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Celexa is a drug that was released by the Forest Pharmaceuticals corporation aimed at fighting depression. The FDA approved Celexa on July 17, 1998. Celexa is a member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family, which increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells. Official Celexa Website
If you or someone you know has had a problem with Celexa feel free to call the advertising section of FDA at (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240.
Celexa Feedback and Side Effects

The side effect I disliked was the sensation I got if I forgot to take a couple doses. It was as if there was a instantaneous short circuit in my brain. It felt simultaneously neurological and electrical. At the same moment I would feel like I would pass out. This whole sensation would last a fraction of a second and was wierd enough to be scary.

I had the hardest time getting off the drug. It took at least 3 months of reducing down to ridiculously tiny dosages just to avoid the sensation.

Posted by: at January 5, 2005 11:41 PM

Before Celexa I had previously tried Wellbutrin, Prozac, Lithium and Depakote as well as occasional benzodiazapines. I actually liked the calming effects of Depakote and the benzos, but there were too many side effects and I know benzo are addictive and I wanted NOTHING to do with addictive meds. Wellbutrin and Lithium didn't seem to have much of an effect and Prozac made me even more anxious. My diagnosis is likely Bipolar 2 as my 'natural state' is mild mania (without any self destructiveness- it's more a pervasive feeling of hyperness and restlessness) but then I can quickly fluctuate into deep depressions. However I have always been able to function, work and go to school, though when in the depressed state sometimes only barely. Lots of 'mental health' days! My main pervasive symptoms were EXTREME and sudden mood changes, hyperactivity and restlessness, an inability to calm down and relax, a feeling of impending doom, not feeling I ever 'fit' into the world, black moods and existential crisis', extreme pessimism, rumination and worry in all areas of life, mild paranoia, outbursts of rage and anger, lifelong insomnia, feeling I was in a 'dark hole' I couldn't escape from and general anxiety. The worry was that antidepressants would make me more hyper and affect my poor sleep even more. That was the case with both Wellbutrin and Prozac. I was hesistant to start on Celexa, especially when I read the list of possible side effects. Becasue of this concern I was started on a dose of 5mg, which I highly recommend doing intially. From what I undertand starting on a very low dose decreses the side effects to a great extent. My only side effects were increased insomnia and loss of appetite (I lost 4 lbs. in the first week). But then something amazing happened. Within 1 WEEK I felt what can only be described as a 'lightening'- in mood and in thoughts in all arenas. All of a sudden instead of getting instantly affected by something externally negative and letting it disrupt my mood for days, I would 'bounce back' after intially venting and then let it go. That had NEVER happened before. The bottoming outs of my depression just never happened. I would react naturally to events but then quickly rebalance to a more neutral and calm position. I have been on 20mg now for 8 weeks and have not had any reoccurance of severe mood swings, rage, anxiety or black moods. I have NEVER gone this long without these negative emotions in my life. I have tried EVERYTHING- therapy, meditation, nutritional changes, natural herbs, yoga...they all helped in a variety of ways but never had much impact on my moods or depression. This medication has made life worth living again probably also saved my marriage. I have not had problems with any other side effects except insomnia and was recently put on a small dose of Trazadone at night which has helped this problem to a great extent. Anyone who shuns the idea of medication needs to realize that without the correct medication for many people the end result would be suicide. That's where I was headed. Instead, I now have another chance. THANK YOU CELEXA!

Posted by: K at January 12, 2005 4:05 PM

I just started taking Celexa about 2 weeks ago & although it may be too soon to tell, so far, Celexa has completely turned my life around! In the weeks before I began taking Celexa, I felt sooo empty & had no interest in my favorite things. I cried almost every day (for no apparent reason) & had no motivation--there were times I couldn't get off the couch to get ready for work. Now, I almost look forward to going to work!
I was leery of beginning treatment for my depression because of all the hype surrounding anti-depressant meds side effects, but I couldn't be happier with the results. I am still TERRIFIED about some of the side effects (i.e. painful menstruation--as mine is already unbearable--weight gain, sexual dysfunction, etc), but am aware that everyone handles it differently, and so far, it seems that I may lose weight. (My appetite has decreased--I eat less often & it takes less to fill me up.)

I know it sounds silly, but I actually have a whole new outlook on my life & the world around me.
THANK YOU CELEXA!!!!!

I would appreciate feedback from Celexa users, especially concerning its side effects and effectiveness, as I am still a beginner!!! :)

Posted by: Danielle at January 20, 2005 3:41 PM

I am yet to see the positives except for a massive reduction in my emotional outbursts. I have been on this for two weeks.

The negatives....

Blurred vision
(like when you first wake up) it's like I have fluid over my eyes. Not too bad that I can still function, but it is very hard to read standard size printed text except close up.

Male anatomical...
I have no erection problems, but ejaculation is just not happening. (frustating both me and my wife)

Dizzyness...
I feel light headed and while I've not done so, I feel like I might lose balance and fall over

Headaches...
very mild but quite frequent

Apetite...
I rarely ate during the depression prior to the medication. However, my lack of apetite is more so.

Sleep disorders...
My sleep patterns have become very sporadic. Previously, I used to only sleep for short periods. On this medication, sometimes I'll sleep for 15 hours, while on others, only maybe 2 - 4 hours.

Memory Problems....
I seem to have short term memory loss. Carrying a conversation is weird. I drift off onto other tangents and can't remember what I just said at times. Sometimes repeating same story to my wife, not able to remember that I already told her something.

