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Celexa (citalopram)

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Also known as Depramil in some countries.

What is Celexa?

Celexa is in a class of medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Celexa tablets and oral solution are used to treat depression. It may also be used to treat other conditions, as prescribed by your doctor.

Who Should Not Take Celexa?

Never take Celexa if you are taking another drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking Celexa close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:

  • High body temperature
  • Coma
  • Seizures (convulsions)

MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxazid), and other brands.

Common Side Effects

The most commonly experienced side effects include: insomnia, somnolence and/or nausea. Additional side effects you may experience include dry mouth, vomiting, dizziness, agitation and asthenia.

What Are The Risks?

The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Celexa therapy. However, this list is not complete.

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with triptan medicines: See FDA Alert [07/2006] above.
  • Infant persistent pulmonary hypertension: See FDA Alert [07/2006] above.
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions:Persons taking Celexa may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when Celexa is first started or he dose is changed. People close to persons taking Celexa can help by paying attention to changes in userís moods or actions. Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using Celexa talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself. If you are taking Celexa yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.
  • Stopping Celexa: Do not stop taking Celexa suddenly because you could get side effects. Your healthcare professional will slowly decrease your dose.
  • Bleeding problems: Celexa may cause bleeding problems, especially if taken with aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen), or other drugs that affect bleeding.
  • Mania: You may become unusually hyperactive, excitable or elated.
  • Seizures: You may experience a seizure (convulsion), even if you are not taking Celexa close in time with an MAOI.
  • Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant (see FDA Alert [07/2006] above). In addition to the issue described in the alert, babies delivered to mothers taking Celexa late in pregnancy have developed problems, such as difficulty breathing and feeding.
  • Sexual problems: You may have problems with impotence (erectile dysfunction), abnormal ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, or decreased libido (sexual desire).
  • Other side effects include dry mouth, nausea, and sleepiness.
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all your medical conditions, especially liver or kidney disease. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed your baby.

Are There Any Interactions With Drugs or Foods?

  • Do not take Celexa with Lexapro (escitalopram), another drug used to treat depression, because they are very similar and you could get an overdose.
  • Celexa may interact with medicines other than the ones already mentioned in this information sheet. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.
  • If you plan to drink alcohol, talk to your healthcare professional.

How Do I Take Celexa?

Celexa is taken by mouth, with or without food, exactly as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Special Precautions

Avoid abrupt discontinuation of this medication.

 

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sunnydevon
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Registered: June 2009
Thu June 25, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: able to leave the house again, can converse without effort again. sometimes even able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
CONS: absolutely exhausted by 6pm ready for bed.

I suffered from panic attacks, anxiety, pmt and depression which was helped marginally by fluoxetine over a long period of time but then my world was tipped upside down by a bereavement and a number of other circumstances beyond my control. i became suicidal and couldnt leave the house for 5 months (i couldnt listen to music, read or watch tv or even keep it tidy while i was indoors). i've been on citalopram for just over 2 months and am slowly but surely getting my life back. i have been out every day and can do most of the normal household chores. All of my friends and family that are around me can see the difference and are so pleased with my progress. i felt the effects within a few days, by the end of the first week i was functioning almost normally again. the only downside is that i am tired by 4pm can just about cook dinner serve it and clear up then by 6pm i'm ready for bed. the circumstances are still beyond my control but rather than feeling overwhelmed by the injustice of my situation and wanting to end it, i know and accept there is nothing i can do about it and am focusing on the other things in my life i CAN control and trying not to worry or think about the situation I cant.

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Crabbit
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Registered: June 2009
Location: Minnesota
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Wed June 17, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Lifted mood, increased motivation, less anxiety
CONS: Insomnia, some digestive issues

I've only been on Celexa (20mg) for a couple months, but it's been working pretty well for me. The first two weeks on it were hell (felt sick, no appetite, digestive issues, weight loss, etc,...), but after all the initial side-effects subsided it started to do its job. I have problems with insomnia now though (my PCP and I are working on a solution for that; we're trying Ambien first for a few nights). I take it in the morning, and for most of the day I can feel its effects. It's really picked me up off the floor.

