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Celexa Side Effects Targeted by Health Canada, FDA

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Ottawa, ONHealth Canada is currently reviewing an antidepressant following reports that heart damage may be one of the Celexa side effects for certain doses, The Canadian Press reported.

The organization has begun research to find out the extent of the alleged damage that may be caused by the drug. The study outlined the effect of high doses of Celexa on the electrical activity of the heart, according to the news source.

Health Canada announced that the alleged changes in electrical activity occur after taking 60 milligrams a day, and these developments could potentially lead to serious and possibly fatal abnormal heart rhythms, the Press reported.

The organization suggested that patients should talk with their health care provider if they are at all concerned about the potential side effects. These could include dizziness, difficulty concentrating, feelings of anxiety, nausea or vomiting.

Health Canada noted that individuals who are taking the drug should seek immediate medical attention if they experience an abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness or faint as a result of exhaustion, according to the news source.

The drug is in a family of drugs called selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and is commonly prescribed to individuals who are experiencing a significant level of depression. The current recommended dose is 20 milligrams a day for adults, though people who are not responsive to this level are given a larger quantity of the medication, the Press reported.

Officials from Health Canada noted that individuals who have heart conditions or a history of low levels of magnesium or potassium in the blood may be at higher risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm while prescribed to the medication.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the organization is informing health care professionals and patients that Celexa should no longer be prescribed at doses greater than 40 milligrams a day, due to the fact that the heart would be affected and the higher concentration wouldn't have a significant impact on an individual.


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I went on Celexa quit awhile ago...I was increased to 60 mg and was on it doctor lowered the dose to 40 mg.
I hadn 2 surgery in ekg showed abnormality in the heart electrical system...called Left Bundle Branch Block.
My heart was strong and healthy until this medication casused my problem..I can no longer with stand minor activities that I use to be able to do...get tired easily. Sleeping a lot. I am so so upset about the damage to my heart.

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Im with U , that is not only this way , be carefull , wish you change yourself , if you thing that somebody from the past may help you , let me know.jack

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I have been on Citalopram 20mg for about 5 years, gained wait 4o p., still depressed, constantly wishing to die,self destructive, doctors told my I have an abnormal heart beat, send me to cardiologist, no problem she said, in 2011 lost con. fell on my face, broke my nose, out of work for a while, shoulders pain ever since, on tramadol in order to work, I work as a nursing asst. in nursing home, have to use my hands, working minimum hours because of pain,hate living, wish to die, my son holds me hostage. ps seen one of resident having the same fall when on Citalopram, she fell on her face just like I did for no apparent reason, coincidence?


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