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Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea

Posted by Sally on June 16, 1999, at 11:08:57

In reply to Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea , posted by Leanne on June 4, 1999, at 11:41:25

I noticed your comment regarding the side effects you are having with
Celexa and found it interesting that they started 3 weeks after you
started taking it. My mother was just prescribed Celexa (20mg.) and
is also experiencing diarrhea, but it began soon after she started.
Now that a few more weeks have passed since your message, I was
wondering if it had subsided at all. My problem is that my mother
isn't taking as good a care of herself as she should and I'm concerned
she'll be getting too dehydrated.

Thanks.

> I have been on Celexa (only 20 mg.) for about 5
> weeks now and have been experiencing diarrhea for
> about 2 weeks now. I have no other side effects.
> Actually, with regard to sexual disfunction - I have
> more desire now than when I was on 40 mg. of Paxil
> for over two years!
>
> Anyone else have diarrhea? I went to the dr. and he
> advised me to eat more fiber! - I am a vegetarian,
> so fiber for me is not the problem! I eat lots
> of grains, beans, fresh and steamed vegies etc.
>
> Thanks

 

Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea

Posted by gail on June 17, 1999, at 8:25:42

In reply to Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea , posted by Sally on June 16, 1999, at 11:08:57

> I noticed your comment regarding the side effects you are having with
> Celexa and found it interesting that they started 3 weeks after you
> started taking it. My mother was just prescribed Celexa (20mg.) and
> is also experiencing diarrhea, but it began soon after she started.
> Now that a few more weeks have passed since your message, I was
> wondering if it had subsided at all. My problem is that my mother
> isn't taking as good a care of herself as she should and I'm concerned
> she'll be getting too dehydrated.
>
> Thanks.
>
> > I have been on Celexa (only 20 mg.) for about 5
> > weeks now and have been experiencing diarrhea for
> > about 2 weeks now. I have no other side effects.
> > Actually, with regard to sexual disfunction - I have
> > more desire now than when I was on 40 mg. of Paxil
> > for over two years!
> >
> > Anyone else have diarrhea? I went to the dr. and he
> > advised me to eat more fiber! - I am a vegetarian,
> > so fiber for me is not the problem! I eat lots
> > of grains, beans, fresh and steamed vegies etc.
> >
> > Thanks

I have been on celexa for 3 weeks now and have experienced only anxiety for the last several days. I am on 20 now and am considering taking 10 more at night. We moved to a new state a year ago and I have been depressed since so I asked the Dr for help. He said he only wants me to take this for 6 months. I am hoping by the end of the 6 months I can cope better.

 

Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea

Posted by Jim on June 17, 1999, at 15:47:03

In reply to Re: Celexa - Constipation/Diarrhea , posted by gail on June 17, 1999, at 8:25:42

Not a good idea to split the dosage. Take it all at one time!
It takes time to work. For me six weeks!

Best Wishes

 

Re: Celexa

Posted by Tammy on June 19, 1999, at 14:24:00

In reply to Celexa, posted by Dawn Owenby on March 1, 1999, at 20:33:19

I just started Celexa yesterday ( June 18th )I have had one side effect already and that is dry mouth.But I feel alot better ALREADY!!!! I seem to just not care about my probs anymore and let things go...I have never been able to do that before!!

Also I have read that Celexa was expensive...can someone post how much it is and how many the Dr. usually gives you at a time.
My Dr. gave me a 4 week supply of samples to see it this is going to work for me.So if does I want to prepared if I have to buy them.
Does Ins. usually pay for it or pay part of it?

I would also like to add that i would rather have weight lose than gain!! Which is more common?

I would also like to have a "Celexa" pen pal....feel free to email me or my Im is tamy269

 

Celexa and Fatigue

Posted by Ryan on June 19, 1999, at 23:42:51

In reply to Celexa, posted by Dawn Owenby on March 1, 1999, at 20:33:19

I'm about to start taking Celexa after having been on Paxil for about a year. The Paxil made me feel tired all the time. Does Celexa cause fatigue and if so, how tolerable is it?

