How to Treat Depression with Celexa


If you are one of the 25 million men and women who have been diagnosed with depression, it’s important to know that there are several forms of treatment that can help you overcome this serious mental illness.

Treatments may include an antidepressant, a combination of more than one medication, and psychotherapy or "talk therapy."

One prescription medication that a doctor may prescribe is an antidepressant medication called Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide).

Medication Class

Celexa belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This type of antidepressant medication targets and works on a chemical in the brain called serotonin, which, for reasons not fully understood, helps regulate mood.


Unlike other SSRIs, Celexa is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in adults only; it has not been proven to be safe or effective in pediatric patients with depression.


Celexa is available in tablet form and in three different doses: 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg. It is also available as a peppermint-flavored oral solution.

Adverse Events

Celexa can cause side effects in some people. For example, antidepressant medications such as Celexa may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some people, especially within the first few months of treatment.

Other common side effects may include drowsiness, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, dry mouth, cold-like symptoms, increased sweating or urination, changes in weight and decrease in sex drive.

Like any medication, it’s important to talk with your physician to determine the best way to take Celexa and to report any bothersome side effects.



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