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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
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Celexa Feedback and Side Effects

I have been on Prozac for 7 years and I was falling apart. Outburts, unable to control my anger, drinking way too much alcohol and losing control.
I began Celexa about 4-5 weeks ago and had just had my dosage increased to 30 mg.
I believe I do feel better, I have since gotton fired from my job and really am not wigging out about it like I thought I would. I feel hopefull for my future and feel that if I do have a bad day tomorrow will be better. I havent' felt like this like forever in my life.
I still am unable to read a book, just small articles here and there but I hope to go back to reading novels without all the mind racing.

Side effects change daily for me it seems. I have had loose stool the whole time some days worse than others. My sleep patterns are also different from day to day. I fall asleep earlier and wake up only to want to take another nap about 11am and sleep for 3 hours. Another night I will sleep like 3 hours the whole night.
The worse part is the sweating...I sweat so much it's ebarrassing. It acturally beads up on my forehead and rolls off my face. I'm starting back at the gym this week and I probably will end up looking like a wet dog.

I feel my appetite as decreased and have to force myself to eat breakfast. Which is a good thing.

Next week my dosage will be going to 40mg. We will see what happens.

Sacto, CA

Posted by: Yvonne at October 19, 2005 12:21 AM

I have been taking Celexa for approx. 3 years. I started on a low dose (.5 mil) and about 1 year ago finally made it to 40 mil/day. I have anxiety and panic attacks (at their worst 4 or 5 every day). In the beginning I had some of the same symtoms that others have mentioned....sleeping for 14-15 hours (when I didn't set my alarm), slightly light headed, etc. I have gained weight and experience the lack of motivation but haven't had a panic attack in well over a year. When I feel anxious I understand what is going on and can get through it relatively easy. For me it is working out well.

However, the excessive sweating is getting to me. I am past menopause but feel, every day like I am having that major major "power surge". I can only wear a blouse, sweater, tee-shirt, once and sometimes for only a few hours. Our house is too cold for anyone else and I haven't worn a coat in two years. Does anyone else have this problem and have you found anything, anywhere, somewhere that helps???

Thank you.

Posted by: Janie at November 8, 2005 10:22 PM

I have noticed a dramatic weight gain since I have been taking Celexa and was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I lost 30 lbs. last year and all of a sudden this weight has piled on, coincidentally at the same time I started taking Celexa.

Posted by: S. Gold at November 10, 2005 12:54 PM

hi, I've been taking celexa now for two week ,i feel a little better but still getting anxiety.Im hopeful that the longer i take it the symtoms of panic and anxiety disapear.I normally take 20mg before bed time with 1mg of ativan to help me sleep through the night,but near the end of my sleep,say 8 to 10 hr i experience this fading in my head or brain shivers if you will that wake me up! very wierd! I been to the hosp,a couple of times and they tell me its just part of my anxiety panic problem. If anybody out there has the same symtom or experiences with or without this medication please post and let me know. thx VERY WIERD!!!

Posted by: JAMES at November 27, 2005 5:06 PM

Hi everyone. I am suffering from anxiety right now. I used to have an attack after something traumatic happens, say a death of a loved one or some extremely bad news and after a short while (a week or two) it used to go away. This year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What a shocker!!! They caught it early and i've had the surgery and first chemo treatment, but I'm still dealing with body shakes and nervous stomach and the feeling as if I want to climb out of my skin. On a good day i just feel agitated or anxious so much so even washing the dishes takes to long and my patience is very short. I was hoping that after I started the chemo treatment, all of these feelings would start to die down. Will I be like this forever? It's been about 3 months now. How long will this last? It's getting in the way of my everyday life. Is there any help?

Thanks for listening


Posted by: Celeena at December 9, 2005 4:51 PM

i took effexor for 10 yrs, i changed to cymbalta.
that made me more depressed, and upset. i went to another doctor, he prescribed celexa and i feel better than ever. i have even lost 15 lbs.
its the best for me so far.

Posted by: anna claxton at December 11, 2005 12:36 AM

i took effexor for 10 yrs, i changed to cymbalta.
that made me more depressed, and upset. i went to another doctor, he prescribed celexa and i feel better than ever. i have even lost 15 lbs.
its the best for me so far.

Posted by: anna at December 11, 2005 12:38 AM

I have been on Celexa for 4 weeks now. The first week was a little strange but after I got through it I did feel better. My depression isn't as dark and I am grateful so far. I am on 20mg and I have not had a change in my libido. I would describe the side effects as pretty close to zero. I still feel like my old self....I just don't sink down as low as I used to. It's like I can "shake off" the dark feeling but I am still aware that it is there....I am feeling positive about fighting this depression.