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Kel on June 20, 1999, at 14:56:49

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Susie on June 9, 1999, at 0:33:21

> I gained 30 lbs. on Prozac and am now obsessive about my weight. I switched to effexor then to Wellbutrin and now Celexa and can't seem to shed a pound. I've had it with SSRI's they obviously all make and keep me fat. I often feel bad telling my Dr. that I can't take a med anymore because of the weight-it's almost like I'm choosing between being fat and having mental well-being. I feel trapped.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/headaches

Posted by Tammy on June 20, 1999, at 21:23:22

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Kel on June 20, 1999, at 14:56:49

I was about an hour and 30 min late taking my celexa today and had a headache...has this happened to anyone else? I was gone allday and take mine and night so I thought I would be ok.I guess I have to take them with me from now on!!

I have heard alot about weight gain and weight lose.....Does it make some of you not feel hungry that has lost and to the ones that has gained does it make you more hungry,or does it just MAKE you gain weight? I hope I don't gain anything...I can stand to lose some myself!! This just adds to my worries :(

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Tammy on June 20, 1999, at 21:31:00

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Kel on June 20, 1999, at 14:56:49

> > I gained 30 lbs. on Prozac and am now obsessive about my weight. I switched to effexor then to Wellbutrin and now Celexa and can't seem to shed a pound. I've had it with SSRI's they obviously all make and keep me fat. I often feel bad telling my Dr. that I can't take a med anymore because of the weight-it's almost like I'm choosing between being fat and having mental well-being. I feel trapped.

To Kel................I can understand how you feel.I hope I don't gain anything but I guess time will tell ( I have just started this week on it and have never took any of the others before.)
How long have you been on Celexa? Just try not to let it get to you.I know that is hard,I am over weight enough...now have to worry about gaining more is getting to me a little,but right now there is nothing I can do but wait and see.
If you need a ear to talk to please email me....I can be here for you if you need me to be =o)

 

Re: Celexa

Posted by Sally on June 21, 1999, at 7:55:24

In reply to Re: Celexa, posted by Tammy on June 19, 1999, at 14:24:00

The prescription for Celexa that my mother has is for one month and cost only a little over $11.00 (we were worried!). That cost is
without insurance, but I do know that most insurance plans seem to cover Paxil, so I would think that Celexa shouldn't be any
different.


> I just started Celexa yesterday ( June 18th )I have had one side effect already and that is dry mouth.But I feel alot better ALREADY!!!! I seem to just not care about my probs anymore and let things go...I have never been able to do that before!!
>
> Also I have read that Celexa was expensive...can someone post how much it is and how many the Dr. usually gives you at a time.
> My Dr. gave me a 4 week supply of samples to see it this is going to work for me.So if does I want to prepared if I have to buy them.
> Does Ins. usually pay for it or pay part of it?
>
> I would also like to add that i would rather have weight lose than gain!! Which is more common?
>
> I would also like to have a "Celexa" pen pal....feel free to email me or my Im is tamy269

 

Re: Celexa

Posted by Tammy on June 21, 1999, at 12:30:20

In reply to Re: Celexa, posted by Sally on June 21, 1999, at 7:55:24

Thanks alot Sally....I was wondering just how expensive it was.........But that isn't bad.

The prescription for Celexa that my mother has is for one month and cost only a little over $11.00 (we were worried!). That cost is
> without insurance, but I do know that most insurance plans seem to cover Paxil, so I would think that Celexa shouldn't be any
> different.
>
>
> > I just started Celexa yesterday ( June 18th )I have had one side effect already and that is dry mouth.But I feel alot better ALREADY!!!! I seem to just not care about my probs anymore and let things go...I have never been able to do that before!!
> >
> > Also I have read that Celexa was expensive...can someone post how much it is and how many the Dr. usually gives you at a time.
> > My Dr. gave me a 4 week supply of samples to see it this is going to work for me.So if does I want to prepared if I have to buy them.
> > Does Ins. usually pay for it or pay part of it?
> >
> > I would also like to add that i would rather have weight lose than gain!! Which is more common?
> >
> > I would also like to have a "Celexa" pen pal....feel free to email me or my Im is tamy269

 

Re: Celexa in pregnancy

Posted by Teresa on June 21, 1999, at 16:40:24

In reply to Re: Celexa, posted by Pam on March 2, 1999, at 3:40:02

Hi, i was wondering if anyone had any info on celexa in pregnancy? I can't seem to find any info on it, since it is new to the US. I was on Celexa and it worked perfect, now i am pregnant and need to go back on meds and would really like to go back on celexa but can't seem to find how it affects pregnancys??