Posted by: An Australian Male at March 14, 2005 2:31 PM

Ive taken celexa for a couple of years and found it to be the best for me. The minor side effects mentioned here become second nature or you just adjust to them and they lessen as time goes by. The benefit has always been worth the small side effects.

Posted by: bc at March 20, 2005 10:37 PM

I am just starting celexa and Im scared of all the things I hear about the side effects, I am 110 pounds, I am starting at 5mg, Does this drug realy work for anxiety and panic attacks, And stress of course.
Please respond.
Thanks , Andrea

Posted by: Andrea at April 4, 2005 7:20 PM

Hi all, i started taking Celexa (Cipramil here in the UK) 6 months ago............ it is the best anti depressant i have ever been on. This is my second bout of depression, the first bout was difficult, as the drugs i was on didnt make any changes (Prozac,Seroxat[paxil]) until i went onto Zoloft, which helped me but the side efects where horrid. 4 years later and here i am again with depression, but im certain, THIS time it wont me back as i am so muh better and happier on this med. Tried others? Try Cipramil (Celexa). PS, only persistant side effect is difficulty reaching orgasm (im male).

Posted by: at May 16, 2005 10:40 PM

I have been taking CELEXA since 9-11 for PTSS. It has really taken the edge off and I am not anxious but now my house is a total mess, I have no ENERGY and have gained weight! I love taking NAPS in the afternoon now and can hardly get out and do things anymore. I havent tried any other meds but don't even know where to begin looking. Now I find myself crying and getting upset over things but I am also 48 and think I am going through menopause too. I like not getting upset over little things like I used to but my house needs a good cleaning and I need some ENERGY BACK....any suggestions????
I also have a hellacious craving for CHOCOLATE!!!
DOH!

Posted by: Faye at May 24, 2005 8:28 PM

I have taken Celexa on and off for 3 years. I took Paxil before that. Paxil effected my memory- ability to hold a normal conversation. Celexa makes me function normally - not high, not low - just normal. I'm trying 10mg now again after being off for 5 mos. Mood swings, panic attacks got the better of me. 20-40mg worked well in the past. Why suffer when the medicines are so helpful?

Posted by: GL at June 14, 2005 3:37 PM

I just started taking celexa about 2 weeks ago and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. I've never taken anti-depressants before, but recently I considered going to a doctor to talk about how down I am all day.

Anyway it has worked for me and I've had absolutley no side effects.

Posted by: Will at August 3, 2005 7:46 PM

I went to the doctors two weeks ago after suffering my first panic attack. When I look back at it now I realise that it was a pretty mild one but as I was in the house on my own with my daughter my fear was heightened as I had no idea what was going on. We are currently in the process of emigrating and so I have been under quite a lot of stress. After the attack I realised I needed to take a back seat with all the prepartations and relax a bit - which I did. I was absolutely fine - suffered no anxiety and was sleeping well. Two days later I visited the doctor and explained what had happened. I told her that I had been quite stressed lately and that it was feasible that it could have all been linked to this coupled with previous miscarriages. I was not depressed though and the doctor concurred with that. I just needed to calm down a bit. She then prescribed me with 20mg per day Citalopram! I was extremely cautious about taking it (I'm not keen on prescription drugs) but after speaking to a few people I agreed that the doctor wouldn't have prescribed it unless she believed I needed it. I took one on the Friday morning and was extremely sleepy for the rest of the day. I then had a very restless night. I decided the following day that it would probably be better to take it at night time (if at all!). On the Saturday night I started to get some hot flushes and thought I'd better take one as I obviously need it. Well the night that followed was absolutely hideous. My heart was thumping like mad, I had tremors and my anxiety was through the roof! This went on for pretty much 24 hours. On the Sunday lunch time I went to see the emergency doctor who prescribed 2mg Diazapem to calm me down (which I only took one of). The following day I seemed a lot calmer but come the evening I started to get extremely anxious. I hadn't really slept or eaten since taking the second tablet on Saturday night and was by now extremely anxious. By the Tuesday I was again in a very anxious state and very, very tearful (still no appetite and no sleep). I felt weak and absolutely exhausted. I visited my GP and explained that this was a reaction to the tablets and it was clear that she did not agree with me. She was immediately on the phone to the assessment unit at the hospital trying to get me assessed that day!! She again had to prescribe me Diazapem (this time 5mg which I took two of that day!) and also asked if I wanted to try Citalopram again?!!!! She wasn't able to get me assessed that day (thankfully now looking back) and so I went home to try and relax. One thing I was extremely anxious about though was the night time because I couldn't sleep and the anxiety grew during that time. She then prescribed me with sleeping tablets. Thankfully I managed to sleep that night without the tablets and I haven't taken any prescription drugs since. I am still a little anxious during the night and seem to be constantly thinking about what happened to me. What made it worse I think was that the GP was on the phone to the hospital while I was in the room and was hi-lighting how 'acute' my symptoms were!

It is now 11 days since I took the 2nd (and last!) Citalopram and I still feel not quite right - slightly anxious and a bit jittery.

Has this ever happened to anybody else. I am constantly thinking about it but need to get on with my life. When I'm not thinking about it then I'm not anxious - this is my only cause of anxiety and it seems like a viscious flamin circle!!

Sorry for going on and on but I'm sure you'll understand my frustration!

