You could contact the manufacturer or go to their website--- I believe it is Forest Pharmaceuticals. (Celexa is not generic but the original manufacturer was Forest.) The class of meds that your son was prescribed usually is not "indicated" for children according to the pi (package insert---- the bible if you will regarding a drug). However, the class of drugs has been used for years in kids (good or bad). The issue is that no company would risk the liability of enrolling children into the studies the FDA requires to prove the drugs safety. The class of drugs is fairly safe (especially so in adults) and work very well. But I don't know for sure what happens with kids. I would hope that your doctor has much experienc prescribing seratonin reuptake inhibitors in his pediatric practice and is this a psychiatrist (I'd be much more comfortable if it were). You could try googling this info too to see what other parents say about their kids on the med. Many adults have taken it too---- so maybe the anxiety forum at medhelp would provide some specific answers for you. I think side effects are usually start up side effects and go away. But never stop these drugs cold turkey--- wean off. I don't know if that helps. One last thing, all meds like this work better in conjunction with talk therapy. Good luck.
I belong to a support group for teachers and parents of children suffering from anxiety. Many of the children take medication - including Celexa. About four children in our group are on this medication (all in conjuction with intervention and/or therapy). For these children, this "drug" seems to work the best with the fewest side effects. Our child takes Celexa - before that Prozac and Effexor. Celexa is the best one for her - so far. However, as the above poster stated, be sure the doctor prescribing the medication is one whom is very knowledgeable in psychiatric medications. The method should always be "go low and go slow". Sometimes, we just have to choose the "lesser of two evils". I wish you the best ....
I realize your comment is from 9.5 years ago....mostly catching my eye because my son was born 6/06 :) We are now going through the ADHD/OCD/Anxiety diagnosis. I feel lost and wondered if you have any advice on what you came across that worked for you? How is your son? Thanks for your time!
Most people on here should really look up the MTHFR genetic defect (and some other defects) which can cause things like add, ocd, anxiety, and so on. These defects are not made better with pharma drugs...the kids need proper nutrition. And they need to eat organic and drink clean water. They are deficient in vitamins and/or minerals that no longer exist in conventional pesticide filled soil that regular fruits/veggies grow in. There are so many things to help cure these kids without putting them on drugs that don't actually cure the root cause of their illness. Just look up things on YouTube or on Google. Type in "ADD and MTHFR" or "Anxiety and MTHFR"...you get the picture. Drugs will never actually fix the problem permanently or cure them. Also, lots of those drugs can make kids suicidal and cause all sorts of other side effects. If you think you got problems before the drugs, wait until the child has been on it for years and grows up. You'll wish you hadn't put them on it then.
My son has ADD/ADHD and he takes vyvanse but the doctor also prescribed guafacine which is normally used with people with high blood pressure but it has been found that it works bettt6with children with ADD/ADHD. I really have seen a change in his anxiety and levels the vyvanse chemistry out. You should speak to your doctor about it. They say vyvanse is better for children to take anyway.