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Lisa on June 22, 1999, at 2:49:06

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Tammy on June 20, 1999, at 21:31:00

I spent 3 months on Celexa and lost 12 pounds!!!
I do know that some people gain weight but others
do lose on this drug. I was finally able to come off
celexa after I lifted from my depression. Losing the
weight sure did help a LOT! :) Good luck to all
concerned. I wanted to share my experience with
the drug.

 

Re: Celexa in pregnancy

Posted by lindsey on June 22, 1999, at 15:42:51

In reply to Re: Celexa in pregnancy, posted by Teresa on June 21, 1999, at 16:40:24

> Hi, i was wondering if anyone had any info on celexa in pregnancy? I can't seem to find any info on it, since it is new to the US. I was on Celexa and it worked perfect, now i am pregnant and need to go back on meds and would really like to go back on celexa but can't seem to find how it affects pregnancys??

Unfortunately, I don't have any info on Celexa in pregnancy, but I wanted to suggest that you call the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Celexa and ask them to send you some materials. I know that Eli Lilly publishes a comprehensive report on Prozac during all trimesters, complete with all of the data it cites. I would think that other companies may do this as well. Best of luck and congratulations.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by michele on June 22, 1999, at 16:20:16

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Lisa on June 22, 1999, at 2:49:06

my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.


 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by tammy on June 22, 1999, at 16:26:42

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by michele on June 22, 1999, at 16:20:16

> I started on Celexa just the 18th ( june ) and I have lost 2 pounds.I have not been hungry and very sleepy.I slept over 13 hours last night!!! When I do eat I feel very nauseas.
I also have had a headache over my left temple.Has anyone else?LMK--------Thanks!!


my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
> He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
> if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
> so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by gail on June 24, 1999, at 8:28:35

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by tammy on June 22, 1999, at 16:26:42

> > I started on Celexa just the 18th ( june ) and I have lost 2 pounds.I have not been hungry and very sleepy.I slept over 13 hours last night!!! When I do eat I feel very nauseas.
> I also have had a headache over my left temple.Has anyone else?LMK--------Thanks!!
>

I have been on Celexa for 4 weeks. I am over weight and find I am not eating at all like I use to. I was told this drug is also give to people with Compusive Obsessive. Maybe that explains alot. I've had the headache's in the temple's but not severe and now do not seem as tired as the first few weeks. My prescription cost was $30, a dollar a pill.

Gail
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> my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
> > He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
> > if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
> > so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Tammy on June 24, 1999, at 11:34:33

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by gail on June 24, 1999, at 8:28:35

Hi Gail,
Does your Ins. cover the Celexa?I had gotten a month sample pack from my Dr.But I am sure when I go back and if he gives me more I will have to buy them..which really doesn't matter..I just would like to know before I get there.....heehee
My headache has not been to bad yesterday and today so that is good.I do I hope I don't gain any weight!! Thanks,Tammy

I started on Celexa just the 18th ( june ) and I have lost 2 pounds.I have not been hungry and very sleepy.I slept over 13 hours last night!!! When I do eat I feel very nauseas.
> > I also have had a headache over my left temple.Has anyone else?LMK--------Thanks!!
> >
>
> I have been on Celexa for 4 weeks. I am over weight and find I am not eating at all like I use to. I was told this drug is also give to people with Compusive Obsessive. Maybe that explains alot. I've had the headache's in the temple's but not severe and now do not seem as tired as the first few weeks. My prescription cost was $30, a dollar a pill.
>
> Gail
> >
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> >
> >
> >
> > my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
> > > He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
> > > if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
> > > so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by gail on June 24, 1999, at 15:15:03

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by Tammy on June 24, 1999, at 11:34:33

>
Tammy- Sounds like you have a great attitude! It's part of being successful. My insurance does pay for my prescription. I only had to pay the co pay. I was so tired for the first week or so that I couldn't get my housework done and didn't really care either. Now I function normally with out the depression. I feel much better and I'm on my 4th week. Keep in touch.