Posted by: at September 15, 2005 12:12 PM

I have been taking celexa for 2 years plus. I have been very happy with the results. The only complaint that I have that is very bothersome to me is my complete lack of motivation to initiate or complete any projects at all. I used to experience extreme highs and lows in levels of energy . Now, all I have is one mode. Medium. I have no drive to take any tasks on at all. I seem to drag myself through everything that is required of me and I really want to nap all the time. I guess I miss the manic energy I would experience from time to time that would enable me to paint and clean my house all day and then go to work and run around as a waitress all night! Right now and for the last couple of years really , my house looks like crap! haha.
Anyway, I have discovered energy drinks like red bull and others are helpful when I need to get something done. And lots of coffee and tea.
Things certainly are better than they were. I am the same person every day, now. I mean some days I would work with people and be so happy and on top of things and then the next day I might barely be able to form a sentence or look anyone in the eye. It was really weird to be so high and crash so hard all the time. I reccommend celexa to friends quite often. It has changed my life for the better. I just wish I could get the motivation thing under control!

Posted by: LeeAnn at September 18, 2005 5:05 PM

I've been taking Celexa in a high dosage (60mg daily) for four years. I had a heat stroke, was hospitalized for 3 days. Every test showed negative (heart/neurological, etc). I immediately began to develop severe panic attacks (i.e. - - like "waves" of emotion coming over me that was only solved by the immediate putting of ice cold water on face and neck, and drinking cold fluids). Initially I tried Paxil, then effexor. Side effects were too much (having to nap three hours every afternoon). Started on 20mg Celexa, then 40mg, now 60mg. Seem to have no side effects - - unless I lower dosage or miss two days. Then I feel lighting fast sensations best described as "electrical shocks" and a feeling of "coming apart" emotionally. I'm content to stay on Celexa forever if need be. No side effects for four years; that's a pretty good track record!!

Posted by: Dan at April 17, 2006 1:42 PM

I have been taking Celexa for about 6 weeks now. It's sort of been off and on, feeling like my body is trying over and over to re-adjust. Just when I think the side effects have lessoned, I wake up in the morning with blurred vision, severe dizziness, upset stomach etc ... I notice that I also have a few little tremors in my muscles, mainly when I go to bed. It's pretty trippy. I have had many nights of insomnia as well, feeling like I've just drank a triple shot Starbucks coffee at 3am. That's a bummer. So far, I am not to the point of giving up only because I started taking this medication for serious IBS - ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome ) and it has changed my life! I've had the condition since I was young but didn't know what was causing it. Apparently, I read that when a child ( myself ) goes through years of trauma in his or her life, the brains chemistry changes and is unable to accept the seretonin that the body produces. Most of the seretonin that our body's create is in the small intestine, which aids in digestion and keep the tract moving at a normal rate. In my case, nothing was going anywhere! Left me incredibly miserable ALL of the time, and I didn't look forward to eating at all. So, with my problem it has worked wonders! The side effects are worth it as long as I can enjoy a piece of pizza once and a while ... :) BUT - a warning to those Celexa users out there! I was feeling so great that I decided to add a half of a grapefruit to my meals each day. I did that for about 9 days or so - big no no on these meds. The small intestine will not absorb the Celexa and it all builds up in the blood stream - not fun at all. I felt like I had drank a fifth of JD the night before, and it took two days to feel better - ewww. I lost about 8 pounds and have had NOOOO appetite whatsoever - I didn't need to lose weight really, but I'm not going to complain. I just have to make myself eat when I feel like my gut is empty - sort of catch 22, ya think? Bottom line, I like it so far ... we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Vanessa at April 17, 2006 7:21 PM

I have been taking Celexa 20 mgs. just upped it to 40 mgs. I take the pill in the am and I am so sleepy all day long. Is this common?

Posted by: Sherry at May 8, 2006 11:56 AM

I was on Celexa for 1 1/2 years, went off for 6 months and am now back on. I missed the emotional stability and spiralled into depression again.

Now, I am back to my normal self. The only side effects seem to be minor blurry vision first thing in the morning and tiredness sometimes during the day.

Celexa certainly changed my life. Thanks guys!

Posted by: Jack at May 18, 2006 8:43 AM

Hey there

just started celexa today because i've been battling depression for a few years now. this is the first drug i've been on so far so i'm a little nervous taking it... i'll leave some feedback on how it works, but for those of you thinking about taking it or going on an anti-depressant, my symptoms were pretty random. I went away to college and would come up with any reason not to go to school because the thought of sitting in class scared me to no end. after freaking out before every class and being up all night stressing about not wanting to go to school the next day i dropped out and came home to mom and dad. My moms side of the family area ALL on anti-depressants but at first i was just perscribed something for sleep at night... i took it twice and handed the percription to a friend who needed it more because i was sleeping fine without it and didnt like the idea of it. Then i had the same feeling before i quit my job, again not wanting to go to work, and stressing about going. Then i was fine... for about a year and a half until i started working for a local call centre. Not wanting to go in wasnt a big deal... i would get there and sit down and be fine for the rest of the day until that night when i left and would stress about getting in to work the next day because i knew i wouldnt want to. So, in the end one day before work i pulled into my parking spot and started crying uncontrollably, shaking, feeling like an idiot because all i had to do was walk in the doors to go to work. So i raced home and hid in bed for the next three or four days until i got up the courage to go in and quit. This has been my pattern. I come home and crawl into bed and draw and listen to music, watch stupid movies. So, i'm actively looking for a counsellor in the area and starting on Celexa.---- here goes nothing! Good luck to all with a safe and successful recovery.