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Joekr
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Sat June 13, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Effective with minimal side effects
CONS: None yet

Prescribed for depression due to emotional crisis. One week of 20mg dose and side effects quit after 5 days and mood was altered. Sexual side effects minimal at this point.12 years ago, Paxil was perscribed for depression and the side effects were significant and effectiveness suspect.

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dfla
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Registered: May 2009
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Thu May 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Eases depression
CONS: Sleepy, diarrhea, increased appetite(not an issue for me), numbness, sexual disfunction

Started at 20mg and now up to taking 40mg of this stuff a day and haven't had any major complaints other than tiredness and the decreased libido. I actually stopped dreaming on this stuff, opposite the experience of others it seems. My dreaming did return though it seems regressed, pulling out fragments of stuff from way past.It does seem to lift my depression somewhat, mostly by making me feel numb. Doesn't really do anything for my anxiety as far as i've noticed which is why the psychiatrist keeps cranking the dosage up.

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kerplunk226
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Registered: April 2009
Tue April 14, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: depression went away and i still had my personality
CONS: discontinuation syndrome

this is the first antidepressant that helped me and didn't make me feel like a zombie. i decided to stop taking it after about 10 months because i was feeling better and wanted to try to cope without meds. for a couple of weeks i was miserable while i was stopping celexa. i had restless leg syndrome (which was something i've never experienced), anxiety, and crying spells. those symptoms scared me so i'm trying lexapro now instead (6 months later). this drug was good for depression. don't impulsively stop taking it if you're feeling better (my mistake)!

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oregongirl
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Wed March 4, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: I am now able to cope with extreme stress without over reacting and it has evened out my moods so I rarely feel depressed, I get along better with the relationships in my life. I am able to practice positive techniques vs, getting swept up with intense em
CONS: Initial adjustment was rough first 3 days wasn't able to function well, headache, my teeth hurt, I had to sleep all day and night, and then it gradually improved within a week was feeling much better .

If I miss a couple of days I can tell my responses begin to become more emotional, I feel less in control of myself without this medication. It does not "FIX" everything that takes a sincere effort to be positive and be the best you can. With 20 mgs. a day for over a year now so sexual side effects, a couple months of some leg twitching at night, exercise helped that. No weight gain or loss. No fogginess, if I miss a dose no problem. PMS better. I'm happy to have it. No insurance so it is affordable! Some chain stores have it for 4$ per 30 day supply! I do need more sleep, 8-9 hrs. a night.

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parker1
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Wed February 18, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: decreased anxiety
CONS: weight gain, fatigue, keep having to up the dose, occasional stomach issues

I have been on Celexa for about 6 months now. I started taking it for anxiety/panic attacks. I started on 10mgs. I am now on 30mgs. It seems to work for awhile and then I start feeling anxious again and have to up the dosage. I have gained about 10 lbs. since taking it. There are days I feel really tired and could sleep all day if given the chance.I can tell I am unmotivated to do most things. Side effects were bad at the beginning of taking it, but it's leveled out some. I am also in CBT for the anxiety and want to withdrawal from this and not go up on the dosage anymore. Overall, I am continuing the medicine because I don't want to feel the anxiety/panic I once felt.

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cgniech
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Tue February 10, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: increased mood
CONS: sexual side effects, drowsiness, zombie-like and no motivation

Celexa was helpful at very low doses. staring off at too high of a dosage caused my side effects. The one big side effect I had was a complete loss of libido. Celexa mellowed me out but almost to the point of being a zombie. Things weren't as funny or sad and i basically lost interest in most things. I was tired a lot even when i received plenty of sleep. Sometimes it felt like i was walking around high, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Ubiquitous Maninlev
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Registered: November 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 15
Wed January 28, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: I'm really not sure there were any
CONS: Increased suicidality

Coming off Citalopram after being on the maximum dose gave me the first good days I'd had in months. I am convinced Citalopram made depression worse, and immediately heightened suicidality.

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aymie
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Location: Georgia
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Tue January 27, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Decreased depression
CONS: Loss of ANY motivation, Loss of care for anything.

I was on this medication for 4 months for my anxiety and depression before I stopped. Although my depression did start to deminish, my motivation for ANYthing did, too. I lost any care for anything. I became this lazy mess. I'd rather be a more worrisome person who gets my stuff done.

