Celexa Addiction and Abuse
Celexa is used to treat a series of medical conditions including:
- Major depressive disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome
Celexa may be taken orally in tablet or liquid form. These tablets should never be crushed, opened or broken. Take this medication with or without food as directed by your doctor. The dosage will depend on your medical condition, your age, other medications you’re taking and your response to treatment. The maximum dosage of Celexa daily is 40 mg.
Never stop taking Celexa suddenly as withdrawal symptoms can occur. If you miss a dose of Celexa, skip the missed dose if it close to your next scheduled dose. Common side effects associated with Celexa including headache, drowsiness, dry mouth, numbness/tingling, memory or concentration problems, increased appetite, nausea, sleep problems, changes in weight or cold symptoms.
To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may advise you start taking this at a low dose and to gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Never increase your dose or take this drug more than prescribed. It’s important to understand that it can take up to four weeks to feel a benefit from Celexa.
Antidepressants don’t give the euphoric feeling that other drugs do meaning they can’t get you high. However, since this medication improves the mood, high doses of it might induce this euphoric feeling. Most antidepressant addiction is caused by increasing one’s prescribed dose when they feel a drug isn’t working well enough or fast enough. It is common for antidepressants to stop working overtime leading some people taking the drug to increase their dosage when they can’t reach normal relief.
Also, some people combine their antidepressant medication with other substances like alcohol to try to amplify its effects. Combining alcohol and antidepressants can lead to sedation, dangerously high blood pressure, worsened depression or even overdose.
Some signs of Celexa addiction include changes in appetite, strange sleep patterns, slurred speech or diminished appearance. For those struggling with Celexa addiction, there are many treatment centers throughout the United States that can help them to overcome their cravings and live a drug-free life.
Cleansing the body from substances is an important step of recovering from substance use disorder. However, it shouldn’t be done without proper medical supervision. If you’re seeking psychological addiction treatment, it’s best to enter a medical detox program that can help you safely transition into recovery.
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