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depression - antidepressant ssri
Condition for which this medication is usually prescribedDepression
Short description of this conditionDepression is more than a few bad days in a row or just feeling down. Someone who suffers from depression may have a variety of symptoms. A doctor will be able to confirm whether or not you are suffering from depression.
Effect of this medicationCitalopram works on the brain. It binds to certain parts and ensures an increase in the concentration of serotonin. In depression, the amount of serotonin produced in the brain is often greatly reduced. Other, different anti-depressants work on other chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and noradrenaline. An imbalance of the other chemicals can have an influence on how you feel. It is not yet possible to measure these chemicals in the brain which means it can be difficult for the doctor to know which anti-depressant will work best for you. Citalopram is a medicine that only works on serotonin. Because serotonin is not the only chemical active in the brain there may also be some other side effects. Serotonin also plays a role in the stomach and bowels as well as in sleep.
Advice on this conditionIt is important to take this medicine for at least 4 weeks as it can take this long before you start to feel its effects.
Common side effectsInsomnia, nausea.
Advice with regard to these side effectsThe effect of citalopram is usually only noticeable after 4 weeks. Sometimes, during these first weeks, a sedative is also prescribed so that you suffer fewer side effects.
Any other expert information?If you want to stop taking anti-depressants, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about it first. You must not just stop taking these tablets, but decrease them gradually over a number of weeks. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist to organise your own withdrawal plan. The use of anti-depressants in those younger than 24 is associated with an increased risk of suicide. In general, the use of anti-depressants in those younger than 24 is not recommended.