My son is 13yrs old and 125lbs, he was just put on Celexa 20mg for depression and suicidal thoughts. I have read everywhere that this is not a drug for children. Can someone explain to me why doctors are putting him on this instead of Lexapro, which is safe for children?
HI, ALLYSON!! fIRST, EXCEPT FOR single checmical step Celexa and Lexapro are essentially cousins in their actions and both are safe under a doctor and caregiver's strict supervision. This warning actually applies to ALL antidepressants used in teens and young adults and the the incidence of negative thoughts and suicidal ideations occurs in about 2 ~ 3% of users.
*Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using Lexapro. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.*
I found this warning on every antidepressant I checked ~ Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Prozac, etc.
Your son'r doctor must feel the potential benefits far outweigh the risk, but you can always request a different prescription if you feel more comfortable.
My best wishes to you both and I hope all goes well and your son feels better soon.
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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