Posted by Cletus(2) on January 15, 2002, at 8:20:47
In reply to Re: Accidently took 80 mg of Celexa - yes!, posted by davidh on January 14, 2002, at 18:04:51
> > once I have asked my doc about incereasing the dosage of Celexa and she answerd: "No, this just takes time to get effective". But how long? I take Celexa for 4 months now, and nothing is really better on 40 mg!
> I don't wish to insult your doctor, but she's incorrect. It really annoys me when members of the medical community donít know their medications, are too cautious with raising dosages, and people suffer as a result. Your best bet is to do your research, and if one doctor has no supported reason for their delay, find another one. Though the medications do take time to work, if after two months your improvements plateaued you should definitely up the dose. Celexa has very low toxicity. It's perfectly safe to take 80, or even 100mgs of the stuff. And while the prescribing information states that 60mg was not more effective than 40, this is certainly not the case with everyone. OCD patients, for instance, routinely take 60-80mg of Celexa.
I agree with davidh...........I took 100mg of Celexa for my OCD for about a year with absolutely no problems (only real side effect was slight drowsiness).........100mg was the necessary dosage that gave me good results and it really helped me get over a really rough time........I initially was skeptical in going up so high (after reading in various places that 40mg is usually the max) but we slowly titrated up in dosage and after two months I was at 100mg.....my doctor says that he has a few patients at 120mg and one guy is even at 140 (although he says that is extremly rare).......a new doctor who may be more experienced with these types of medications may be the next course of action for you to pursue. I originally had a great doctor who tried to help me out with prescribing various AD's to help with my OCD, but admitted that she was uncomfortable in prescribing higher dosages so she recommended me to my current pdoc who is much more experienced in pharmacology. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. Good luck!