Posted by: elena at February 2, 2006 9:06 PM

I just started celexa again after being off for a year due to pregnancy and wanting to breastfeed. I was on celexa for 6 years before that. Celexa has really helped me with my depression and anxiety, except since ive been on it only for a week now, i realize how tired it makes me, and the lack of motivation i have which sucks because i have 2 kids to take care of one of which is a 10 month old who needs constant attention. but where ive only been on it a week, it's potential hasnt fully peaked yet, all i can do for the fatigue for now is coffee, coffee and more coffee.
ive suffered from depression pretty much my whole life and have been on countless meds since i was 14 i am now 29, i was on, (excuse my spelling)-, dizipramine, pamalor,prozac,zoloft,paxil.. after being off meds for several years, i was put on paxil,but it made me soo tired, the dr. switched me to celexa and i found it to be the best drug for my situation. now that ive started taking it again, i am looking forward to being able to function better and not worrying so much about everything. counseling will probably prove to be effective if i can motivate myself enough to follow thru.. where art thou friend caffeine?

Posted by: nicole at February 21, 2006 11:26 AM

I took Celexa for three weeks. There were both positive and negative effects. On the positive side, I had more energy, felt more comfortably socially, and fewer negative thoughts. The first two weeks were rough; I was spacy and unfocused. The side effects went away but I ended up having to stop the celexa because I found that it was making me clench my jaw while sleeping, which led to a very sore jaw and difficulty eating (An anti-anxiety medication called Buspar can take care of the teeth clenching). I have switched to Lexapro, been on it four days and so far have found that it makes me very tired.

Posted by: Adam at February 21, 2006 12:42 PM

I have battled with depression since my teens and now in my 30's it is back to haunt my days and nights.......I mistakenly went off my meds in the summer when things were going wonderfully for me. Big Mistake! By late fall I had relapsed into a depression that was full scale deep black hole by Feb.....so I went back on celexa after being on and off of it for 3 or so years. It is a great drug for me.....I've seen the change and effects in just 3 weeks of my full 40mg dose. First I started off with just one pill (20 mg) because of the side effect issue and I still needed to be physically well enough to go to work......I did experience the nausea and tiredness but had to push through that to experience some type relief. Then after 2 weeks of small doses I took it up to 2 pills to try to get on the road to recovery. After a few weeks and hardly any real awful side effects...they go away if you can push through.........There is hope! This is the drug for me....the black cloud is lifting! Depression sucks anyway you look at it.....get some help! Your life deserves it.

Posted by: Jaxon at March 15, 2006 3:41 PM

Started on celexa 3 years ago - living in isolated mining town with post-natal symptoms - initially on one 20mg a day but managed to wean myself down to 20mg every 3 days over last year. However, recently feel symptoms sneaking back. Not sure if this is menopause (I'm 45) or the drug.

Main problem (even on reduced dose)is libido. Husband totally unhelpful about this - would prefer me depressed so long as he gets some. Marriage consequently under a great deal of strain.

Other symptoms are heart palpitations, sleepiness/insomnia episodes, headaches etc. But I prefer these any day to depression!

Posted by: Claire at March 25, 2006 8:39 AM

i've taked 9 different ssri drugs...celexa having the least side effects for me. it's been affordable because i use the generic. all my symptoms for its need were brought on by pregancy. don't know if the "real" me will ever kick in but this week i decided to try and go off celexa. had the "brain fevers", hot flashes. couple of migraines. so far it's been the easiest to withdrawl from...paxil was awful...made me physical ill. i am finding that drinking a lot of water, a good nite's sleep and eating healthy are helping me through this.

Posted by: Annie at March 29, 2006 8:19 AM

Perhaps I have been on too long. I am going on four years now...and have found celexa's effects not as benificial. At first.. I was amazed at the effect it had on my depression and mood swings. Now,,,I feel my depression slowly coming back. I tried to wean my self off once before , only to find that my ability to cope with everyday simple life overwelming. My doctor promptly put me back on , but I don't have the same benefits. Two children and my husband are counting on me...

Posted by: VAL at April 1, 2006 2:28 PM

I am suffering from LACK OF EMOTIONS. I dont cry, I dont feel nervous, I dont feel angry, I dont fall in love. I dont feel anything in my heart. I hate myself so much. I isolate myself from ppl bcoz of this problem. I feel so embarassed if an emotion is expected from me like when someone yells at me bad words like FUCK YOU YOU SON OF A BITCH! I cant even react. I give no reactions or emotions. and I look stupid bcoz I dont even show any emotions even in intense situations like this. When my grandmother died I did not even cry. When everyone else around me is bursting into tears, even the men, and even the non-relatives cried, except for me. I was just so emotionless as if it was an everyday situation that was occuring. Nothing in my heart that I felt. I felt no pain, no nervousness, nothing. Something is terribly wrong with me and it affects my personal life. It depresses me so much. Even now that im writing this. I want to cry so bad. I want to burst into tears. But nothing comes out of my emotions. Im like a robot. Nothing. Whenever I need to cry and I do not cry, it manifests all over my body. I get dehydrated, headaches. Its all physical pain. I get taken advantage of every situation bcoz ppl think that im numb and insensitive. When my bf left me for another girl, I did not even cry. But I was so affected, mentally and psychologically that it affected my whole body. I got really dehydrated and depressed (but i did not cry). I was just so empty. I dont know what to do. I searched all over the net but i did not find any treatment for this condition. There is no such thing as "drug to boost emotions". I feel that my heart is paralyzed. My emotions are paralyzed. I always pray to god to give me emotions. Please doctors, please do something about this kind of disorder. It is really hell. If only you could imagine.