Posted by: k at July 11, 2006 9:08 PM

This will be my second day on this drug. With the way I have been feeling the last 6 months i will take it for 60 days and see how I feel. I think the side effects of depression are just as bad as what is listed for celexa. Has anyone tried herbs for your condition?

Posted by: Devon at July 19, 2006 3:06 PM

When is the best time to take this drug? Is it better after 8pm or in the morning? This is only my third day but I'm very sleepy. Devon

Posted by: Devon at July 21, 2006 12:25 AM

can someone tell me about mixing cipramil and alcohol? is it safe?

Posted by: at July 22, 2006 6:30 PM

is it safe to drink alcohol while on celexa?

Posted by: at July 22, 2006 6:32 PM

After two weeks I have lost the need for sex. Could this be from this drug or happen this fast? If any one has any information i would like to hear from you.

Posted by: Devon at August 1, 2006 2:04 AM

I have been taking celexa for my depression and about three years ago I was diaganosed with bipolar disease. I guess I have not been acting right as everyone states around me especially my wife so I seeing my therapist and seeing my pychiatrist this week. My question is, can Celexa be taken while I am taking Depakote? Have you heard of negative side effects while mixing them?

Posted by: Tim Morton at August 7, 2006 7:30 PM

I have been on celexa for a month and starting to feel better every day.I suffered depression since I was a teenager and I am finally feeling like the old me is emerging as Ia am 38 years old. The side effects don't


I have been on celexa for one month and seem to feel better every day. I suffered from anxiety and depression since I was a teenager and am now 38 years old and tried everything I could before going on meds. Had some side effects but they seem to have gone away. They included irregular menstual cycle. dry mouth lack of appetite andclenching teeth. this was better than what I used to suffer.

Posted by: at September 5, 2006 4:17 PM

I've been taking Celexa for a few months. There are many changes. I still have side effects at times but they are mild. I have a different life now. Things don't seem to get to me as much and I feel better about myself. I used to go home from work and sleep till I had to go to work. I wasn't taking care of myself---This happend for YEARS!!! I was nervous about taking the drug because I have never been on any type of medication before. I think people create drugs just to get money...Example (Take this drug to get rid of headaches but the side effect to the drug...Headaches??) However I just went to the Doctor today to talk to him about it. He asked me what I thought and I said I loved it. A friend ask me a few weeks ago if I was still taking Celexa. I told her yes, her response was that she could tell. If you are sad....Try it. We only have one life to live, and I'm now making the most of mine.

Posted by: Amber at September 11, 2006 3:43 PM

Lynn-- I have been on Celexa now for almost a month and I am also experiencing those same symptoms. I wasn't sleeping before I was prescribed these pills (so I think my problem is psychological) and my doctor has since prescribed me Temazepam (30mg) to help me sleep and it has worked.
I have studied some other anti-depressants and in my opinion Celexa seems to be the safest. I am also seeing a psychologist who has recommended things like Yoga and any type of breathing exercises to help me relax/sleep and that too is working. If you ever need to talk I would like too compare what symptoms we are experiencing-- mercat@rogers.com = )

Posted by: Terri at October 6, 2006 8:52 PM

i have been taking celexa for 3 weeks(10mg for first week and then 20mg). so far, so good i think. i have a little insomnia and am a little forgetful, but my mood has improved a lot, i feel stronger and i'm not crying anymore or feeling hopeless or despondent. i did experience a few tremors and some jaw clenching in the first week, but not since then. i do yawn alot and feel tired in the afternoon, but i think most people (even undepressed people) feel a little tired in the afternoon. all in all, i think celexa is working for me and i am hopeful that it will continue to do so. i am not a religious person, but i do ask the god and/or the universe everynight to help get me through this and for the celexa to do it's job....i guess you could call it praying.

my depression was the result of a very stressful year that included severe work dissatisfaction, coupled with stress and exhaustion, an illness that required surgery followed by a long recovery, and then a very bad break-up, not to mention the chronic illness of a parent. i self medicated with pot, which helped for a long time and then resisted taking meds when things got really bad bcz I was afraid of the side effects, but it got to the point where I wasn't able to stop crying. i started seeing a therapist but also felt that i wanted to fight this depression with everything i could. first i tried more vit b, vit d, omega-3's and 5-htp, but no luck. at the same time, i did a lot of research about depression and anti-d's before committing to celexa. it takes time, wait at least a month if you can when trying anything, but don't wait too long, bcz you should know within 4 to 6 weeks if it's working or not...both my dr's said this.

i felt like i had collapsed into a heap of rubble on the floor. i was broken, and still am but i do feel much better and i do actually still "feel"...alot of people complain about not feeling. this has not happened to me yet and obviously i hope it doesn't.

Since i started feeling better, i have been trying to appreciate this whole experience as an opportunity to rebuild and reinvent myself. almost literally rebuilding myself from that heap of rubble on the floor, and that actually helps alot. Not that i get up everyday and grab the bull by the horns and make leaps and bounds in my progess, i most certainly don't, but i do take small steps everyday and in a way, think the reinventing and rebuilding is a little exciting...albiet scary as well. that's just me and one of the ways i cope. i also read alot, have been speaking to a counsellour weekly, go to yoga, walk alot and try to express gratitude for the things that i am grateful for like the fact that I am blessed with amazing support from friends and family and that the celexa seems to be working so far (i am very, very, very grateful for both these things). i still smoke pot on occassion bcz i like it, but over the last few years have gone from smoking everyday, to every weekend all weekend long, to a couple times a month...which my therapist says is no biggie....a far as pot goes, less is more if you ask me. anyway, that's just me and some of the ways i have been trying to cope. i hope this helps somewhat. i have enjoyed sharing.

i wish you all good luck and good health.

