Posted by Marie on March 20, 2000, at 18:11:01
In reply to Re: Celexa Side Effects, posted by Valley Girl on March 20, 2000, at 13:43:12
I'm now on Celexa for 2 weeks and find that my depression has lifted but I feel like a zombie most of the time. Yesterday at church, I missed two of the readings and thought the priest just skipped it until I vaguely remembered that one of my friends did go up to the alter; so I guess she did read. Also, I feel like I'm emotionally dead--no true feelings to laugh. I'm just here. This is weird and I think I'll call my doctor tomorrow about these symptoms. Has anyone else gone through anything like this? I looked up Effexor & it's in a different class than the SSRIs. Does anyone have experience with that drug? Your replies are appreciated. Thanks.
> I haven't noticed anything different in the sex department. I do wake up with a headache and I am sweating alot. Also dry mouth, drinking lots of water. I have been on 20mgs for about 2 weeks, I do not feel any different except the headaches and sweating. I did try Paxil and Zoloft, nothing. I don't think I had any side effects with Paxil, Zoloft made me feel like a zombie!
> Maybe I am clenching my teeth at night because my ears and neck hurt, like a ringing in my ears. I have no desire to take medication. My therapist issued an ultimatum. Take something or I won't work with you anymore. The insurance also pushed me into it. It doesn't seem to be working. It has been three weeks.
> I started taking Celexa in December, and almost immediately noticed a drop in libido. It happened suprisingly quickly, and even on a minimal dose (10mg). I must say, though, that I wanted to get away from some side effects of other meds that I tried (namely Serzone, and Wellbutrin) that made me feel like I could not concentrate, or remember anything. That was terribly frustrating, and made matters even worse.
> > > The decreased libido is a fair exchange - right now - for being able to stay on an even level and to think clearly.
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> > > > I've been taking Celexa now for 12 days and find when I wake in the morning I am very anxious. I take the celexa and it does go away after a few hours. I also experience lack of motivation, and sleepiness. I was on Serzone prior to this and found it worked great up to 2 months ago when I had an excess amount of stress and I guess it just stopped working. I probably should have asked my doctor about increasing the dosage of Serzone instead of him changing me to Celexa. Also, is sexual disfunction a common side effect with Celexa. I've read info that it is with men; how about women? Would love to hear your comments. Thanks.
> > I have taken Celexa (20mg./day) for almost 6 months and LOVE it. I used to cry at the drop of a hat. (I was one of those that would probably cry at K-Mart openings.) But since being on Celexa, I have not cried at all at two funerals, but still experience sadness. I don't think it appears as apathetic. I was just under control. I was much better able to function than fall apart, which was a tremendous help to others who needed a supportive shoulder. I was helping others instead of them helping me for a change. No one knows I am taking Celexa, but I know they have noticed my emotions are on more of what looks to them, as a more stable and mature level. As far as libido, yes.. a big drop at first. Sexual function: there is little feeling in those IMPORTANT areas. :( A patient and loving partner is a must. It seems as though the nerves have been numbed.... It gets there, but takes longer. (oh.. I am a WOMAN) Nausea: eat something with it. It goes away.. You should be exercising anyway, in case you're wondering about the food thing. And it doesn't take that much food. In fact, I feel more like exercising now, and have lost 20 pounds. Before, I couldn't even make myself get out and exercise. Hang in there. The side affects DO decrease. I DO believe it helps with social phobia, also. In fact, I've begun liking people I thought impossible to get along with. In case you're wondering... NO. I do not work for the company who makes Celexa! :)