As a child, I was the shy introverted type without any friends at the corner of a classroom. I did not join any clubs, any groups. Whenever there'd be a field trip or a program id make an alibi to my mom that there's no school that day or that that day is not important so that I wont have to go to school on events like those. I was ultra quiet. My words were very limited and soft. But that was in school. At home I was the happy, family-oriented child. I was the youngest of 4 and I was the baby. I was very sensitive to my emotions. When someone raises a voice, Id burst into tears in a snap. My emotions were very high. Id feel intense jealousy if my mom sleeps beside my other sister. I was very emotional at that time. As I was growing up, still I had no friends. No bestfriends, no shallow friends, nothing. I was alone. During lunch time Id wait inside the classroom for the bell to ring while everyone else is enjoying outside. My classmates were trying to befriend me but I was just too introverted that I felt like I had no stories to share. I felt like I was always left out. So what would happen is that Id just isolate myself again. People had the impression of me as the most quiet student. Whenever Id speak out even a little everyone wld simply pay attention to me and it wld thus make me feel the more awkward. So the time came when my family became different. We were not the same old sweet and happy people. For whatever reason, it simply changed. Maybe bcoz we were growing up. We did not give as much respect to our parents as before. And of cors I was not anymore a baby but just one of my siblings (we only have an age gap of 1 or 2 years apart from each other) so basically, our maturity levels are just the same. My sisters had their own group of friends from school. And me, in school, I was still the same. School was hell for me. I had no one to talk to for the whole day. And break time was even worse bcoz Id look stupid on one corner of the classroom, eating alone, while everyone had their own groups. I wld just pretend to be taking a nap on the table so that I wld have an excuse why I was alone. It was very embarassing for me especially that I was already in high school at that time. Still, I was still in denial. I was still hopeful that by next year, Id be more talkative and have friends. By next year I'll get a makeover, a new me. When I get to college, Id be popular and stuffs like those. But nothing ever changed. All my life I never had friends. My only friends are my siblings. (Im already 24). Whenver I'd go out, it would be with my siblings or with my mom. Id also join my siblings and their friends in going out. Even if I felt a little "out of place" still, I hang out with them coz I have no choice. I have no friends. I got used to the feeling of being "out of the circle" and it was normal for me. I couldnt form relationships. I was always a shool dropout bcoz I didnt go to school. Now I just finished my course bcoz my brother is my classmate so we go to school together. I hate it that Im always with my siblings specially with my brother but again I have no choice.

There was a time when I was still in high school my sisters were yelling at my mom and I was very pitiful to her. My mom loaned money from the bank, to invest in a million worth business but the business was a racket. My mom stuck herself up on the room just so to shut herself from any blames but my sisters still went up to her to shout at her, to kick her, and my mom was just crying and begging them to stop and saying she just wants to die. I did not see the scenario but I was hearing them from the first floor of the house. It was too mentally torturing. But then I knew that I could not do anything to stop them coz my opinions wld not matter to them. Im just me. So what I did was just to shut myself and pretend as if nothing's happening. Things like those always happened. I was shocked to myself when a scenario happened, my child cousin was throwing tantrums and he got a knife from the kitchen. He ran towards his mom and so they were running around. I was taking a bath all those times but I could hear what was happening. I could hear there was panic in the voices of the people outside. And I knew that my cousin was catching his mom with a knife. But me, I just continued taking a bath and was like very cool and calm as if nothing was going on. When I got out my brother told me that our cousin was about to stab my aunt and I was like "ya I heard" and went to my room like nothing. At first I found it cool. I thought I was just too calm and cool. But later on I realized Its more than just that. Im not anymore human. I dont have emotions anymore. I dont get angry, I dont feel nervous, I dont cry. As in... nothing. I dont feel anything in my chest or in my heart. I dont fall in love anymore like normal people.