Posted by: annette at October 26, 2006 4:06 AM

i'm that person that is scared of medication and need some support i feel so alone in this world i feel ok and than the next min i feel hopless if someone can relate to me please write me at sonyahdoor@yahoo.com

Posted by: lisa at November 11, 2006 7:43 PM

I have just started taking celexa 40mg two days ago in the morning and 75mg of seroquel at night for sleep which also is a mood stabalizer. Is this a good combination?

Posted by: Chandel at December 11, 2006 12:21 PM

I'm a 35 year old male who's started on 10 mg Celexa fifteen days ago for depression. The doctor started me on 20 mg but I knew that was too much so I just take half a pill a day. For 10 months between '94 & '95 I was on Prozac and it helped me tremendously. I stopped taking it because of the sexual dysfunction (would get hard but never orgasm and it felt like my buddy wasn't even attached to my body) and the awful dreams it gave me. Celexa is the first anti-depressant I've been on since then. So far I feel good. After the third day I realized that I wasn't so angry all the time. The anger hasn't returned and I can't remember the last time I got really upset about something. Though I still feel impatient with other people while walking on the street during rush hour, this is NYC. I notice that I laugh much more genuinely, deeply and effortlessly. My orgasms are off the charts with very deep, long feelings of warmth and contentment. My side effects were constant yawning, feeling tired, a little confusion at times, nausea, almost no appetite and waking up very early and being wide awake. All of these symptoms have passed so far except the waking early and the no appetite. I've lost six pounds. That's not really good for me because I'm naturally lean already and I try to keep my weight up by working out. This drug is making that impossible. Also I really haven't had the motivation to go to the gym and it was something I'd always done religiously for about 10 years now. I think the Celexa is helping me to feel more accepting of myself so I don't really feel the need to have my body look so perfect anymore. All in all I'm pretty damn content with it. I just hope the orgasms keep coming because I keep reading that people have the same sexual side effect on Celexa as I had on Prozac.

Posted by: Jamal (Harlem NYC) at December 13, 2006 12:28 PM

I wrote the above post about Celexa. I stopped taking it 7 days after writing that post. The reason was that I got this awful pain in my right knee that I'd never had before. Also my appetite never returned and that really concerned me. Since being off of it my appetite has returned (Yay!) and my knee is almost back to normal. I don't regret going off of it. The only thing I regret is not having the type of orgasms that I had while on it. They're gone. I'd never felt anything like that before. The warmth was incredible. DAMN!!!

Posted by: Jamal (Harlem NYC) at January 7, 2007 3:07 PM

I get this dry eye symptom in my left eye. I had it from cymbalta and now have it from celexa. Any advice.

Posted by: mark at January 9, 2007 6:59 PM

My wife and I just found out we were prenant and she was told to no longer take celexa and boy talk about taking two steps back. When she began taking celexa our marriage started turning around for the better and now all of a sudden she back to her rages and out of controll tempers. She is stressing over everything and terrible upset with me for everthing I Do. I don't know what to do for her and how to go about suggesting that she contact her doctor to find out if she can take something else to help fight this. Any suggestions would be great.

Posted by: Unknown at January 29, 2007 4:09 PM

I've been on Celexa for about a month. I feel a lot less depressed than before, and much less irritible. Life's about the same as it was, only I don't feel awful or suicidal anymore. So far, it's a good thing for me.

Posted by: PCL at March 20, 2007 6:52 PM

I have spent the past 2-3 yrs in a minor state of depression. Many factors have made this happen. About 2 Months ago I went into a very major state of depression, and end in up going to a Mental Healh Crisis Center; Thank GOD!!! Through Psycotherepy and Celexa..... Started on 20 mg for 4 weeks then to 40mg. There was a lot of side effects at first, dry mouth, jertiness, and werid dreams. These passed with time. I have been on Celexa now for about 9 weeks. I finally feel "normal" again. I can deal with my daily routines more evenly. I almost lost myself, but I am really glad to feel like me again.

Posted by: E. Pennington at March 6, 2008 11:27 PM

tapered off celexa for two months and quit 1 week ago . I'm experiencing what feels like a short circuit in my brain. As I tried to explain to a friend, a brain lapse of maybe a nano- second. Very disturbing, although the frequency is lessening. It would have been nice for my Dr to have warned me of this-especially since I did ask. My opinion is that anything that has this effect does NOT belong in my body. I'm exercising regularly to combat my depression. I recommend this for everone who considers ant-depressants.

Posted by: tam at April 13, 2008 12:24 AM

Sam-e got rid of my depression, but now I am manic or wired. Anyway I feel good But maybe a little out of control

Posted by: Gerry at August 15, 2008 11:30 AM

I've been on Celexa for about a month now. The first day I took it I was physically sick eight times in a row and felt high all day. I was told to cut my dose in half (10mg) for two weeks, so I have now been on 20mg for eight days.

Mild headaches, tense shoulders, wide awake at 5am, jittery, and non-stop crying nearly everyday are some of my side effects.