Gail


Hi Gail,
> Does your Ins. cover the Celexa?I had gotten a month sample pack from my Dr.But I am sure when I go back and if he gives me more I will have to buy them..which really doesn't matter..I just would like to know before I get there.....heehee
> My headache has not been to bad yesterday and today so that is good.I do I hope I don't gain any weight!! Thanks,Tammy
>
>
>
>
>
> I started on Celexa just the 18th ( june ) and I have lost 2 pounds.I have not been hungry and very sleepy.I slept over 13 hours last night!!! When I do eat I feel very nauseas.
> > > I also have had a headache over my left temple.Has anyone else?LMK--------Thanks!!
> > >
> >
> > I have been on Celexa for 4 weeks. I am over weight and find I am not eating at all like I use to. I was told this drug is also give to people with Compusive Obsessive. Maybe that explains alot. I've had the headache's in the temple's but not severe and now do not seem as tired as the first few weeks. My prescription cost was $30, a dollar a pill.
> >
> > Gail
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
> > > > He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
> > > > if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
> > > > so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Tammy on June 24, 1999, at 15:33:35

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by gail on June 24, 1999, at 15:15:03

> >Gail.....I have been tired to..I sleep at least 13 hours a night since I have started taking the Celexa.We are going on Vacation next week and I reaaly don't feel like going,but think if I do It will help me some.The reason I started taking the Celexa was because I have alot of family probs and seem to worry about EVERYTHING!!
I really wasn't to depressed..I think it is my nerves mostly.I guess is suppose to help that to,or he wouldn't have gave it to me.I have however not been worry about anything,I feel really peaceful and just don't seem to care about anything....Housework included...LOL
I wish you all the luck and keep in touch also.
feel free to email me ANYTIME! Catch ya later,Tammy~

> Tammy- Sounds like you have a great attitude! It's part of being successful. My insurance does pay for my prescription. I only had to pay the co pay. I was so tired for the first week or so that I couldn't get my housework done and didn't really care either. Now I function normally with out the depression. I feel much better and I'm on my 4th week. Keep in touch.
>
> Gail
>
>
> Hi Gail,
> > Does your Ins. cover the Celexa?I had gotten a month sample pack from my Dr.But I am sure when I go back and if he gives me more I will have to buy them..which really doesn't matter..I just would like to know before I get there.....heehee
> > My headache has not been to bad yesterday and today so that is good.I do I hope I don't gain any weight!! Thanks,Tammy
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I started on Celexa just the 18th ( june ) and I have lost 2 pounds.I have not been hungry and very sleepy.I slept over 13 hours last night!!! When I do eat I feel very nauseas.
> > > > I also have had a headache over my left temple.Has anyone else?LMK--------Thanks!!
> > > >
> > >
> > > I have been on Celexa for 4 weeks. I am over weight and find I am not eating at all like I use to. I was told this drug is also give to people with Compusive Obsessive. Maybe that explains alot. I've had the headache's in the temple's but not severe and now do not seem as tired as the first few weeks. My prescription cost was $30, a dollar a pill.
> > >
> > > Gail
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > my son started on celexa two and a half weeks ago.
> > > > > He seems to be gaining weight quickly. don't know
> > > > > if it's from the drug or the inactivity from being
> > > > > so sleepy. if anyone has any info please respond.

 

Re: Celexa--Dawn

Posted by nina on June 24, 1999, at 16:44:55

In reply to Re: Celexa--Dawn, posted by ruth on March 2, 1999, at 7:42:21

> > Dawn, did you experience negative
> sexual side effects with celexa?
I have been on celexa for two weeks and have experienced a great amount of fatigue. I had to stop taking it due to my inability to function throughout the day. Has anyone else experienced such a great amount of fatigue and sleepiness?

 

Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain

Posted by Alice on June 25, 1999, at 13:03:47

In reply to Re: Celexa side-effects/weight gain, posted by tammy on June 22, 1999, at 16:26:42


> I have been on Celexa since the 14th of June,only 10 mg. day. I feel drowsy, I still don't sleep very much and I am up before the sun.
I haven't noticed any lift in depression or anxiety. Do you think I need more?

