WELL, I mean, where could she have gotten it because as far as I know she has not seen a doctor or had a prescription.
Used for Depression or panic attacks
Also called Cipramil®
Available as Tablets
its not an ilegal drug if she has had it off the dr, which you need to find out from her.
Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine What can I do if I experience this
Feeling or being sick, diarrhoea Eat little and often. Stick to simple foods such as dry toast and drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids
Sleepiness, dizziness, weakness Make sure your reactions are normal before driving, operating machinery or doing any other jobs which could be dangerous if you were not fully alert
Dry mouth Try chewing sugar-free gum, pieces of ice or sugar-free sweets
Headache Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable pain-killer. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor
Increased sweating, shakiness, difficulty focusing, difficulty sleeping, agitation, nervousness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight changes, being aware of your heart beating, 'pins and needles', difficulty concentrating, anxiety, confusion, runny nose, sexual difficulties, indigestion, stomach pain, feeling faint, and difficulties in passing water Speak with your doctor if any of these become troublesome. hope this helps...
Citalopram is a prescription medication that is licensed to treat depression in adults. By balancing the levels of a certain chemical in the brain, the medicine is effective in improving the symptoms of depression.
You could read in details about Citalopram on: http://www.medicinenet.com/citalopram/article.htm
Wish you & your daughter well!
Citalopram is not considered a Controlled substance or a "narcotic" but any drug that is transferred to someone without a prescription is an illegal act whether it was given to her or sold to her. It may well be time to talk to your daughter about the dangers of taking medications and impose upon her that taking ANY drug that is not sold over the counter but by prescription only is illegal to have or take without a legal prescription from the Dr. Even if someone just gave her the medicine, not sold it to her, it is illegal for her to have it or take it and it is a Federal offense. You may also want to ask her why she wanted to take it in the first place. Was she wanting to take it just to "feel good" or perhaps for the "high" See if perhaps she is feeling depressed and thought maybe it would help her.
One dose wont help-it has to be taken regularly for 4-6 weeks before benefits are seen but if she IS feeling depressed then she might benefit from a visit to the Dr or a therapist. Depression in teens is nothing to ignore. (of couse I'm assuming she is a teen, you dont say how old she is but depression in anyone, really, is nothing to ignore) This is also a good time to discuss the dangers of dabbling in drugs especially if she is young. Use of prescription drugs illegally by teens (and others) is at an all time high and the peer pressure to try medications for recreational use is very prevalent. Try to approach her in a casual non accusatory manner so you hopefully, can obtain information without her becoming too defensive. Tell her you love her and you are very concerned about her welfare. Let her know it is not unusual to be curious about drugs especially as she sees other kids doing it and may just want to be trying to fit in. That is often the reason for teens to begin dabbling in drugs. Starting with prescription drugs could lead to using other drugs like marijuana, heroin, PCP, cocaine, meth, ecstacy and a host of others. Some prescription drugs can lead to death. We have all heard stories of someone using drugs like OxyContin or morphine and dying. Impose upon her the dangers of these drugs and that all drugs like this are available by prescription oly for a reason. They can be dangerous when not being supervised by a doctor. She may even tell you it belonged to someone else and maybe it did but it still gives you a good opportunity to talk to her and let her ask questions if she is curious about drugs. If you dont know the answers then tell her that you dont know but you can find out together. If you have questions you cant answer, your pharmacist is a very good resource for prescription drug questions. We here on DDC have some very knowledgeable folks and of course there is a wealth of information on line about drugs. The DEA website contains a lot of good info and so does the FDA site as well as our DDC. The Rx List is another good resource and I also like paintopics.org. It has a LOT of info on drugs both legal and some illegal. It is very disconcerting to find drugs in your childs possesion but think of it as a good learning opportunity and a good time for a heart-to-heart mother/daughter talk.
Dear depremom, I had a friend that once came over with that same medication. She offered it to me to lose weight. I did accept it because I am one caution person regarding mixing meds from prior expierence. Your daughter may be using that to try to lose weight. Not a good thing. Especially, if it was NOT prescribed to her. Good luck.
No this is not an illegal drug it is celexa for depression. I can not answer where your daughter has gotten the drug, you will have to approach her yourself and see if she has any depression problems. And 20 mg of it is the usual amount as well to take. I use to be on it. Please talk to her thank you. I do not have to list side effects due to other responses has done so.
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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