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Re: side effects of celexa:JK

Posted by JK on May 20, 1999, at 20:55:46

In reply to side effects of celexa:JK, posted by maybelle on May 19, 1999, at 1:05:41

Maybelle, Thanks for the response. I think it is 1 tablet in the AM which is 10 or 20 mg. She also takes Lamictal for a prior seizure disorder. She sleeps for about 3 hours after taking the dosage. This is the 4th day, but she has not returned my calls to let me know how she is doing. I'm very worried about her.
> JK,
> You did not say how much celexa your daughter is taking. Also, are there any other meds she's taking? Does she have any other diagnosed conditions (ex: hypoglycemia, diabetes, etc.)? Some other variables that affect how medication works include:
> 1. what time of day the med is taken
> 2. what other things are eaten/drunk at the same time as the med
> 3. the length of time (weeks, years, etc.) that someone has been taking a particular med
> I am in the process of switching from Zoloft to Celexa after being on Zoloft for appx. two years. I have also been treated with Imipramine in the past; with Imipramine, I was directed to take that med at bedtime because of its strong sedative effects. But after taking Imipramine for a long time (months), as with other antidepressants I've taken, the side effects became much less noticable. Our bodies can become accustomed to the effects of many substances--someone who drinks caffeinated drinks every day will attest to that. :)
> I'm not sure whether your daughter will adjust to Celexa similarly, but I would be sure to give an otherwise-effective antidepressant a good chance by examining some of the questions above. And keep your doc regularly up-to-date on problematic side effects...they are very aware that these kinds of problems can result in a patient not taking their meds, and are usually eager to prevent that lapse.




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