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Re: Celexa/side effects Mitch

Posted by lizzy on May 13, 2001, at 9:18:30

In reply to Re: Celexa/side effects, posted by Mitch on May 12, 2001, at 11:11:17

How long did it take to gain the 40 pounds? I've been on Celexa for 5 months (20-30mg). Over the last few months I've gained about 4 pounds. I'm worried that if I keep on Celexa I'll slowly gain more weight like lots of other people have mentioned. I'm also considering SAMe. Is that known for weight gain? However, I love the reduction in social anxiety with the Celexa. Do you know if SAMe helps that?

> Celexa is the only SSRI that I can tolerate and I have taken them all with Prozac being the one that I was on the longest (besides the Celexa). I am fascinated that you mentioned having shortness of breath as an adverse effect. That is very weird, because when I had to push Prozac dosage up during depression (I am bipolar with social anxiety) I had the same problem! And when I was on Celexa and I went from just 10mg to 20mg I started having the same reaction! Does anybody out there know what is causing this with SSRI's???
> I've been taking Celexa since it was first approved, at various dosages (now 40 mg.). Throughout, I have been constantly fatigued (sleep at least 12 hours per day), have experienced shortness of breath, sweat like a stuck pig, have zero motivation, and have SLOWLY gained at least 40 lbs. The fatigue and lack of motivation keep me from getting to the gym, so the weight just gets worse---a vicious cycle. The mood, however, is pretty good. I was taking Prozac for many years prior to the Celexa---it was great, except for the death of my sex drive, which isn't significantly better, now. I really want to make a change, maybe to the new weekly Prozac, or better yet, to "SAMe". Who Knows??? Anyone have any thoughts???? Thanks!
> > ---Duke




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