Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide)
What is Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) used for?
Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) is an oral antidepressant used to treat patients who are suffering from depression or panic disorders. The medication operates by balancing levels of chemicals in the brain to prevent the occurrence of symptoms such as feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, or fatigue. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide)?
Follow your doctor`s instructions while using Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) to get the best results from treatment. The normal regimen is one daily dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Do not split or crush the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Always ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide)?
Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe headaches, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, faintness, hallucinations, vomiting, sore or stiff muscles, seizures, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced frequency of administration to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) should not be used to treat patients who are under the age of eighteen, lactose intolerant, who have taken an MAOI medication within the last two weeks, who have uncontrolled epilepsy or bipolar disorder. You are also suggested to inform your doctor if you are taking any medications that affect blood clotting, antipsychotic medications, under the age of twenty-five, if you have glaucoma, heart failure, epilepsy, a history of manic episodes, a history of suicidal behaviour, decreased liver function, or severely decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your prescription.
Strictly use Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Citalopram (Citalopram Hydrobromide) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.