Alice
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Re: Celexa/side effects

Posted by Kelley on June 26, 1999, at 14:38:48

In reply to Re: Celexa/side effects, posted by Terry on May 8, 1999, at 5:50:28

> > i am just starting celexa, without much info on the side effects. mainly, i am concerned with sexual
> > dyfunction, sleepiness, and memory loss. i have
> > been on various other meds (prozac, zoloft,
> > wellbutrin, serzone, luvox). one thing that i have
> > noticed is an absentmindedness or memory loss when
> > i increased the dosage (10 to 20). i haven't noticed
> > any fatigue or sleepiness problems. but about the
> > sexual dysfunction... from reading your notes, my
> > sex drive might actually return?
> > anyone with info?
> > dina
>
> I just started Celexa 2 days ago (20mg). Have been on Wellbutrin for about 6 weeks. Prior to that was on Zoloft for 3 months. Prior to that, Paxil for 3 months. Didn't like the weight gain, lethargy and sexuallly side effects of Paxil. Didn't like sexual side effects of Zoloft. Thus the change to Wellbutrin. Wellbutrim has made me very anxious. Celexa helped alleviate the anxiety beginning on day 1. Still taking 125mg of Wellbutrin.
>
> My original reason for going on ADs was because of poor concentration and memory loss. Was depressed as well, but could handle it.
> The concentration and memory loss aspects, however, effect my job. So I began the eternal search for the "perfect" AD.
>
> After reading several of these postings, I am concerned about the concentration/memory thing. The reason I got on this rollercoaster! Does it improve over time? Would decreasing to 10 mg. help? Is it ever perscribed for improving concentration? Even Wellbutrin has not totally brought back my mental faculties. The best I felt was when I was weaning off of Zoloft and taking Wellbutrin simultaneoulsy. But because of the sexually side effect of Zoloft, I asked to try a different SSRI. Enter Celexa!
>
> So far I have had no sexually side effects (Thank God!}, but may be too soon to tell. Or, maybe I just can't remember...
>
> Any thoughts?

I was recently prescribed Celexa (10 mg/day) lowest dosage for severe anxiety. I had been on Zoloft about 2-3 years ago for depression and it "kicked in " for me in about 2 days. I was fine for the first 3-4 months (with the exception of sexual dysfunction, which was not a high price to pay consindering that state of my mind at that time) , until it really made me jittery and slowly got off of it.The depression never returned. Along with the Celexa, I have been presecribed Klonopin. After reading these things about the memory loss, I am really concerned as I really can't afford to have any diminishment with regard to it-- due to my work, etc. Anyway, the low dose of Celexa was presribed for my ANXIETY, not depression. Also, my doc indicated at medium doses it addresses depression and at high dosages,it is presribed for OCD disorder. Also, I am concerned about the "sleepiness" that I've been reading about. Can anyone comment?

 

Re: Celexa after 6mos. off Zoloft

Posted by Kelley on June 26, 1999, at 15:10:54

In reply to Re: Celexa after 6mos. off Zoloft, posted by Tom on May 27, 1999, at 21:34:25

> I am struck by the variety of responses and side effects of these medications. I went on zoloft five years ago and after a few months stabilized at 37.5 mg/day. It really helped me first with a depressing time in my life (major business project failure). I definitely began to feel better although the detached sense of unreality that may of us are familiar with was there. I had some anxiety with it but that passed after a few months. Tried to stop a couple of times and after a few days would get this anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach over something, and think "Oh, hello. I can do without THIS feeling, thank you. I'll stick with the zoloft." So you might say I went on for the anti-depressant effect and stayed on for the anxiety reduction--a sort of armoring from the vicissitudes of day to day emotional life. In four years, I note in retrospect, such armoring also allowed my natural defenses to atrophy. During that time I got into a great relationship, got married to a wonderful woman, and was happy, although increasingly bothered by missing the "top 10" (but not the "bottom 20%") that zoloft seemed to "clip" off of experience. I went to an Indian music concert and felt almost nothing (odd for me). On my first wedding anniversary I stopped zoloft. I felt fine at first, was a little more uptight at times, but basically OK until I ran up against a serious personality/territorial conflict with a neighbor and former (and perhaps future) friend. It flipped me back into serious depression and extreme anxiety. I tried going back on zoloft (I had stopped without consulting my shrink, which I DO NOT recommend) but couldn't deal with the anxiety it caused this time. Go figure. SO I switched to celexa in January, worked my way up to 30 mg by March. I have one serious side-effect which is different from most I have seen here: great anxiety and insomnia. Too much energy and often nowhere to go with it! I take 1 to 2.5 xanax a day (.25 mg) and benadryl and ambien on alternate nights to sleep. When I tried to go back on the zoloft I didn't try tranquilizers to offset it, and I'm considering switching back to Z. As I say, I went on originally for depression--which is real--but stayed on for the "armoring." I feel more with celexa, don't get that "clipping," which is important to me as I am an architect and paid to feel and interpret, in effect. Yet the side effects of celexa are for me--the anxiety--not receding, perhaps actually increasing, as is the (albeit small) dose of xanax I need creeping up. Weight gain--other than gaining back what I lost when I didn't have any appetite while depressed--hasn't been a problem, nor libido. But feeling like I'm in a horror movie and the monster is perpetually about to jump out from behind the door isn't fun. The xanax dumbs me down a bit, but generally is a relief. The yawning--YES--that does happen to me, although I usually chalk it up to not breathing. I guess Id say in conclusion that I've always been a nervous, perhaps fearful person, and zoloft helped me to get to where that wasn't an issue. I was more assertive without being obnoxious, more confident, and, frankly, emotionally stable enough to commit to a marriage. On celexa thus far (do have a lot of gas and--uncharacteristically for me--stomach unease) I feel a lot of the old anxiety,. I am considering going back to zoloft. Anyone out there have any experiences similar to mine, thoughts on this long posting, etc? They would be most appreciated.