I had a boyfriend bcoz I wanted to.. not bcoz I fell in love. I had him at age 21. I isolated myself from him. I put a barrier between us. We were together for slightly more than a year but evrything only seemed like 3 weeks, or even less. We'd only seen each other once a month. We would only text each other. He wanted to meet my family but I was always afraid. I was afraid for him to find out the real me, an emotionless me. I was afraid that he'll be with me during a situation that I need to react but id still have flat affect, expressionless. I was even afraid that when anyone of my family dies right in front of me and everyone, even the maids cry, and me, as still as a stone. I was afraid to let him know that I had no emotions. I would accept to myself if im depressed, which i am. i wake up each day feeling very very empty. but i can accept that. What i cant accept is this emotionless state of mine. Sometimes when a sad situation happens and my heart would not feel anything, Id self-mutilate to feel some pain. Not too much self-mutilation. Im not suicidal. Just to prick myself. Sometimes Id even punch my chest as if triggering my emotions but nothing happens. Im afraid that what a psychiatrist might offer me is just an antidepressant bcoz Ive tried that. I was feeling happy with prozac, but the emotional numbness was still there. I searched all over the net but I found no drug that triggers the emotions. It's just so unfair. There's a drug that stops the depression but there's no drug that triggers the emotions. Everyday I practice crying or triggering my emotions but then a tear doesnt even drop. I am so depressed, very very depressed, yet I cant even express the depression. As much as I want to burst out, as in burst out into tears, but my emotions dont respond. I feel like my chest is paralyzed. Im so helpless. I dont know if I should go to a neurologist or a psychiatrist.

Posted by: sidney at April 2, 2006 12:59 PM

Well I am patient who takes celexa but now the generic brand is out my insurance pays for that the reason I am writing to you is because I want to Know the side effects I think there are side effects not going to the bathroom becoming very constipated.That is the problem I am having I been on the medicine for 5 years

Posted by: Regina Howard at April 5, 2006 1:51 PM

My doctor is riasing me up from 5 mg to 40 to 60 mg. I want to know if the libido issue can get better? And how high is too high for this drug. I have both depression and either GAd or OCD- mental onlu- osessive worrying but no compulsions or rituals of any kind.

Posted by: Linda Smith at May 1, 2006 7:59 PM

i have been taking 5 mg celexa for 5 days and feel very tired and mentally drained. how long does it take for a 59 yr old male to adjust to the meds?

Posted by: mark bohnett at May 24, 2006 8:47 PM

I have been on Celexa for a year and a half now. I am taking 60 mg a day now to treat my depression. The worst thing I find about this medication is that it causes me to fidget nervously and have muscle spasms. It also find that it makes my PMS worse. Other than those two major negative feedback, it's relatively good. I haven't experienced a personality change and I laugh a lot more and am able to maintain happiness for more than a little while. I think I am well on the road to recovery of depression.

Posted by: Astrid at July 20, 2006 11:08 PM

Should I be taking my Celexa while taking Zyprexa and Lamictal?

Posted by: Scott at August 20, 2006 11:51 PM

my wife and i are going through marital problems. She is on celexa for about 3 years. 40mg. She just had a huge mood swing. she wants to leave me and i was wondering if this could be the problem. we have 3 kids married for 12 years now. we do have some issues but was wondering if celexa is causing her not to feel any emotion toward me and the kids. she has just shut me off. I ask her about the kids and all she says is the kids will be fine. she has no emotion at all. please help

Posted by: m jones at November 4, 2006 11:37 AM

I am 45, female, and have been taking Celexa 8 years now. I have multiple anti-autoimmune disorders and take 6 medications plus garlic and Estroven. I have chronic depression secondary to chronic illness. For three years, I dealt with sucidial ideation almost every day. Within the first four weeks of Celexa, I was feeling better. As time went by, I felt better and better. It took several years though, to finally feel like I was out of the suicidial state. This was after 3 years of Zoloft and a complete mental "breakdown." It would be difficult to determine if most symptoms are side effects of medications or symptoms of my medical conditions. Except the effect on my libido. I was multi-orgasmic, and my husband and I were very sexually compatiable, despite my depression! Zoloft decreased my libido, but with effort, orgasm was still possible. I tried Welbutrin briefly, once, but it upset my stomach too much. I no longer have any libido. For years I forced myself to perform sex any way, to satisfy my wonderful husband. That's no longer possible due to chronic vulvitis. I did speak up to all my doctors. My Psychiatrist says NO to discontinuing anti-depressants. I do have fears of reaching rock bottom (suicide), and decided it's best not to take that chance.

Posted by: Sandra Sherlin at January 26, 2007 1:04 AM

I have been on Celexa for almost a month now. At first my pupils were so dialated I looked strange, I called into work for 2 days when my dosage was upped to 20 mg. All I could do was sleep and walk around like a zombie. Once I got through that initial phase I feel MUCH better. I used to cry every day, be angry all the time, and have occasional panic attacks. Now I feel normal for the first time in my life. I can understand how to deal with things in a constructive manner instead of lashing out or crying for hours on end. The only thing is that I don't think that it is physically possible for me to cry anymore. I am a little worried about that. Everyone needs to have that ability, but just not do it every day. I look forward to taking my pill each morning, then I know that I will have a good day. I only regret not getting on this many years ago before I ruined every relationship that I have ever been in. Makes me wonder how different my life could have been if I asked for help earlier. I recommend this pill and have been very happy for the first time ever.

