... while I'm finally on the other side of the side effects, I know I'll need a stronger dose
Hi, jlm! This is from the Drugs.com literature:
"Celexa (citalopram HBr) should be administered at an initial dose of 20 mg once daily, with an increase to a maximum dose of 40 mg/day at an interval of no less than one week. Doses above 40 mg/day are not recommended due to the risk of QT prolongation. Additionally, the only study pertinent to dose response for effectiveness did not demonstrate an advantage for the 60 mg/day dose over the 40 mg/day dose."
Hope this helps! Wildcat
Yes jlm0509; My good friend WildcatVet is very good at helping people but don't worry it is pretty common for the doctor to start lower on these type of medications. Just what you said it can be brutal at the start. I just wanted to let you know that when the doctor does increase the dose the side effects are not nearly as bad. And another good thing about Celexa is after the first 1 to 2 weeks these side effects go away in 1 to 2 weeks and you are already 1/2 way to the peak blood level with this one it is shorter it only take 4 weeks to reach the blood level for most and by then you and the doctor will be able to tell if you need the dose changed. Please feel free to write back and let us know how you're doing or if you have any more questions. Chuck1957
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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