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Russi
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Mon January 26, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: has calmed my anxiety
CONS: suffering insomnia and drowsiness

So far so good.I was previously on this medication about 6 years ago, can't remember suffering any major side effects, but remember being generally happy with the results. I started taking Celexa again about 7 days ago to combat my OCD and anxiety.The first few days my hands were shaking slightly, but that has passed. The only other side effect I have noticed is difficulty sleeping which results in tiredness or drowsiness. I take the pill before bedtime, but have been waking hours earlier every morning and am then unable to fall back asleep. I also have no libido, but I think that can be blamed on my lack of energy.On the up side, I really feel like some of my anxiety has been relieved. I have felt a lot more optimistic have definitely noticed a change in my attitude...So far so good!

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Opheliac
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Sun January 18, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: flu-like symptoms, worsened already severe insomnia, digestive problems, dizziness, descreased appetite, weight loss

I was prescribed this for depression after Prozac didn't work and gave me unbearable digestive problems. This stuff was far worse; starting about three days after my first dose I felt like I had the flu; I was constantly throwing up and suffered from vague aches and pains. It made me so dizzy when I stood up that I felt like I would pass out, and worsened my already severe insomnia. I also completely lost my appetite; food didn't seem appealing at all and when I forced myself to eat, it didn't taste right. I lost ten pounds on this medication and it took a lot of work to gain it back. I weaned myself off it after two weeks; I couldn't deal with it anymore. I cannot comment on how well this medication works for depression, as I didn't really give it a chance to work, but I wouldn't recommend it because of its side effects.

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annabelle08
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Brighton, MA
Posts: 7
Fri August 29, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: lifts the fog so you can start feeling like a real person again
CONS: physical withdrawal symptoms are intense (dizziness, nausea, general grossness, etc.) and start happening even if I only miss a couple days

on 40 mg dose for about a year now, and no complaints (except for withdrawal symptoms). it's worked really well for me. the generic is pretty reasonably priced.

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Decade3
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Location: Upper Midwest, USA
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Sun July 13, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Fewer side effects than many
CONS: Extremely hard to withdraw from

This seemed to keep my depression suppressed a bit. After taking it for several years, however, I did develop tremors and spastic movements and was forced to switch to Lexapro. Withdrawing from Celexa (or even missing a dose), especially if you're at a high dose, can be very difficult, even with gentle tapering. I switched over to Lexapro and avoided the "brain shivers" of citalopram withdrawal. Celexa's pretty expensive, too, but I think the generic is cheaper.

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LLMF
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Wisconsin
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Wed July 9, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Reduced anxiety and depressive symptoms
CONS: increased sweating and insomnia

I have been on this for about 4 months. After my zoloft experience I was hesitant to try another SSRI. Fortunently this medication actually did what it was supposed to! Really no complaints except it reduces my inhibitions some, but I think thats a good thing

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eforest
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Registered: June 2008
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Tue June 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helped with depression
CONS: Not much

This drug saved my life- it was the first anti depressant I took.

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psychydoc
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Registered: June 2008
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Wed June 4, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps with depression, Better than lexapro
CONS: Did not help enough with anxiety

I have been on Celexa for a year (citalopram) Helped somewhat with depression but after a year of being on it with little improvement (then switching to 40 mg and still no improvement) my doctor at mental health clinic diagnosed me with major depressive disorder and put me on Abilify and 20mg of celexa also.

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sharz
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Mon May 12, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: high Level of aniexty, severe Mania, Paranoid, sickness, dizzyness, depression, Self harm and suicide thoughts, Also flashbacks from Past,

I was prescirbed citalopram by my GP. i started it the next day hoping it would cure my problem of Panic disorder and aniexty, Unfortuantly, i was One of the people the drug didnt like, within 48 hrs of starting the treatment, i started feeling highly Anxious, depressed, and dizzy, after 3 days i started having distressing thoughts of self harm and suicide, by day four, i as sick with aniexty could Not eat, Pacing up and down not being able to rest, By day five i was fearing of going Mad, Mre sickness, My experience on this drug was a hellish One by day 7 i stopped the drugs, and the effects died slightly, Although this medication has Now made my condistion worse, i have read many god reviews on this drug, so if u are about to take it, go with the more good reviews, but if u have any of my side effects early on, go to your DR ASAP and change, as it will get worse, xxx

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Fri May 2, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Helps with depression
CONS:

Good depression pill I take this med. with Trazodone. Take Celexa in AM and Trazodone in PM. The combo of the 2 works well for me.