Posted by: Angela at February 13, 2007 5:03 PM

I have been on Celexa for the past 3 weeks. I realized about a month ago that I've been depressed since I was about 18...I am now 35. After reading everyone's comments, I guess I HAVE noticed a lack of emotion lately. My libido definitely has suffered and I'm sure my husband has started taking things personally. I take my pill at night before bed along with Ambien to help me sleep. I no longer suffer from anxiety and my anger levels have decreased considerably. I'm up to 20mg from the initial 10mg that I was prescribed and the only thing that bugs me is the upset stomach and loose bowels. I also have noticed some fatigue in the past week. I ended up taking naps in the middle of the day. I no longer have to force myself out of bed each morning...infact, I've been taking long walks almost everyday as a form of exercise. One of my therapists even suggested sunlight therapy, so I've also been taking my kids to the park everyday so we all can get a little sunshine. I'm thankful for the Celexa. I DO feel better...for the first time in a LONG time.

Posted by: That Girl Tam at June 11, 2007 8:20 PM

I have never blogged before this week but I have decided it is time to speak out. The pressure on docs to write these meds is immense because the public has come to believe (thanks to massive marketing efforts by Big Pharma) that depression really is due to a chemical imbalance. I would not be all that upset if patients took meds they do not need if they did no harm but we now realize that long-term use is tied to diabetes (#1 cause of blindness and amputations), liver failure, movement disorders, etc. Short term use is even a problem (sexual dysfunction, constipation, sleep problems,etc.) The best and most important book ever written on mental health (America Fooled) ought to be read by every person who has ever had a doctor suggest that they take one of these drugs and by anyone who has a loved one taking these drugs. There are better alternatives than taking a drug that can ruin your health and ding your budget.

Posted by: Thomas Smith at June 17, 2007 6:48 AM

hello im 15 and ive been taking my depression medication for about a year its prozac 50 milligrams, i suffer from depression, and anxiety, and ptsd. post tramatic stress disorder.. my mom says i dont need my medication so she stopped getting them from the pharmacy, and hasnt tooken me to my psychtrist.. what should i do.. contact my consuler and my psychorist?

Posted by: andrea at September 25, 2007 10:18 AM

I am currently taking 40mg of celexa. It's been approximately over 90 days since I've been taking this drug for depression. I have to admit that this drug has some what curtailed my out of no where crying bouts, but I still experience depression every day. On this medication, I still find myself finding it hard to get out of bed everyday. I literally stay in bed until 12:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon everyday. I don't know how to get back into life.

Posted by: Lorena Bautista at September 26, 2007 10:39 PM

is this like Lexapro?

Posted by: jenny at November 3, 2007 12:28 PM

I agree very much that for some people, depression can be a signal they need to change behaviours, habits or situations in their lives. For me, I honestly did that. I had years of therapy, changed my work situations, changed my living habits, etc. I tried acupuncture, homeopathy, sleep studies, dietary changes, exercise, in short, everything I could think of... All of these things helped in certain ways, but at a fundamental level, I felt sad and desperately depressed ALL the time. I could function, but every day was a fight. I felt like I was fighting to breathe air that everyone else had easy access to. I would get extremely anxious - sometimes about things as simple as putting gas in the car. It is a testiment to my support network of family, friends, and professionals, that I was able to try everything I did.
I was VERY resistant to trying medication - I thought of it as a way of covering up what was really going on. I thought if I just worked hard enough, I would be able to get over it.
Finally, I gave up and tried the medication. It is true that it changes your perception of things. It changed mine to the point that I can now see reasons to live, instead of reasons to not bother. I can see how lucky I am, with a great husband, great job, and friends. Before, I could see that logically, but had no way to feel it inside. I still get sad sometimes, and I still have days where I feel like I'm struggling. I don't feel "covered up" the way I expected to, but actually more myself than I ever hoped to. I have the confidence to be out there in the world in a way I never imagined. Just being however I am in that moment - tired, fragile, happy, joyful - all of it.
I know that drugs aren't right for everybody. I have had friends try them, and they genuinely have not been good for them. I know that truthfully, nobody really knows why these meds work. The theories they've had keep getting shot down. I just know that they have given me the ability to find the will to live. I don't have to fight to breathe anymore. I'm very grateful for that - I think I'm one of the lucky ones.

Posted by: Sian Rowlands at January 10, 2008 1:06 PM

wife is on celexa, she cries all the time, it never really improved her mood, she is angry, depressed, bitter sometimes cries uncontrollably

Posted by: rob at April 4, 2008 10:08 AM

What are the general side effects of Celexa

Posted by: josie at April 18, 2008 11:24 AM

I've been taking Celexa for exactly two weeks. I feel a little better, depression wise. Physically, I slept all day the first week, but that is better. I do have some palpitations now and then, daily. Celexa related?

