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Re: Celexa Withdrawels--ruth

Posted by dina on July 3, 1999, at 13:26:52

In reply to Re: Celexa Withdrawels--to dina, posted by ruth on July 1, 1999, at 8:00:25

ruth- where do i start? i was first prescribed prozac for depression about 6 years ago. i stayed on prozac for about 4 years. it was the best thing that ever happened to me, it terms of mental well-being. because of the sexual side effects, i decided to try other things. first zoloft, and then nothing for awhile, the depression came back. i tried serzone, then augmented with wellbutrin, and then just wellbutrin. these two, alone and as a combination were not that effective. finally, back to prozac, i started to feel a lot better, but wanted a sex drive. (funny how you begin to miss these things) tried luvox, and then augmented with wellbutrin, then just plain wellbutrin again. wellbutrin really does not work for me. finally celexa. still no sex drive. now, after stopping the celexa, i am taking 5-htp. i started by taking 5-htp to offset some of the withdrawal effects of celexa (i wish i would have done this when i went off zoloft and luvox). it seems that it is similar to the ssri's cause i have some of the same side effects, but i do have orgasms now. i take 2 150mg capsules 2-3 times a day. i also take tyrosine, ginko and vitamin b complex with extra b6 and b12. i sleep a little bit more (8-9 hours vs 6-8) on this, but i am not lethargic during the day, or apathetic. also, i have started seeing a therapist recently and it seems to be very helpful also.

i don't really know what my depression was classified, probably like a major episode and now, like a chronic depression. i am willing to try anything, anything at all to feel well, think rational, be able to function and enjoy life. i don't know it 5-htp is strong enough for me, i am doing well on it, but i have my bad days too. i wonder if i am acting "normal". i have a lot of fear and worry about becoming depressed again, it upsets my life, my job, my friends, and it seems to take such a large chunk of time from the beginning of the downward spiral to when one can see light again. this, for me, is the scariest thing when i was considering going off the ADs. and withdrawal effects made me wonder why i even bothered. the therapist allays my fears and shows me what is really out there, not what i perceive in my own twisted rationale. less, fears, less worrying, that's good. that's a start. i have been off of celexa for over a month, i am feeling good, no longer forgetting what i said 30 seconds ago, i have lost weight that i have gained (from the celexa) and overall,am doing okay.

i hope i was helpful, sorry about the book i just wrote.

take care and stay safe




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