Can You Get a Citalopram Prescription Online?
Depression can be a debilitating mental illness that affects every aspect of your life. You may wonder what options you have in terms of medications. Citalopram is one alternative that may be right for you. Find out more here about how it works, it’s possible side effects, how it can help you get you back on track and how to get a prescription online.
Can You Get a Citalopram Prescription Online?
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What is Citalopram?
Citalopram, also known as Celexa, is a medication that is used to treat depression. It’s known as a type of drug called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Citalopram may help to improve your feelings of well-being and increase your energy level. It can also be used to treat conditions such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, menopause, and hot flashes.
How Does Citalopram work?
Citalopram and other SSRIs all work in a similar way. They help to increase the levels of serotonin produced your brain. Citalopram helps to restore the balance of serotonin in your brain and can improve the symptoms of depression.
Citalopram Dosage and Treatment
Citalopram is commonly prescribed as a dosage to be taken once a day in the morning or the evening. It can be taken with or without food. It can up to 4 weeks before you see your symptoms improve.
Be sure to take your medication exactly as prescribed and don’t use more medication than was recommended by your doctor. If your symptoms don’t improve after 4 weeks, your doctor may need to adjust your dose. Don’t stop taking citalopram suddenly. It can have unwanted side effects. Your doctor can instruct you on how to stop taking citalopram safely.
Benefits of Citalopram
Citalopram has been used successfully to treat other disorders such as panic disorder, social phobias, eating disorders, and alcoholism. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication for your condition.
Side Effects of Citalopram
Most commonly, side effects of citalopram are mild. Some of the most common side effects may include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of appetite
- Less common side effects may include:
- Blurred vision
- Increased urination
- Memory loss
- Menstrual changes
- Teeth grinding
Considerations and Precautions of Citalopram
Be sure to talk with your doctor about all your current medications. This includes any vitamins, herbal supplements, and any non-prescription medications. Some precautions for this medication may include:
- It’s possible that this medication could increase your risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors. If you experience any worsening symptoms of depression or unusual changes in mood, report any concerning behaviors to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Citalopram can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Don’t drive a car or drink alcohol until you know how this medication affects you.
- Don’t take this medication is you are on pimozide.
Before starting citalopram, you’ll want to make sure that it’s safe for you. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- History of Long QT syndrome
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Bipolar disorder
- Seizure disorder
- Kidney or liver disease
- Blood clotting or bleeding disorder
- Narrow-angle glaucoma
- History of drug abuse
- History of suicidal ideation
If you’ve had thoughts about suicide before starting an SSRI such as citalopram, your doctor will want to check your progress periodically with regular checkups. Your family and other caregivers should also keep a look out for any sudden changes in your behavior or mood.
A drug interaction with Citalopram may increase your risk of side effects or change how the medication works for you. Some products that may interact with this medication include drugs that can cause bleeding or bruising such as NSAIDS, blood thinners, or clopidogrel. Aspirin may also increase your risk of bleeding if used in combination with this drug. Consult with your doctor if you take a low-dose aspirin for stroke or heart attack prevention.
Don’t begin taking citalopram if you have used any MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days. Examples of MAO inhibitors include selegiline, rasagiline, methylene blue injection, isocarboxazid, and phenelzine.
There is a risk of getting serotonin syndrome/toxicity if you take citalopram in conjunction with drugs that increase your serotonin levels. Some examples include herbs like St. John’s wort, street drugs like MDMA (ecstasy), and SSRIs such as fluoxetine.
If you're interested in getting a citalopram prescription online book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor to see if it's right for you. If the doctor finds that you can benefit from citalopram, they will electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy. Click here to book an appointment today.
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