I'm doing better. Hoping the depression will lift entirely so I can get back to feeling 'normal'.

Posted by: Crickett at July 21, 2008 11:56 PM

I have taken Celexa on two separate occasions for about 4-6 months at a time for depression due in part to situational factors. Both times I found it immediately helpful - it seemed to start working the second day. However, I discontinued it because it made my periods very very painful and I gained weight.

Now I find myself severely depressed again. My history of bouts of depression goes back to at least age 9, though i was never formally treated for it until age 28.

Because I have fibromyalgia syndrome, I've been using low dose antidepressants to aid sleep and pain control since 1989. At this point I've been taking trazodone for four years and have had to triple the dose to 100 mg. This dose is helping me sleep; however, the depression remains.

I'm allergic to Zoloft and Prozac, Effexor makes me mentally slow and Wellbutrin causes agitation. I tried Luvox and Paxil about 15 years ago and couldn't sleep on those meds.

Does any one have any suggestions?

Posted by: Gabrielle at August 5, 2008 4:32 PM

i began taking this (Citalopram)sev. yrs ago on drs. order. if i take it in the a.m. i experience noticeable fatigue so i take 20 mg in the evening. i tried quitting it altogether but began to feel low (some suicidal) so i resumed with full dose 40 mg & after 3 days could notice a marked improvement. (I've gone bak to 20 mg/da.)i still have tiredness but WTH i'm 76 y.o. generally i think it has helped me although i wonder how much good stuff like this is after CONTINUAL use. I feel fortunate in having an ex. Dr.

Posted by: Allen, Asheville NC, US at August 6, 2008 6:34 PM

the problem i have is everything around is going great my wife was happy i dont express my feelings as i should so she said if i dont find away to deal with these problems we are going to end up breaking up and no matter whether i am with her or not i am depressed and i cant get away from it even before she said this

Posted by: chad madden at November 14, 2008 8:23 AM

I have been fighting depression since my divorce from my first husband in 1996. I have taken zoloft(din't like it),Prozac (it worked pretty good), Lexapro (it worked ok too), and just yesterday I had to go back on meds and Dr. gave me celexa. I have only taken two doses so far and my only complaint is I feel tired and my head is a little spacey. I suppose after a week or two my body will get used to it and maybe that will go away. I don't want to take something that is going to make me a zombie.

Posted by: min at December 10, 2008 1:37 AM

Ive been on this drug for about 4 years now.. I was taking that in conjunction with a mood stabilzler, if your manic depressive, a ssri is NOT for you. Also, doctors are very quick to hand out drugs like candy, because its the easy way of not really helping you. I'm cold turkeying this fucking shit, I think im dying, who ever said withdrawls from herion were hard, thier weak. Caution, think of other things to do to help ur depression. these drugs are hellllllllllllllllllll

Posted by: alext at February 22, 2009 9:11 PM

I just started taking the generic form of celexa yesterday. My doc is starting me on one tablet and then i will work up to three, but so far i feel pretty bad. I was feeling bad but it has made me worse. Should i stick it out, and see if i start to feel better?

Posted by: mark at March 4, 2009 12:04 PM

I have just been taken off depakene, I was not at the full dose I was only at 500 mg a day. 250 in morning and 250 at night. The worst side effect I had was dizziness, regardless of the dose I was always dizzy. The doctors is stopping me on depakene and wanting to start me on Celexa but one the side effects for Celexa I read about is dizziness? They want me to start on 5mg dose and try to work up to 20g. I am not sure I want to even try Celexa

Posted by: stealth at April 14, 2009 9:16 PM

I lost my job and now I have started a very fast pace crummy one. The psychiatrist I went to wanted me to take Celexa. I think about the presciption everyday and whether or not to take it. It has been a month since it was first prescibed to me. I do not know what to do. I am a student and live on my own. I was on Diazepam but my new doctor said that only maskes the problem. I do not want to be dependent on anything and I am fearful of this medication and all the horror stories because I cannot jeopardize my job or my mental health. I have anxiety which is followed by depression off and on. I need to feel balanced out. Some days are worse than others. I am just really scared to take something that is foreign to me.

Posted by: Dawna at April 30, 2009 11:49 PM

Have Been on celexa for little over a month. As far as helping with my depression it is a wonderful medication. I have energy and want to get up and do things again. Don't wanna sleep all the time. The bad thing about it is the excessive sweating. It occurs on my face back of head and neck. Its like I have been in the shower and not dried off. I have to change clothes 4 to 5 times a day from sweating so bad.

