Mixing Citagen with Alcohol
Although Citagen does not increase the effects of alcohol, drinking while taking prescription drugs is likely to make any side effects of the medication worse. In medical trials, some users experienced alcohol intolerance, or immediate unpleasant reactions after drinking such as stuffy nose and skin flushing. 1,2
In general, alcohol can make depression worse and drinking while taking antidepressants is not recommended. 1
3. Who can and can't take Citagen
Citagen can be taken by adults and children over the age of 12 years.
Check with your doctor before starting to take Citagen if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Citagen or any other medicines in the past
- have a heart problem - Citagen can speed up or change your heartbeat
- have ever taken any other medicines for depression - some rarely used antidepressants can interact with Citagen to cause very high blood pressure, even when they have been stopped for a few weeks
- are trying to become pregnant, already pregnant or breastfeeding
- have an eye condition called glaucoma - Citagen can increase the pressure in your eye
- have epilepsy or are having electroconvulsive treatment – Citagen may increase your risk of having a seizure
If you have diabetes, Citagen can make it more difficult to keep your blood sugar stable.
Monitor your blood sugar more often for the first few weeks of treatment with Citagen and adjust your diabetes treatment if necessary.
Why it's used
Citagen is used to treat depression. It may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Q: I take Citagen for depression. Can it make me gain weight?
A: Many antidepressants are reported to cause weight gain, especially when used for more than six months. A change in weight and appetite is one of the reported side effects of Citagen (Celexa). A loss of appetite is listed as a serious side effect that should be reported to your doctor right away; increased hunger leading to rapid weight gain has been reported in some patients and is considered less serious. Since the effects of antidepressants vary from person to person, it's best to discuss with your doctor any specific and bothersome side effects you're experiencing. For more information, go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Citagen. Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD
ВїCГіmo se debe usar este medicamento?
La presentaciГіn del Citagen es en tabletas y en una soluciГіn (lГquido) para administrarse por vГa oral. Por lo general se toma una vez al dГa, por la maГ±ana o por la noche, con o sin alimentos. Tome el Citagen aproximadamente a la misma hora todos los dГas. Siga cuidadosamente las instrucciones del prospecto de su medicamento recetado y pГdales a su mГ©dico o a su farmacГ©utico que le expliquen cualquier cosa que no entienda. Tome el Citagen segГєn lo indicado. No aumente ni disminuya la dosis, ni la tome con mГЎs frecuencia que la indicada por su mГ©dico.
Es probable que su mГ©dico le recete al principio una dosis baja de Citagen y, luego, la aumente en forma gradual, no mГЎs de una vez a la semana.
Es posible que transcurran entre 1 y 4 semanas para que sienta los beneficios totales del Citagen. Siga tomando el Citagen aunque se sienta bien. Si deja de tomar Citagen repentinamente, es posible que experimente sГntomas de abstinencia como cambios del estado de ГЎnimo, irritabilidad, agitaciГіn, mareos, entumecimiento, hormigueo o sensaciones de choque elГ©ctrico en las manos o los pies, ansiedad, confusiГіn, dolor de cabeza, cansancio, nГЎuseas, sudoraciГіn, temblor, y dificultad para dormir o para permanecer dormido. No deje de tomar Citagen sin consultar a su mГ©dico. Es probable que el mГ©dico opte por disminuirle gradualmente la dosis.
Long-Term Psychological Changes from Citagen Abuse
Some people may experience “Prozac poop-out,” a condition that occurs when an SSRI like Citagen suddenly becomes less effective after months or years. A person may take Celexa every day, as prescribed, and respond well until suddenly one day, they do not, leading to a relapse in depression symptoms. People who experience this phenomenon can increase the dose or switch to another antidepressant with a different mechanism of action. 6
Is Citagen safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Exposure of neonates to Citagen in the third trimester may cause complications.
Citagen is excreted in breast milk. Breastfeeding by a Citagen treated woman may cause adverse effects in the infant.
Linezolid or Methylene Blue Therapy
- Not for administration to patients that are receiving linezolid or IV methylene blue; consider other forms of therapy; if therapy required and benefits outweigh risks discontinue Citagen therapy, administer linezolid or methylene blue and monitor for serotonin syndrome for 2 weeks or 24 hr after last dose of linezolid or methylene blue
Citagen (Celexa) is an antidepressant in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Prescribed under the brand name Celexa, Citagen is used to treat depression and sometimes prescribed for alcoholism, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social phobia, or eating disorders. 1,2
SSRI antidepressants like Citagen adjust the levels of serotonin in the brain, keeping them stable. SSRIs take between 1 and 4 weeks to become fully effective. 2
Q: What would happen if I stopped taking my Citagen all at once, without easing off it slowly?
A: Citagen is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This class of drugs can cause serious withdrawal side effects if you stop using them suddenly. Don't stop using Citagen without first talking to your doctor. You may have unpleasant side effects if you stop taking this medication suddenly. For more information, go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Citagen. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Physical And Psychological Dependence
Animal studies suggest that the abuse liability of Celexa is low. Celexa has not been systematically studied in humans for its potential for abuse, tolerance, or physical dependence. The premarketing clinical experience with Celexa did not reveal any drug-seeking behavior. However, these observations were not systematic and it is not possible to predict, on the basis of this limited experience, the extent to which a CNS-active drug will be misused, diverted, and/or abused once marketed. Consequently, physicians should carefully evaluate Celexa patients for history of drug abuse and follow such patients closely, observing them for signs of misuse or abuse (e.g., development of tolerance, incrementations of dose, drug-seeking behavior).
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Celexa (Citagen Hydrobromide)
Rated Citagen (Celexa) for Anxiety Report
HORRIBLE! I’ve so far only taken 1 20mg tablet. I took it last night around 7:40pm with food. By 9:30 I had horrible nausea and heart burn. My legs and body began trembling like I was having a seizure beyond my control until I slept. I had to take Gravol (anti nausea medication) and melatonin in order to fall asleep around 11:40. Woke up around 8:30am the next day feeling fine until 9:30, when I became nauseous again, the tremors came back, and I got extremely bad heart burn, my whole chest burning. I took Gravol again to hopefully sleep it off, but haven’t been able to fall asleep. My whole chest is burning, and I have extremely bad hunger pains but the nausea is too bad to eat. It’s currently 1:02pm, and I am never taking this drug ever again. It’s important to note that I am only 17yrs old, and my doctor prescribed this to me because I’ve been having persistent nausea for 6 months, she thinks it’s anxiety. 100% would never, ever try this drug again, it only made me worse.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These aren't all the side effects of Citagen.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.