The primary use of Citalopram is to help treat depression. The drug belongs to a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These types of medications are said to work by helping to increase the activity of a specific chemical in the brain called serotonin.
What are some of the possible side effects you might face if you decide to use Citalopram?
Allergic Reactions-Symptoms would include a hard time breathing, a skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips tongue or throat
Mood or Behavior changes
Eye pain or swelling
Seeing halos around lights
Headache with chest pain and severe dizziness
Fast or pounding heartbeats
Severe nervous system reaction – very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out
High levels of serotonin in the body – agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting
Low levels of sodium in the body – headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, feeling unsteady
What are some of the more common side effects to using this medication?
Sleep problems (insomnia)
Loss of appetite
Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough
Changes in weight
Decreased sex drive
Difficulty having an orgasm
How do you know if this medication is right for you?
If you have depression, then you’re going to feel a sense of sluggishness you’ve never felt before. Depression causes you to feel very low about yourself and on top of this it makes it very hard for you to do simple things that really don’t require any energy at all. People around you who see this are going to notice the difference. In fact they’ll start helping you, but the problem is you’ll be on a drain on them after a while and they won’t want to deal with you anymore.
Someone who suffers from depression doesn’t have the energy to do anything, because their too caught up in whatever world they’ve created that has them feeling so down. It’s very hard to breakthrough to such a person, because they want to wallow in their feelings. Depression becomes like a big energy drainer that will consume all a person cares about if they don’t find a way to get it in order. A medication such as Citalopram works well to help a person combat depression.
Sure, there are other options out there but with this medication you’re dealing with something that’s proven. You’re dealing with something that has minimal side effects as long as you use it the right way. In order to know whether or not you’d be a good fit for this drug you’ll need to know just how severe your depression is first. There might be other options you can use before you decide to use Citalopram.
Depression is going to range from person to person in terms of severity. You really need to have a level of depression that at least mild and more than something that’s just momentary. If you can understand this it will go a long way in determining whether or not this treatment would be suited for you. Also, you need to look at your medical history to see how you responded to depression medication in the past (assuming you’ve used it before). If you’ve used any sort of medication in the past for depression, then this will be looked at by a doctor in order to see just how well you responded to it then.