I went from being completely emotionless to crying all the time. I heard this isn't normal with celexa.

Posted by: Carrie at October 25, 2008 1:16 AM

I was given 20mg to start - the doctor made it seem like I would not have a reaction to the pill that I might almost think its not working then 6 weeks later notice a difference. I was really apprehesive about this pill. I suffer from anxiety - I fear of dying - and I tend to be a hypocondriact. It wasnt extreem but to the point where really enough is enough.

So I tool the first pill and I felt high all day -loopy. I was like is this suposed to be happening? I didnt want to do anything. I laid in bed all day watching TV. I felt so out of it that I couldnt even feel like I could call my clients back. I had to cancel an afternoon appointment. Tired Yawning alot... felt like crap.

So day 2 I said - 20mg is too much. I cut the pill in half. It wasnt so rough on me. Still loopy here and there. Didnt feel like eating much. Woke up tired and dead.

I dont think 20mg is for me it was too strong. I think I am good for 5 or 10 max.

I fear the weight gain which I wasnt aware of - I am trying to loose 10 pounds.

Posted by: M.Smith at February 15, 2009 9:00 PM

i have been taking this drug for half a year now. i started taking it after i had my baby because my brain chemicals were all over the place, so to speak. i felt a dramatic difference very quickly- i was laughing a lot and feeling so alive! at the same time i was saying things that made no sense, like i didn't have much control over my reactions. after a while-a couple weeks or so- i just felt so tired all the time and it was so hard for me to take care of my new baby!

right now i am taking a higher dose and i have never felt more depressed in my life...
what i am trying to say is...at first i felt a great change, and now it doesn't seem to be doing anything for me. i wish there was something better for me to take..

Posted by: ashley at February 23, 2009 12:50 AM

also, i should add that i feel like sleeping all day long. i have a baby to take care of!! but i am so depresses because i don't have any energy! i'm starting to think that i would rather feel depressed with normal energy than depressed with no energy which in turn makes me even more depressed....UGH:(

well, i am going to talk to my doctor tomorrow..

Posted by: ashley at February 23, 2009 12:55 AM

I am not sure if this the right place to ask this, but I have no other place to ask it.

My wife and iI have had problems with our mariiage, and a fair share of the problems were caused by me. Following is my question though.

My wife started taking Celexa about three months ago. From that time her depression has lessened, but when her moods swing they swing dramaticly. She is more unwilling to talk through things then before. She feels at times that there is no solution to our marriage problems. She is unwilling to talk or to go to consuling. But at times she is silling to. She then acts as if she does remember these times were we do talk and want to work things out.

It may be my imagination, and she really doesn't or never will love me again. I want what is best for her and the kids (24, 20, 8.) But I don't want her to go on with these feelings, even if we divorce.

Thanks

Posted by: Brett at February 27, 2009 12:26 PM

I was on celexafor a few months. I was taking 10 mgs once a day, all of a sudden my vision was affected. I feel like I have indigestion. I can not sleep well, have weight gain even though I follow weight watchers, It seems like it affectedmy metabolism. I feel very dizzy, and weak. I am doing 5 mgs every other day, trying to get off it. I guess Drs. experiment with us.

Posted by: natalie at March 15, 2009 6:29 PM

I have been on Citalopram 20mg (generic for Celexa) for a year or more. Weigh gain, graving for choc. and poor sleeping and talk about energy. NONE!! I'm depress over how much weigh I gained 15pds. Reading feedbacks!! I found one is so much like me. Faye of 5/24/05 whoever you are? So true!! I was having some anxiety and little depression and I do not like taking pills. Just wanted something to mello! chill pill. I can deal with poor sleep and lack of energy, But not the weigh gain! Other than that it seem's to work for me...

Posted by: gloria at April 7, 2009 2:27 PM

I am taking Celexa. I have the ability to become sad, under normal circumstances, however donot physically cry. I am wondering if this is normal when taking this medication.

Posted by: Anna at May 2, 2009 7:04 PM

I was on celexa but hated it. anxiety attacks, lack of energy and bad dreams. I got off it but had difficulty sleeping. Found a natural product aloerest and it helps me sleep.

Posted by: hal at June 1, 2009 10:54 AM

I have been on celexa for several months and have been having some severe bouts of depression. I am taking the med for PTSD and panic disorder, and never had depression that affected me this strongly. I really believe it is the drug turning on me. Does anybody else have this experience. The depressive thoughts sometimes scare me.

Posted by: Lisette at July 13, 2009 4:54 PM

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. I finally realized it and sought treatment when I was 25. At that time I was put on celexa. It changed my life completely and, while it worked, I experienced the best years of my life. Unfortunately, after 4 or 5 years, it stopped working. Again, it took me a little while to realize that I again was suffering from depression and changed meds almost a year ago. I've had little success and fear I will never feel as good and as normal as I did on celexa. I'm wondering, since I have been off of celexa for 10 to 11 months now, if I restarted it, would my brain react to it again so that I can get the same benefit as before? I'm really getting desperate. I do have a couple more options yet, but just trying to figure out if celexa could again be an option.

Posted by: Anna at August 30, 2009 12:39 PM

I'm fifteen years old and I have been taking celexa for a few months. It has really changed my life around and I've had little side effects. But latley i've been noticing that I'm not as loving to people, like I was when I was depressed. I feel like the pills took away some of my emotion, does anyone else feel like that?

