol. If this occurs, the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure may become very low. The prescribing doctor should know the possible risk of using both medications and adjust the dose accordingly. Some people may require a combination of both medications to treat his/her current condition and should be monitored to ensure the heart rate and blood pressure is stable.

Many times a person will be instructed to take the propanolol in the morning and then again in the evening and take the Citalopram in the morning. By taking the doses in this manner there is less risk of becoming over medicated and lowering one's BP and heart rate.

Can xanax and Citalopram be taken together?

Xanax and Citalopram can generally be taken together if a doctor has prescribed the combination. When both medications are taken together these side effects become more enhanced causing marked drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and impaired balance. A person should avoid operating a car or other heavy machinery until they are aware of the potential side effects.

If a low dose of celexa (Citalopram) isn’t working can the dose be increased?

A person's doctor will usually adjust the Citalopram dose or opt for a different medication such as Lexapro, venlafaxine, or Mirtazapine. Typical medication changes require slow increase in dosages until the right dose is found. The medication is usually taken for at least two months to determine whether or not it will work. There are self help methods that may help calm anxiety issues while making the drug transition. The person's counselor can provide these options.

What are the side effects if an accidental dose of 80 mg instead of 40 mg is taken?

While it is important for a person to follow the dosing instructions, taking 80 mg a day should be safe based on the manufacturer studies. A person may become drowsier than normal and may want to sleep longer through the day. However, this medication will leave the system rather quick. This means the person can begin to take the appropriate dose as prescribed without issue.

Many people experience anxiety in combination with depression. The medication Citalopram is commonly used to ease anxiety and improve depression. Many medical and personal questions arise in regards to taking anti-depression medication. Many people worry about how the medication will affect the individual. If a person has questions or concerns regarding Citalopram, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight and suggestions
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