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Angi
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Fri April 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: No more suicidal depression
CONS: none

I was put on celexa as an extra antidepressant and it totally took away all of my suicidal thoughts, feelings, etc. I still get depressed but I can handle it. It is sort of a numb depression. This drug saved my life along with Lamictal.

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Hombo
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Alberta
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Mon March 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Aids in elevating extreme depression, slowed social anxiety.
CONS: Intense side effects, increased suicidal urges, and general agitation initially.

Side effects nasty first few weeks. Extreme headaches, lightheaded, low blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, sadness, nausea, aches, etc. Immediate help with social anxiety. Weeks of counselling and treatment alleviated mood.

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gr8k4an
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Tue February 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: Not sure yet
CONS: haven't noticed any

I have been on this drug for about 3 weeks and I haven't noticed a real difference. I'm a little less depressed but I still feel anxiety. I'm hoping that another week or two will show more promise. If not, then it's back to the ol' pill dispenser.

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Anonymous
Tue January 29, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $6.50| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none, My body did not tolorate this SSRI
CONS: feelings of electrical shock allover body, severe nausea, anxiety became 10 times worse, muscle twitching, sweating

This product may work for others, but my body told me right away after 4 days of taking it that it wasn't going to let me try it any longer. The side effects were unbearable, and the feeling of electrical shock went from head to toe. I felt like my anxiety went 10 times worse. Everyone is different as I cannot tolorate Celexa at all but I tolorate Zoloft side effect free. Major difference even though both are a form of SSRI.

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mazer
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Location: in my own crazy world
Posts: 20
Wed January 2, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: did not work at all

I took this for a year,could have just taken a sweet instead,it did nothing for me

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Piecesofme
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 4
Mon December 31, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS: Side Effects, Allergic Reaction

This medication was good for me for a certain amount of time. I started it about three-four weeks ago, but then I discovered I was having an allergic reaction. I also found it bad for side effects, but they did go away after 2 weeks or a little over that.But it DID help.

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BelleSomnium
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Location: South Carolina
Sun December 23, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I only took Celexa for 2 weeks so I can't really say how it is long term, but it was not good for me. I had worsening depression on Celexa and very irrational thinking and worrying.

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hailleybaby123
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Registered: September 2007
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 7
Fri September 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.13| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helps with depression
CONS:

for overall depression it is a good medication. but it doesnt work on everything.

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xp1155
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Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none for me
CONS: made me suicidal, couldn't be alone, altered my personality

This was the first anti-depressant I took and it was not a good choice for me. It made me suicidal, made me panic if I was by myself, and altered my personality somewhat. I have known people that this drug has helped, but it was not for me. If you feel any of the side effects I felt, please call your doctor ASAP and DO NOT let them give you a higher dose. A higher dose made things worse for me. It wasn't until I took this drug that I started having anxiety attacks. I'm not saying this drug altered my brain chemicals that much, but it's possible.

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goofygirl
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Location: Iowa
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Sun August 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $4.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It has helped with my depression
CONS:

It's on the list that you can get at several large retail chains (at least in Iowa), so it's cheap, even without insurance!

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Mother_Goose
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 5
Fri August 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: After increasing the dosage from 20 mg to 40 mg, I initially experienced a HUGE improvement in my depression. Unfortunately, it is not working as well for me now. But at least I got about 9 good months out of it. Also, the generic (citalopram) is avail
CONS: No cons. While it worked, it really worked!

Celexa has worked wonders for me. And even though it is not working as well for me now as it did, I am still no where near as depressed as I was before I started to take it. Unfortunately, I am stressed to the max at work, and that may be the real reason it doesn't seem to be working as well. I bet if I quit my job, I will feel much better!

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buzzie
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Location: Southern CA
Thu August 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Helped with depression
CONS: weight gain

Worked for my depression big time, but it made me gain so much weight which then the weight gain made me feel depressed. I was on it for 7 years weaned myself off along with my ativan. Was feeling great for a few months then had major melt down and went back on it. Currently off Celexa and back on prozac. Lost 34 lbs. and still losing. So now I am feeling more self confidence!!

