Celexa (Citalopram) is a relatively new drug used in the treatment of depression. It also is a useful agent in the treatment in severe anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and premenstrual stress. Current estimates indicate that more than 30 million individuals have been treated with Celexa over the past decade. Numerous clinical trials have been undertaken and the drug has been found to be relatively safe. Even though numerous adverse reactions have been reported with the drug, most physicians believe that there is no casual relationship with Celexa use.
The list of adverse reactions reported after the use of Celexa include:
Heart: fast or slow heart rates, low blood pressure, chest pain
Brain: headaches, dizziness, leg cramps, disordered gait, tremors and muscle rigidity
Hormone: hypothyroidism, goiter, breast enlargement in males (gynecomastia)
Abdomen: increase saliva, excessive gas, teeth grinding, hiccups, bloating
General - hot flushes, alcohol intolerance, influenza-like symptoms.
Blood: nose and gum bleeding
Nutritional: decreased weight, thirst, high sugars, dehydration
Joints: muscle weakness, bone pain
Psychiatric Disorders: lack of concentration, confusion, worsening of depression, suicidal tendencies, aggressive behavior and paranoia
In addition, individuals who take Celexa have reported a wide range of skin lesions. However, it is generally believed that there is no relationship between Celexa and the majority of the skin lesions. The skin conditions are believed to be coincidental.
Nevertheless, the skin lesions include:
- sun sensitivity
- skin discoloration
- skin dryness
- excessive hair growth
The majority of the skin adverse reactions disappear when the drug is stopped. However, any severe skin reaction needs to be reported to the physician. Celexa is generally considered safe and well-tolerated in the therapeutic dose range of 20 to 60 mg/day. A physician must always monitor a patient taking Celexa.