How soon after starting Celexa will my child's symptoms improve?

Some of your child's symptoms may start to improve within the first week or two of taking Celexa (citalopram), an antidepressant prescribed to treat depression and sometimes other mental health issues, such as eating disorders and social phobias. You may notice changes in his energy level, appetite and ability to fall asleep and sleep through the night within the first two weeks after he starts taking Celexa. Noticeable improvements in mood and interest in activities may take longer, possibly one to two months.

Although more research is needed to determine whether Celexa is safe and effective for children, some doctors do prescribe it for them, especially if they are extremely depressed or suffering other mental health issues. Talk to your child's doctor about why Celexa is being prescribed for your child and what you can expect from treatment.

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