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Nellie
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Registered: June 2007
Posts: 9
Wed June 27, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: WAY more energy
CONS: triggered acute mania, insomnia, irritability, sexual problems.

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and GAD over a year ago, and I started taking this medicine to help with my depressive episodes and anxiety.The problem is that Celexa caused me to have an ACUTE manic episode. The initial waiting period for me didn't exist -- I felt its effects in less than a week.The side effects it caused were numerous. The ones I remember the most were insomnia, irritability, and sexual problems (both significantly decreased libido and inability to orgasm).This drug may work well for those with Major Depressive Disorder or anxiety problems, but if you have bipolar disorder, you should be cautious.

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darlap
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Tue June 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: brought me back from severe depression, presently taking 20 mg for 6 months now.
CONS: will probably be on these forever

I fight with depression every day. Don't know what the hell is wrong with me. Mood swings are better now i'm using. Just wish i could vanish some days.tried to up the dose but cause me headaches.at least i'm functioning somewhat in this crazy world i'm in.

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jimmyjetta
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Registered: May 2007
Sun May 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: sexual side effects

Antidepressant properties are solid. It works well.I generally only get one side effect from antidepressants: no matter which one it is, if it demonstrates even the smallest possibility of causing sexual side effects then I'm going to be the person who has problems with it.Catch 22.

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mrstumnus
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 20
Thu April 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: May reduce emotional symptoms such as crying. Decreases appetite.
CONS: De-personalisation, insomnia, switches off sex-drive, nausea, sweating,lack of concentration, no motivation.

I took this a few years ago, I (mistakenly) decided to try again, partly to aid weight loss. Then I realised why I stopped first time ! Please note this is just my personal reaction, it may suit others ! I felt nauseous and had heartburn, terrible hot flushing and sweating. I felt anxious, couldn't sleep, nightmares when I did. I lost interest in sex within 24 hours, anorgasmia, lack of feeling and emotion, extreme anger and aggression. Unable to and not wanting to do anything constructive, couldn't read a book. Mood swings, mainly negative with brief highs. The only use I can see for this medication is for example in a circumstance such as bereavement where it may be helpful to be switched off and on auto-pilot !

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caramelcreme
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 27
Sat March 10, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: stopped suicidal ideation. no PMS, less reactive
CONS: nightmares, drowsiness

I stopped crying all day and it took the edge off things but it wasn't a "cure". It didn't improve my confidence and I didn't feel happy.

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Juliana
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 887
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helped me overcome severe agoraphobia, reduced panic attacks
CONS: feeling of lethargy and inertia, weight gain

I had agoraphobia for over 3 years -- severe panic attacks if I stepped outside my front door. So, I stayed inside and only went out a couple of times per year -- for doctor's appointments. Celexa (20 mg in combination with 0.5 mg Clonazepam per day and CBT) worked very well for me. Within 4 months of treatment, I was working full-time, leaving my house everyday. I credit this with helping me overcome my agoraphobia and living a full life again.I weaned myself off Celexa after about 16 months and did fine without it. The positive effects and confidence I gained while taking it stayed with me.The negative side effects were a feeling of inertia when I was home alone. I felt like I was a wind-up doll and needed someone external to turn the key to get me moving. I had been a neat freak, but while taking Celexa, my flat was a mess. I just couldn't make myself get up and do things. It also impaired my short-term memory. I gained 30 lbs. while taking it, but the weight fell off when I stopped taking Celexa. Overall, the negative side effects were outweighed by the positive effects. I credit Celexa with helping me regain my life.

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bipolargirl55
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Michigan U.S.A.
Posts: 1
Sun February 18, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I like it myself. Of all the other Anti-Depression Medications I've been on so far I like Celexa. I haven't had any known side effects as I have been on it for a few months now.

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Thomi
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Maine
Posts: 36
Sat February 17, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: No side effects
CONS: did not ease anxiety or depression

It did not ease my depression or anxiety. I didn't have any negative side effects.