Posted by: katerina at December 6, 2009 12:07 AM

Ive been depressed for a long time since my fiance died
I am anxious and I hate working When finally I couldnt deal with everything thats the only time I asked for professional help they tried me in celexa I never felt so great after the third day Im more happier and more relax and never felt so great!!thanks

Posted by: sheena at December 9, 2009 11:46 AM

I just started citalopram a few days ago and have gone through a gammet of side effects. Have dealt with anger issues for sometime. I have been on Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor and now Citalopram. First day was nasty diarrhea and a very restless night. Second day mild headache, slept ok. Third day pretty good, but got into a mild spat with the wife and got very down. Seems to be working with the anger. Normal tasks that did not go well would just infuriate me for the rest of the day. I was very mean and nasty with my wife, children, and hated myself and my life. Went to the doctor, he said its not my wife or kids, it's me. Kinda wake up call. Prescribed the Citalopram and have noticed a big difference already. My wife however is not convinced just yet (getting the cold shoulder since my family has been dealing with my anger for so long). I just have to realize that I will be on this for the rest of my life and no matter how bad I may want to go off of it later, I can't.

Posted by: scott at April 30, 2010 1:02 PM

I am going to start Celexa this friday. I am nervous. I am taking it for depression, anxiety and I also use to have an eating disorder. I was supposed to be on lexapro but My insurance did not cover that medication. I am afraid of gaining weight and I heard of people getting suicidal thoughts, turning into a zombie and so on. I just want to be my old exuberant self again. Will this medication help?

Posted by: Jen at September 23, 2010 8:53 AM

How long (from your first pill 20mg) does it take for the drug to show up in a blood test?

Posted by: will at October 12, 2010 1:25 PM

I have been on 20mg of celexa (citalopram) for almost 2 years (110 lb, 23 yo F). I consider it to be a life saver. I was prescribed for generalized anxiety, but I also felt my mood improve so significantly. I never sought treatment for clinical depression, but I used to have the lowest moments of intense despair and loneliness. Now, while I can feel sad, I do not EVER feel the depth of the hopelessness I used to feel. It is like a safety net!

Sometimes I worry that I have lost some cognitive abilities, like the ability to articulate myself as intelligently, or remember all my conversations with people. However, I think this could also be a result of significantly lowered social anxiety - and as a result I just converse much more in general (kind of diminishing the average brilliance of each statement i make).

I have also begun to have more difficulty reaching orgasm, but it can certainly still happen.

I don't consider either of these possible side effects deterrents for taking this medication. I think it is WONDERFUL, and worth a try!

Posted by: 23female at November 5, 2010 2:27 PM

My boyfriend has been on Celexa for over 4 years, he started taking it for anxiety. I have been with him for 6 months and we have never had a normal sex life. The first few times we had sex there wasn't a problem, but after that he could not reach an orgasm and had no desire for sex. I was understanding at first because he told me it was the medicine. He started taking a lower dosage a few months ago and was able to reach orgasms finally, but his desire to have sex is still not there. What disturbs me the most is he has said he hasn't had this problem with the medication before. He has said his desire in the past has never been this low (to non-existent). Is it possible for this side effect to just occur after all these years of taking it? Does anyone have any experience with this or advice?

Posted by: C at September 16, 2011 12:49 PM

I've been on Celexa for a month and so far, I've had plenty of side effects from it...

My heart rate has dropped a lot since taking it

My sleep habits are off...I get really tired after taking it, and it will literally knock me out for a few hours. And when I'm sleep..I have the strangest dreams now.

I have a very dry mouth...I almost feel dehydrated all the time

It has intensified my symptoms in a way...I'm more jittery than ever. And my mood swings are more drastic now than ever.

I just believe this isn't the medication for me.

Posted by: Angie at September 20, 2011 8:29 AM

celexa, from what I know, does work well to help with many bipolar symptoms. However, I have seen many who struggle coming off of citalopram (celexa) with lots of annoying side effects. Want some support while weening off your dose? Check this out:http://www.citalopramwithdrawal.com/

Posted by: Franklin at October 26, 2011 6:16 PM

My mother is 88 and has taken Celexa for about 1 month at 40 mg. She has morning episodes of extreme shakiness and panic and anxiety.

Posted by: Toni at December 11, 2011 2:22 AM

does celexa cause ringing in the ears and can it stay in your system for months after you quit taking it?

Posted by: Pam at February 17, 2012 10:45 AM

Today is my first day taking Citalopram after only a few hrs I got diarreah. My body feels hot expecially my stomach. I also noticed my mouth feels weird as it is shut close. I feel neutral, more like numb. I've been reading all of ya'lls post and Im concerned but at this point I'm willing to try anything to make me feel less shittier. I used to rely on marijuana for that "neutral" feeling but Im not sure if its bad mixing as the doctor told me not to drink alcolohic beverages. Does anybody smoke and also takes citalopram?

Posted by: Kayla at March 6, 2012 12:25 PM

I am still getting brain short circuits after 7 weeks stopping celexa. when will it end.

Posted by: paula shea at April 13, 2012 12:02 PM

I started a generic form of Celexa two months ago started on 10 grams for 7 days,then to 20 grams.About three weeks ago I saw another Doctor and I said the Celexa was helping my depression quite well,so I was told to go to 30 grams.Soon I started to distrust myself and tell myself that life this way wasn,t good any more.I complined to the nurse that was giving me an assessment and she was worried about me and cut the celexa to 10 mg for three days to reduce the levels and go back to 20 grams that seemed to be alright for me.I was suffering from depression and the celexa really does help me not to be depressed.

