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Old 05-23-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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I was just prescribed Celexa and was wondering if anyone has experience with it?
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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I've never tried the drug, but I can tell you what I know as a nursing student. Celexa (generic name citalopram) is used to treat depression. Common side effects include: apathy, confusion, drowsiness, insomnia, weakness, abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia (upset stomach, indigestion), nausea, sweating, and tremor. These are common side effects, but it doesn't mean that all of these will happen if you take the drug.

When you first begin this drug, you should avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the drug affects you. You should avoid alcohol, antihistamines, narcotic pain medications, or other depressants when using this drug. You should change positions slowly to minimize dizziness. You should use sunscreen and wear protective clothing because this drug can make you more sensitive to the sun. This drug may cause dry mouth, but frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, and sugarless gum or candy may provide some relief.

You should not start this drug within 14 days of stopping an MAO inhibitor. You should also wait 14 days after stopping Celexa to begin taking an MAO inhibitor.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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I switched to Celexa from Paxil CR. I like the Celexa better, and I'm on a lower dose. The only side effect that I have experienced is a decrease in appetite.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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I am on the generic for about 4 years now called citalopram, it works well I take 20 mg. Theonly side effect I have is decreased appetite.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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I was just prescribed Celexa and was wondering if anyone has experience with it?
I was prescribed Celexa for social anxiety in 1995 it helped alot but the meds did not get rid of the symptoms completely. In 1997 I started to use Paxil now that was the right medication for me, I think it's also the most potent one in the SSRI family. Weight gain is a common side effect with these drugs, I was really skinny before I started to use Celexa but now I have normal weight so for me it was a blessing. As for the side effects mentioned by another poster I did not experience any. But with medications it's an individual thing.

On a sidenote, my friend was prescribed Celexa and got rather unpleasant side effects. He was running around on a vacant lot screaming B-52 planes are dropping bombs on us. No lie, but I would say a very uncommon side effect. (psychotic behavior)

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Old 05-23-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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I've never tried the drug, but I can tell you what I know as a nursing student. Celexa (generic name citalopram) is used to treat depression. Common side effects include: apathy, confusion, drowsiness, insomnia, weakness, abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia (upset stomach, indigestion), nausea, sweating, and tremor. These are common side effects, but it doesn't mean that all of these will happen if you take the drug.

When you first begin this drug, you should avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the drug affects you. You should avoid alcohol, antihistamines, narcotic pain medications, or other depressants when using this drug. You should change positions slowly to minimize dizziness. You should use sunscreen and wear protective clothing because this drug can make you more sensitive to the sun. This drug may cause dry mouth, but frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, and sugarless gum or candy may provide some relief.

You should not start this drug within 14 days of stopping an MAO inhibitor. You should also wait 14 days after stopping Celexa to begin taking an MAO inhibitor.
You sound like the end of a commerical
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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I switched to it from Paxil and felt very spaced out. Decided I couldn't deal with that side effect while being in college, so I stopped taking them. Been medication free since then. A friend takes Celexa and says it works great for her though, so it really depends.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:20 AM
 
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Doctors hand out SSRI nowadays pretty easily. When my mother passed away my sister who has no history of mental problems was prescribed Celexa for normal grief. She started to behave irrationally and you could clearly see she was on some drug. After about one month she stopped taking them and is now back to normal. So definitely not for everybody.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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It's a good med! I took it to treat my depression. The worst side effect was extreme drowsiness. I ended up taking it at night.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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No,but I take its close relative Lexapro. So far so good!!!
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