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Celexa Anxiety


Celexa Anxiety drug is one of the most widely used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market today. It is used primarily as an anxiolytic and as an anti-depressant, although it can also be used to treat mood disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.

The actual name for the Celexa anxiety drug is citalopram, although it is also known as nitalapram.  It is marketed as Cipramil in Europe and Talohexane in Australia.  It is taken orally, and is not actually metabolized by the body (which means that when it leaves your system, it leaves in much the same condition, chemically, as when it went in).

Uses and Functionality of Celex Anxiety Drug

SSRIs are classes of medication, which the Celexa anxiety drug falls under, that, for practical purposes, increase the level of serotonin in the brain.  It is believed that in people who have anxiety disorders, one of the causes of the issue is the synapses not registering the serotonin.  By increasing the amount that is floating around between the synapses, the SSRIs increase the likelihood that the synapses will register the serotonin, thus balancing out the effect.

The primary functionality of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like the Celexa anxiety medication is to increase the extra cellular level of serotonin (a neurological chemical whose lack is believed to be linked to depression) by preventing it from "reuptaking" into the presynaptic cell. They have no or only weak effects at other monoamine transporters, and so therefore don't have much influence on neurotransmitters other than serotonin.  This makes them different from the older, tricyclic anti-depressants (TCA), and also is the reason they're called "selective".  SSRIs are usually safer than TCAs, since it takes a much higher dose to become toxic, and they don't' have as many side effects. 

Side Effects of Celexa Anxiety

Some side effects of celexa anxiety drug may include feeling sick, fatigue, drowsiness, sweating, low level muscle spasms, headaches, dry mouth, agitation or nervousness, constipation (or, in some cases, diarrhea), dizziness, insomnia, blurred vision, heart arrhythmia, a feeling of weakness, and sexual side effects.  These side effects are present in slightly more than 10 percent of users, but only as a whole; in other words, while one or two of the side effects is present, not all of them are. 

SSRIs are not generally considered addictive, although there is a condition known as "SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome", including both somatic and psychological withdrawal symptoms.  While some few patients are never able to fully withdraw from the drugs, the symptoms are generally considered less harmful than those of opiates or alcohol. 

There are also some extremely rare side effects to use, such as suicidal behavior, allergic reactions, fainting spells, mood changes, coughing, convulsions, and muscle spasms/pain, although these rare side effecst are present in only less than 1 percent of all users of the medicine, and even then they are generally only present in the few weeks before the anti-depressant qualities of the drug, which take some time taking the drug to begin, take effect. 

Nevertheless Celexa, like all medications, should only be prescribed by a qualified mental health professional, and only as part of a comprehensive course of treatment.

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