One of the more common anxiety drug prescriptions is Celexa.This page shows you how well it works, it’s side-effects and what common dosages of it are.
The proper name for it is Citalopram and it is a member of a group of medications known as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).
As an SSRI, Celexa seeks to balance the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that has a say in the condition of your mood.
This balancing of serotonin can serve to offer it’s user a ‘feel good’ effect that sometimes ‘takes the edge off’ anxiety.
Like all drugs that are prescribed for anxiety, this has a positive effect on some people, yet others get nothing productive from it.
If you’re dead-set on taking drugs for social anxiety (which I believe to be a waste of time) then it’s really about trying different meds to see which suits you.
Are there side-effects to using
Yes – quite a few. And the higher your dosage gets (it will get higher as your body becomes immune to the drug) the more intense these side-effects will become.
|Frequent Urination||Lower Sex Drive|
|A Dry Mouth||Perspiration|
|Sexual Dysfunction||Memory Loss|
When starting to take Celexa for social anxiety, it’s not unheard of to find that you start vomiting. This is the receptors in your digestive system rejecting the medication – but these receptors soon adapt and the vomiting doesn’t continue.
This drug also comes with a warning that it
increase suicidal thinking and behaviour in people aged under
The withdrawal symptoms and side-effects feel awful, but they’re not actually as harmful as they feel. You won’t die because of Celexa, nor will your long-term health be impacted.
What are the regular dosages
of Celexa for reducing anxiety?
20mg per day is a pretty standard starting dose. The target is often to begin at 20mg and work your way up to 40mg per day. It’s not unheard of for some people to get up to 60mg per day.
These dosages all sound very high to me, and given the possible side-effects, I advise you to avoid this drug (and all anxiety drugs) like the plague.
3 facts about Celexa
- The effect it has is often described as “sedating”
- The price of this medication is amongst the cheapest at 0.5 – 2 US dollars per pill
- It’s often 1 dose in the morning and 1 more dose at night; with or without food.
- Some studies have been conducted on it’s effectiveness
- It cannot be taken for long periods of time
Medication Cannot Cure
A Behavioural Disorder!
Social anxiety disorder is a behavioural problem. You created it with your own behaviour. This means that drugs like celexa don’t work long term for solving it. Rather follow a plan for reducing social anxiety naturally in your life.