I was on Zoloft for about 6 months for both severe depression and anxiety. It took effect in literally 2 days and I immediately experienced a 'lifting" of the depression, without anxiety. After being on it for about 4 months, I had increased anxiety/jittery and a little of the sexual dysfunction-- but no depression. Also, seemed to address and stabilize my moods. In some ways, I think it diluted my emotions, which may have not been healthy, but necessary at that time in my life. (As you know, some say depression is anger turned inward..) But Zoloft did lift the paralytic effects of the depression so that I could manage my life at that time (I was in medical school.) As one of my other responses indicates, I was recently prescribed (but am not yet taking) the Celexa (10 mg/day) to reduce my anxiety because apparently at the medium doses, it is supposed to address depression and at high doses-- for Obsessive/Compulsive Disorders. In addition to the Celexa, my doc also prescribed Klonopin, a long half-life benzo with mild muscle relaxant. It (klonopin) is wonderful. Addresses the anxiety-- but then again, i don't have the depression this time around. I am considering sticking with the Klonopin without starting the Celexa. I am still a big proponent of Zoloft for depression after reading a lot of these side-effects of Celexa. I am a researcher/technical writer-- so I can't afford the forgetfulness and "addled" feeling from the Celexa. I don't think I could deal with that professionally or personally. Also, the sleepiness probs. I am reading about would interfere with my lifestyle-- (I work full-time and am mother to a walking 9-month old son). I don't have that much time to sleep to begin with. I hope my comments help..
Good luck and let me know of your experience with Celexa..

 

Re: Celexa/side-effects

Posted by Kelley on June 26, 1999, at 15:18:29

In reply to Celexa/side-effects, posted by dina on June 1, 1999, at 9:32:57

> jessie- the dose for 5-htp (from what i've read)
> 100mg 3x a day on an empty stomach. and to take it
> with a carbo like juice or a piece of fruit. anyway,
> i can relate to what you are going through, i seem
> to have a lot of dizziness, and am a little achy
> and irritable. i am somewhat forgetful, but not
> completely absentminded as i was while on the drug.
> i am also losing weight that i had gained while on
> celexa. sorry about my prattle, good luck and stay
> safe.
> dina

DINA:
What is 5-htp?

 

Re: New to Celexa

Posted by Kelley on June 26, 1999, at 15:25:36

In reply to New to Celexa, posted by Eve on June 3, 1999, at 22:25:51

> I'm rather confused by this medication. I went to the doctor for fatigue and muscle pain. They tell me it's either depression or fibra myalgia(sp?). I've been getting extra sleep at night (up to ten hours) because they told me to. I was told that I was being given Celexa to "help you sleep at night". I've yet to see anything saying it does that. Besides, why sleep MORE? Then... I hear it can cause you to be sleepy. How do I know I'm getting better? Should I take it when they aren't even sure that it's what is wrong with me? As soon as they learned my family had a history of depression, they assumed that's what was wrong. Am I just being a scardy cat? I'm only 18, and I don't want to think about being depressed (I was a mutilator at fifteen).. Blah.>I guess I'm just overreacting.
> Evelyn.

EVE:
It sounds like you need to get some second opinions re: your Psych/Physical problems and if/how they are interrelated. Also, is Celexa the first anti-dep. you have ever taken?


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