Posted by: Christina at June 24, 2009 7:16 PM

I've been off of Celexa for a year now after taking it for a year for general anxiety disorder. While taking the drug, I lost motivation for everything, as I was just so calm. I failed some of my college classes because I knew I could just take them over and didn't bother doing any work. I still could feel happy, but it was lessened and I never felt frustrated or angry.

Now, after a year of being medication free, I'm still finding trouble being passionate about anything. I know how I'm supposed to feel and I know how I would have felt before I started taking the medication.

I was just wondering if Celexa has any long term side effects, such as inhibiting emotions, even after the drug has left your system.

Posted by: Kris at August 24, 2009 5:15 PM

I've been married 28 yrs. to the same women. shes taken 20 mg. celexa for 1-1/2 yrs. she act strange now. not like the person i ever knew. she takes celexa then shes sleepy for a few hours then wired. .i hate what celexa does to her. now she wired from the stimulant in it. i hate what celexa has done to her personality. i have talked to her dr.(srink) who ended yelling at me for questioning the use of celexa. I see divorce in my future ,because the personality change.and strange behavior. induced by celexa. its made with downers&speed. i talk to her about the change in behavior- she doesn't care. she says" I feels GOOD".
signed :soon to be divorced.....

Posted by: morris at August 26, 2009 5:30 AM

my dr perscribed welbutrin and it worked for awhile and then got more depressed so he added celexa..i was so completly oughta it people were wondering what was wrong with me i only took it for 3 days cuz i was so beyond tired is this common

Posted by: debbie at April 6, 2010 8:55 PM

i just started on Celexa yesterday (10mil/day) && i keep on getting these muscle spasms that i can't control.. i was wondering if this is normal when first starting celexa??

Posted by: jessykah at April 7, 2010 1:14 PM

depression is not having anything to do. Or doing the same thing every day, or the constant fighting on the job or at home, or the same time going to work brings the same thing. Depression can change if you change the way of doing little things the minute you get bored. Depression is bordom. So you take a pill and you will fill happy while doing nothing different.

Posted by: cat at July 17, 2010 4:09 PM

I am 61 years old. I have panic and extreme anxiety all of my life. I tried every drug and treatment available in the last 50 years. 9 years ago, my doctor put me on Celexa. I slept for the first 2 weeks. During the 3rd week, I called my doctor as I thought I was having some kind of medical problem. He said I relaxed for the first time in my life and it felt weird. Celexa dramtically changed my life. I never have panic attacks and I have been able to travel all over the world. Before Celexa, going out of my comfort zone was really painful. I love celexa!! My friends and family cannot believe the difference in me. I did gain weight but, who cares. I am happy. I gained about 50 pounds in the first year. I have lost about 30 of it. My ability to climax was not good but, I now take wellbutron every day and I 'm much better. I can feel a panic attack coming but it aborts. Life is good.

Posted by: spiebutter at August 6, 2010 1:31 AM

I started taking Celexa 4 days ago, and i am so tired it is ridiculous! I slept almost all weekend and when i wake up i feel tired and weak. Is this normal? Will it go away after taking it for a couple of weeks? My dr. prescribed this to me because i was taking Pristiq and can no longer afford the cost of it due to no insurance and he felt like it wasnt helping the depression anymore. So I am taking 50mg of Pristiq in the morning along with .5mg of Klonipin to wean off of the Pristiq and taking 20mg of celexa at night i am also prescribed Trazodone to help with sleep but i havent been taking it because the celexa makes me so tired. I am just looking for some words that may be able to help. I dont like taking meds at all and if it werent for anxiety and depression taking over my life i wouldnt be.

Posted by: shanna4681 at December 20, 2010 11:00 AM

Please say NO to Citalopram (Celexa), and don't even think about starting. You will feel worse - I do, TEN WEEKS after a very gradual, tapered withdrawal. Don't let anyone tell you that the stuff is 'one of the easiest to come off' - they're lying, because they don't know. Only trust people who've been on the stuff and survived. There are many, many of us. Try the No More Panic and/or Zen Pizza sites for a start. Believe what I say, please, and good luck, because you'll need it.
"You will start out standing, proud to steal her anything she sees...' (Dylan)

Posted by: annie at June 1, 2011 4:56 PM

ive been having major anxiety. dr put me on 10 mgs of citalopram plus klonpin .05. i take only 5 mgs of citalopram cuz i dont like the way i feel with them. maybe i should take the 10 mgs. any advice. would like to get off these meds for good but the dr says i need them.

Posted by: jean butler at August 23, 2011 11:48 AM

I have been on Celexa twice on different occassion currently on it, 20 mg. It seems to take a slight edge off but not completely. Dr. wants to increase but due to the weight gain I am very hesitant as this is creating other health concerns. Like others, I have noticed some memory loss, and when on higher dosage, almost a feeling of numbness. You really don't care about anything. Seems great right......not really,. Unfortunately with this being said, you don't even feel happiness. You can't remember the last time you smiled or the what brings you joy. Doctor's need to be more careful when prescribing and make patients aware of all possibilities.

