Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Celexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Celexa may be mildly effective at managing neuropathic pain. Celexa is also known by its drug name, Citalopram.
Celexa is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Celexa is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do I take it?
Celexa is generally taken orally once daily.
Celexa comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Celexa lists common side effects including nausea, constipation, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, weight changes, and increased sweating or urination.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Celexa include serotonin syndrome, which may be life-threatening.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Celexa – RxList
Lupus and depression: Know the signs and how to get help – Lupus Foundation of America