Celexa (Citalopram) is the newest drug among the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's). It is indicated for the treatment of depression and considering that it is a newly approved product, there has not been a lot of studies on its use in other psychiatric disorders. It may have efficacy in Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder like other SSRI's. Antidepressants are used in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder if there is an intercurrent major depression or if there are chronic depressive symptoms or anxiety. In clinical studies, SSRI's improve not only depressive symptoms but also anger and hostility un some patients. Patients are usually started on 20 mg./day and increased to 40 mg./day as needed. Although some patients may require a dose of 60 mg./day, studies done have not been able to show efficacy of 60 mg./day over 40 mg./day of Celexa. The most common side effects include dry mouth, sedation, nausea, and insomnia among others.
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