Posted by: MOM at November 11, 2011 10:29 PM

I have never taken Celexa, but my aunt did. The results were increased anxiety and tremendous weight gain. Her dementia was exacerbated.

I also took an antidepressant, not Celexa, for four years. The results were devastating. It almost killed my thyroid function. I'm now on a whole foods vitamin routine and iodind supplementation. This program has eradicated the depression, restored my sleep to normal. I was having totally sleepless nights. Now I get 8 hours of great sleep per night. I'm also doing a nautural hormone replacement therapy. All of this is totally organic and natural with no side effects.
Barbara A WWW.depressiontorecovery.com

Posted by: Barbaras at February 9, 2012 10:50 AM

I have been on Celexa for about15 years and i feel great. i never felt any side effects. Yes Im over weight and Celexa might be why, but i also take Tamoxiphen for breast cancer and that also makes you gain weight. Thou i wish i could loose the extra weight. I'm grateful to feel normal again.

Posted by: Linda Torres at May 5, 2012 2:33 AM

I feel much the sme way ab;out celexa as the others that say it kinda makes you feel funny. It has always made me feel that way, but it has also made me feel better so i don't know what to do.

Posted by: vkd at September 9, 2012 8:35 AM

I took celexa for almost a year and it made me feel very good. unfortunately it also caused sexual problems so I got off . Quit cold turkey with the only side effect being insomnia for about 3 months. I want to Get back on it so I can start feeling human again. Gave me more energy and want to do stuff again

Posted by: Ray at September 18, 2012 9:48 PM

my daughter 20 is on celexa. she has terrible night mares. she sees dead people who shes never met. thinks we stand and yell at her and night. she truly believes this. shes been on the medicine a year and a half now. she doesnt smile. cant remember when she was happy. cant concentrate. weight increase of 40 lbs. she is almost bi-polar. has headaches. never taken drugs or drank in her life so this behavior is very abnormal. she is very involved in church too. teaches a children's class. if she tries to go off the meds she does something crazy like run away or cuss us or yell and cry, etc. it makes our life awful. I think its going to take a mental hospital to help us get her straightened out. I never thought I would walk in these shoes. I want my child back again.

Posted by: concerned mom at November 19, 2012 9:08 AM

is it safe to take celexa and azalid together

Posted by: betty at March 13, 2014 3:18 PM

was taking 2 tabs ,dropped it to 1 1/2 the 1 now pn depressed and anxious.

Posted by: ellw at September 25, 2014 5:04 PM

Hi I'm on celexa well the generic and I'm week 3 but some reason enjoy most of my day laying in the bed waiting to take the 20 mg at 5 pm to go to sleep at 7:30 is this the way it s going to be?

Posted by: k at October 10, 2014 7:47 AM

I've been taking 20mg for 2 years. I haven't had any major side effects. I can work, take care of my children, have a better relationship with my wife, etc. I feel I am now able to perform my daily duties. I was on paxil before and i had terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Posted by: Martin at July 7, 2015 7:20 PM

Celexa ruined my life for almost 1yr. I'll never take any pills again as long as I live. Works for some but changed me as a person. I just wanted to die. So glad I'm weening off

Posted by: Cristan at April 4, 2016 10:02 PM

I'm depressed. I take forty mill of Celexa. I can't seem to be happy anymore with the pill. Can I take mother one for help?

Posted by: Selena at April 7, 2016 6:52 PM

I had taken celexa for years..
It was my first anti depressant.
Then I went. Off it on my own.
Then recently I realized I was constantly on the verg of an anxiety attach & had wild emotional swings plus constant underlying depression ~
I went to a phychiatrist 'cause my primary Doc. told me they were experts in prescribing these types of Meds..
I started on 10 mgs for ten days ~then 25 mgs. Now for the first 6 weeks.
I am going to up the dose to 25 mgs by cutting a 20 mg. tablet into four & taking one and 1/4 Th. Tablet each AM.
After the initial side effects of nausea, and being able to hold my urine longer than I should....I had to make sure I did not wait too long to empty my bladder,,,plus I shoot for drinking 8 glasses of water a day for health reasons by my Drs. Orders.
Any way...by the six ~ week mark on 20 mgs. The side effects were mostly gone and,
Low and behold I no longer felt on the bring of anxiety attacks and had a calm about me that helped me keep my emotions mostly even.. And rarely do I have trouble with my emotions.
I'd recommend this medication to others.

Posted by: RAiNiE at May 11, 2016 12:08 AM

do not take celexa my wife shot her self when on 20mg

Posted by: jay haskins at June 2, 2016 1:19 AM

no do not take celexa my wife shot her self when on 20 mg

Posted by: jay at June 29, 2016 12:45 AM

Do not take celexa my wife shot herself when on it in 2014

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