Posted by Rebecca on March 29, 2000, at 17:56:02
In reply to IM SOOOOO CONFUSED! HELP! , posted by Laura on March 28, 2000, at 23:57:25
Laura--I'll put in a big positive vote for celexa. for me, it's worked wonders. I've been taking it since December, and am still tweaking things, but it's great to be at a state of tweaking rather than wallowing.
I had nausea and insomnia and constipation at first, and they all went away. Then, when the dose was increased to 60 mg at the end of February, the insomnia returned and I lost my appetite and interest in food. (I also stopped taking risperdal at the same time, so I think the risperdal had been counteracting the celexa side effects). I just started seroquel, and am sleeping more and have my appetite back.
Finding the right medication combination is really an individual thing. A. asked why people don't use prozac instead of celexa--I tried prozac, but it gave me horrible anxiety and insomnia (and I'd never had anxiety problems before). For me, it took a lot of frustration and months of side effects coming and going before I found something that works well with bearable side effects. I ran out of patience several times and thought I'd rather be predicably depressed than wonder what medications would make my body and mind do next.
I'm not sure when/if I'll go off the celexa (I've had depression since adolescence)--for now I'm concentrating on getting to a good and stable state and figuring out what I want to do with my life.