Anonymous asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 1 decade ago

What does this medicine do?

Its called "Citalopram HBR 20 MG TABLETINW". It was prescribed from my doctor to me and i was wondering what it was for. I mean i know its for my depression but like what does this drug do basically? How long will it take for my depression to be gone completely? It started in 2005 during the summer and now its just getting worse my doctor said its developing slowly how long will it take to get rid of it? and plus what does this medicine do?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    US Brand Name: Celexa

    Other Brand Names: Cipramil (Australia & UK)

    Generic Name: citalopram hydrobromide

    Typical Side Effects: headache, nausea, dry mouth, sweating, sleepiness or insomnia, and diarrhea or constipation, weight gain, loss of libido. Most everything but the weight gain and loss of libido usually goes away within a couple of weeks.

    Not So Common Side Effects: Tremor, acne, disruption in your menstrual cycle.

    How Long Celexa Takes to Work: Like all SSRIs anywhere from a couple days to over a month. If you don't feel any positive benefit after six weeks, then you should talk to your doctor about either another SSRI or trying a med that hits another neurotransmitter.

    How to Stop Taking Celexa: Your doctor should be recommending that you reduce your dosage by by 10-20mg a day every 6-8 days if you need to stop taking it if you need to stop taking it, if not more slowly than that. Make that 10-20mg a day every week just to make things easier on everyone.

  • 1 decade ago

    Citalopram is an antidepressant medication that affects neurotransmitters, the chemical transmitters within the brain. Neurotransmitters manufactured and released by nerves attach to adjacent nerves and alter their activities. Thus, neurotransmitters can be thought of as the communication system of the brain. Many experts believe that an imbalance among neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. Citalopram works by preventing the uptake of one neurotransmitter, serotonin, by nerve cells after it has been released. Such uptake is an important mechanism for removing released neurotransmitters and terminating their actions on adjacent nerves. The reduced uptake caused by citalopram results in more free serotonin in the brain to stimulate nerve cells.

  • 1 decade ago

    not sure about that med but if it don't work try this........Causes

    The causes of depression are not always known. Research shows the tendency to develop depression may be inherited and that an uneven balance of mood-influencing chemicals in the brain can play a role. People who have a poor self-image, who view themselves negatively, or who are easily overwhelmed by life challenges may be more likely than others to experience depression. A serious loss, chronic illness, difficult relationship, or unwelcome change can trigger depression.


    Depression involves a set of symptoms that can last for months and sometimes years. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better.

    The two major symptoms of depression include a depressed mood and an inability to enjoy life. Depression may also include:


    Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or difficulty sleeping)

    Change in appetite (eating too much or too little, sometimes weight gain or weight loss)

    Poor concentration

    Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

    General irritability

    Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempt

    Vague physical aches and pains, such as stomachaches and headaches

    Excessive crying


    Treatment for depression can include counseling, medications, or both. If you take medication, you should feel better within 4 to 6 weeks. Counseling can give you support and strategies for coping. With the treatment of depression, recovery is the rule—not the exception.

    Share your treatment plan with people close to you. Talk to friends and relatives and explain what you are going through.

    Take medications exactly they way they are prescribed. You may be tempted to stop taking your medications too soon. However, it is important to keep taking them until your doctor says to stop, even if you begin feeling better. Keep in mind that it may take 2 to 4 weeks to see a noticeable change.

    Report any unusual medication side effects to your doctor, especially if the side effects interfere with your ability to function.

    Keep all follow-up appointments you have with your doctor or therapist. Do not miss an appointment, even if you are feeling better that day.

    Schedule pleasant activities into your day. People tend to feel better when they are doing activities they enjoy.


    Set realistic goals for yourself, and avoid taking on a great deal of responsibility.

    Divide your workload. Break large tasks into small ones, set priorities, and don’t be hard on yourself if you are unable to get everything finished.

    Do activities that make you feel better, such as exercising moderately, going to a movie, or attending social events.

    Do not expect to “snap out” of your depression. Instead, help yourself as much as you can and do not blame yourself for not being up to par.

    Contact your doctor if your symptoms aren’t improving. Most people begin feeling better within a couple of weeks.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Citalopram (brand name Celexa) is an anti-depressant.

    It requires a number of weeks to have full effect.

    If left untreated, depression will get worse.

    If the Celexa is not working for you, tell your doctor you want something else prescribed to you. Counselling could help too.

    I'm sorry I don't know the exact mechanisms for Celexa.

    It is one of the more "mild" anti-depressants

    Source(s): I'm a pharmacy technician
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  • It's the Generic form of Celexa


    (citalopram hydrobromide)

    Tablets/Oral Solution

    Rx Only

    Patient Information from WebMD

    • Celexa is sometimes used to treat anxiety and depression.

    Visit WebMD for additional health information on anxiety and depression.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is a sedative drug to reduce depression. What you have to realize is that every drug that helps with one thing-hinders in anoter way. The best thing to do is ask your dr. to give you a complete run down of all side effects.

  • 1 decade ago

    why wouldnt you just ask your doctor when he gave it to you?

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