Celexa (citalopram) is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It works by regulating the levels of serotonin that is a neurotransmitter known to be involved in many bodily functions, including improving our mood, making us calm, and restoring sleep patterns.
Along with Celexa’s needed effects, some patients report adverse symptoms. Have a look at the infographic which shows general side effects of the drug. Experiencing mild uncomfortable symptoms is normal as it is a reaction of your body to the new substances and their actions. They subside during treatment as the body adjusts to the medicine.
However, if they don’t go away or become severe, you should discuss this with your health care provider. AddictionResource authors say one should seek medical help right away in case of headache with chest pain, severe dizziness, feeling like you might pass out, fast or irregular heartbeat, high fever, fatigue, vomiting, or other serious effects that escalate quickly.
To reduce the risk of the mentioned effects, doctors direct their patients to start taking Celexa at a low dose and gradually increase it. Weaning off the drug should be gradual, too. If you stop taking citalopram suddenly, you will be likely to feel withdrawal symptoms.