Posted by: Larry at April 13, 2012 10:20 PM

I have been taking Celexa for 6 months now. I think it's awesome! I had some weird side effects at first. Loss of appetite, extremely vivid dreams, tired all day, and constipation. Those have faded now and I have started eating like a damn horse. It's almost like you get different side effects in waves. By the 3rd month of taking it I noticed my hair falling out a lot more than I am used to. I mean it didn't maker have bald spots but I was a little alarmed about it. Vivid dreams come and go. Sex drive sucks, but can still orgasm. This drug has improved my menstrual cycle from what it was before taking it. (pre-menopausal) Over all I think the drug is great and I can tell a big difference in myself. I don't fly off the handle about little things. I feel that my patience has come back to me, loud noises no longer bother me and I feel less anxious.

Posted by: Melanie at June 22, 2012 1:09 AM

Celexa is working great for me. I haven't cried in 3 weeks!!!!!!! I used to try to get away and have a few minutes upstairs in my room just to have a meltdown, at least every other day. I felt so sad and alone. Nothing in my life has changed... but the need to cry isn't there. I even did some paperwork that I have put off for my business.... its been stressing me for a year.... and I got some of it done today! It wasnt so hard to start this time!! I love God with all my heart.... and go to Him all the time... now His first words to me arent "Everything's okay".... i guess because I already know they are. In the past I've struggled with bulemia and depression... since I was a teenager... and it seems the week before my menstrual cycle I would completely think my life was too overwhelming. I am so glad for this chapter in my life... and Celexa has given me the edge and ability to carry on!

Posted by: Nikki at August 6, 2012 9:05 PM

I have been on Citalopram for about a year now, thankfully it works really well. My only issue is that I have no health insurance and I am a full time student so I stress over the cost of it. I recently came across a Citalopram coupon that has saved me just about 75% on the cost. This has helped me tremendously. If anyone wants to try this out, you can register (it's totally free) to get a coupon here- http://medicationcoupons.com/celexa_coupon

Posted by: Lisa M at September 11, 2012 2:34 PM

Hi. My boyfriend is on Celexa and can't ejaculate. He doesn't have a problem with getting erect or stamina but can't finish. I want to be able to help. Any suggestions on how to?

Posted by: Holly at September 19, 2012 3:03 PM

After reading all the warnings that came with the pills I was really worried about possible heart problems after a long term use. Nevertheless, "trusting" on a psychiatrist I went ahead and took only half as recommended (10 mg)by doctor. I took it tried to relax waited an hour to see of any effects, since I only seemed to be sleepy I went to sleep. 20 mins later I woke up with shortness of breath, it also felt like someone had sat on my head and shoulders, and I found myself trying to cath my breath. I thought well it is just becuse this medicine causes drawsiness tried to practice deep breathing and went to sleep again. 20 mins later there I wa again woken up because I was trying to catch my breath, I did exactly the same, tried to calm down and regulatemy breathing and went to sleep. This kept on happenning for the next 5 hours....!
It took for my body to start breathingnormally 12 hours. I called the doctor he said that was a "panic" attack which was not, I have suffered from panics attacks for more than 20 years now and what I actually had was a bad reaction to that awful medication. I am also non tolerant to NSAIDs and Flu meds and I experienced the same EXACTLY the same symptoms as if I were taking NSAIDs or flu meds. So if you have the same profile, be aware this might happen to you.
.... and dont let doctors intimidate you even though they are there to "help" sometimes being insistent to find the most appropriate treatment will save you from issues.

Posted by: Celexa: Not Good at October 3, 2012 12:47 AM

Have you ever woken up struggling to breathe, telling yourself you can breath and you must breath. Have you ever suffocated to the point where you didn't understand why you didn't... suffocating to the point where you feel you're drowning everyday, everynight, at work, at home, have you ever looked at someone when you were suffocated and you tried not to show it. You son of a bitch 60mg of Celexa saved me, save my life and In between you and me I'd rather die once than 10 times a day you have to tell doctors that if their patients insist on 60 mg they must prescribe, if you don't you will be reponsible for my death...do it soon or you are murderers

Posted by: Lorraine Renaud at January 4, 2013 7:20 AM

Hi ..well now that I got much more info abt the side effects of celexa im in shock my life change so so much the point that I lost custody of all my 7 kids ..when I was leaving in a group home when I was only 16 yrs I was a teen mom . I was never explain wath this meds could do to my body (not jst the body even worst my love ones also).. my parents where in the pik bt to me it seems like they never wanted me to get release to them ...I was release at the age of 18 with my son...and I now see this medication effects are anger very strong emotions change till this day I have in mind I will never forgive my parents for leaving me in that group home with my 1 yr old son ..I have a very low self steam..I always try to put ppl before me not carrying abt my self ...now ofcourse I love my kids to death I jst feal like im not doing enough for them I cant listen to all this kids english singers and no I wont for one second sponge bob I stay away frm playgrounds and no kids birthday partys I never attend ...I have anger to my self to my babys daddy and ofcourse my parents ...I feal everyone is better than me in all actions ...I cant never keep my word like being there in time I dont agree with no one I dont like to go to stores I dont visit my fam..bt wath im worry abt is my children that I knw I can I knw I have it all in my hands to do much more ...I think I need help.. I already took counseling 3 sesion and I dont think that help me at all ..

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