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catwoman
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Registered: January 2007
Location: san jose, ca
Posts: 3
Tue January 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: calm
CONS: itchy skin all over

I don't want to give this med a low rating just because it made me itch...my body is very sensitive unlike almost any other...so i will give it a 7 out of 10...by the way my grandmother who is in her late eighties takes this and it has really helped her out!

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mama2ak
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4
Sun December 31, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: No foggy side effects
CONS: Takes awhile to kick in, need high doses

I like that it comes in generic. I was switched to 40 mg of Celexa from 200 mg of Zoloft and the fog lifted. I'm still depressed but symptoms are definitely less. I just upped to 50 mg so I'll come back and let you know if it works better then.

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embers
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Registered: October 2006
Mon October 2, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $40.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: evens out your mood, gets you motivated, and negative thoughts aren't allowed in
CONS: minor fatigue, medication wears off easily

Great medication, citalopram that is, not celexa.

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eskielover
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 10579
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS:
CONS: immediate reaction was to cause migraine pain

This medication was provided as samples & then again given in the hospital, so no information on price. Immediately after being given even a low dose of this med, migraine pain was experienced. Because my migraine pain is being controled using a high dose of narcotics, I wasn't willing to continue taking the celexa when migraine pain showed up after taking the med.

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wi_fighter
Magnate

Registered: April 2005
Location: Tornado country
Posts: 2544
Wed September 13, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Increased mood, improved sleep, decreased constant brain activity especially at night
CONS: None, except it eventually quit working for me

I'd been on this medication for years, tweaking the dose when needed - decreasing when feeling better, increasing when going through a rough spell. I thought it worked well for me until my doctor switched me to Lexapro and I saw how much better that worked. Due to cost, I went back to citalopram (generic Celexa) but found that it just didn't work as well after seeing how much better I felt on Lexapro. Due to low side effect profile and low cost, I would definitely recommend this to someone on a tight budget who needs a calming antidepressant. A 90-day supply cost $33, 100% out-of-pocket, at two different pharmacies (a chain store and a locally-owned pharmacy). This med caused no strange tics, sexual side effects, or weight loss/gain.

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hannan423
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Registered: July 2006
Location: florida
Posts: 4
Fri July 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $75.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: it was good when i started
CONS: it is not doing good 2 1/2 after i have been taking it

It has helped me but now I think that I need more tharipy with it

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LadyDragus
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Registered: April 2003
Location: Springfield Mo. USA
Posts: 3501
Wed June 28, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $49.99| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: It has helped me during my pregnancy
CONS:

I think this med has helped me keep some what sane during my pregnacy.. I hope to contiue to take it afer if not, I will most likely go back on WellburtinEx or soemthign like that.

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darkeyes
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Registered: May 2001
Location: US
Posts: 6683
Fri June 23, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: I found it did help lift depression for me, when the other SSRI's konked out. Celexa eventually did, so my pdoc encouraged a mood stabilizer that has seemed to address my depression while adressing my mild bipolar. Overall, Celexa did help me get on trac
CONS: Did on occasion,get involutary muscle jerks, that would just happen, for example,a knee or arm jerk, as fast as it occured it would end. Other than that, it was easier with physical withdrawal, I did not have "brain zaps", where Zoloft, physical

Sorry, I couldn't say about price, once again I have a presciprion plan, it has been years since I was on Celexa, so I forgot what it would have cost. Bottom line, if it were prescribed to me again, I'd have no qualms to re-start.

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Rhapsody
Wise Elder

Registered: January 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 9851
Tue June 20, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.16| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Increased mental awareness / decreased anxiety / no more running thoughts
CONS: change in sexual function / ability

Celexa has literally saved my life.... I was once a prisoner within the four walls of my house and was thinking about (had a date & plan) to end my life just prior to starting this medicine. I am presently taking 20 mg a day of Celexa for PMDD, Severe Mood Swings, Depression and an Anxiety Disorder. IMO - this medicine is a miracle drug.

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kimmydawn
Legendary

Registered: October 2004
Location: ohio, us
Posts: 15411
Tue June 13, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: increased focus/decreased anxiety
CONS: none

I was on this medication for a very short time and it allowed me to focus better and relax. Since I've seen this, I'm thinking about speaking to my doctor about it again actually. I had not one side effect on the lowest dose.

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