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Alzheimer’s Agitation: Citalopram May Help


Agitation is one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s. See why citalopram may be effective in alleviating Alzheimer’s agitation and aggression.

Citalopram (brand name Celexa or Cipramil) is FDA-approved for depression. Your doctor can prescribe it “off-label” for other problems, such as treating agitation in Alzheimer’s. Watch Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., chair of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, explain what his team discovered about using citalopram to help people with Alzheimer’s.

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Citalopram Fights Agitation in Alzheimer’s

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May 11, 2014 8:39 pm

We have seen agitation eliminated in Alzheimer's patients with the use of 1072nm infrared light stimulation combined with brainwave biofeedback training. These two non-drug, non-invasive techniques have been studied separately and found to both be helpful but are more effective when used together. Marvin H. Berman PhD

May 12, 2014 11:07 am

I know from experience Celexa causes heart attacks.! I was prescribed Celexa and started having chest pains, had to spend a couple of nights in the hospital. Now I have heart problems.

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May 12, 2014 4:20 pm

So does eating bacon.

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July 8, 2015 8:03 pm

Constantine Lyketsos works for Lundbeck as a consultant/advisor so I'm not suprised he is pushing Citalopram because Lundbeck is the company that produce this drug. Citalopram has numerous side effects which includes agitation, anxiety nervousness confusion abnormal dreams pain in muscles and joints aggression hallucinations mania visusl disturbances difficulty sleeping to name but a few. I would rather find the cause of a persons agitation not mask it with a drug that causes numerous other problems. Read Peter Breggins book Your drug may be your problem, for a more honest and unbais opinion on the use of antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs. Another useful book is Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre which gives frank details of the clinical trials revealed and hidden by the companies who produce these, in my opinion very harmful drugs. I believe these drugs do more harm that good when used by anyone let alone people living with the many types of dementia.

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June 9, 2021 3:01 am

celexa caused me to begin to have chronic afib. i have to have cardic ablation now every few years

May 12, 2014 2:54 pm

Every agitation comes from somewhere. It could be pain, confusion or other things. If the caregiver is good enough to assess the situation and could see the sick persons perspective, agitation could be avoided. We can avoid giving any medication that could produce more side effects that will harm the person.

Janet Godfrey
Janet Godfrey
October 11, 2016 4:56 pm

Please have a look at Dr Peter Breggin – he is an amazing psychiatrist who is adamant that the psych drugs don't work at all, for anyone, and have horrendous side effects and can cause more problems. The only people who get anything from them are Big Pharm – it's all about the money 🙁

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