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Celexa, generic called citalopram, is the latest antidepressant approved by the FDA. Of all the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) it is the most selective acting on serotonin of the drug class. Celexa has been used in Europe for ten years with a total of 8 million people prescribed to it. It has tested as least as well as Prozac and is also very similar to Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox.

Not everyone will respond well to Celexa. Like all antidepressants you should work with your doctor to find the one that matches your lifestyle and condition. Many patients respond in seven days reporting a lifted mood.

Celexa is considered a broad spectrum psychotropic. In addition to helping depression, it has also been indicated in the treatment of panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), although these are considered off label applications since the FDA has yet to approve those uses. Higher doses may be necessary to treat OCD.

This new SSRI is considered well tolerated by most people with few side effects. Most people are happy to hear there is no weight gain side effect. The most common experience may be nausea when starting the medication but for most people, this will fade away with regular usage. Starting off slowly with half dosages may be one way to break into the drug. On the sedation scale, it is more sedating than Prozac and Zoloft and less so Paxil. As a result of these and other advantages, Celexa has become a favored treatment for the geriatric population as well as for children with OCD. It mixes well with other drugs too so it may be taking in combination with a number of other psychotropics.

Source: Mental Health & Illness, Owen Kelly/About.com

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