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cadia
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posted 03-26-1999 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cadia   Click Here to Email cadia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been given a new drug called Celexa, i posted that awhile ago,but never asked how it was different to my other drugs i have taken.I've read all about it but i want some personal opinions.i was taking Limbitrol(elavil) and now i am being weened off of it and will be taking Celexa so if anyone on it or starting to take it (in a few days for me) i would like to hear your experience with it.thanks-cadia

Karl
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posted 03-27-1999 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cadia,

I've been on 20 mg celexa for three months. The only intial side effect was nausea, then I started taking it after meals and no more problem.

I take it at night and it helps me sleep..some folks complain it keeps them up. My doc says 40mg is the better dose, but I want the smallest amount of meds to control depression and IBS. It has helped.

Karl

cadia
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posted 03-27-1999 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cadia   Click Here to Email cadia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok, thanks Karl,if anyone else could shed some light on the new med./ i am about to start in two days now i would appreciate it. i want a human opinion, i ve read all about it but sometimes what you read isn't true.
thanks-Cadia ;-)

donnaj
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posted 03-29-1999 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for donnaj   Click Here to Email donnaj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I tried it for 2 day's and thought I was going to die !1 I took it before I went to bad woke up at 11:00 sick as A dog ..the bathroom walls was changing color . Itold the Dr the next day and he said he had never heard of that....anyway I stopped got a new pill. I havn't heard anything bad about it except this but everyone's system is different just be careful when you take it the first day..

Good Luck

slenhart98
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posted 01-11-2000 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for slenhart98   Click Here to Email slenhart98     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I start 20mg Celexa today for depression. I will keep you posted.

Scott

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posted 01-11-2000 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SomeNights   Click Here to Email SomeNights     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am on 60 mgs Celexa, I was up at 80 mgs for a while (this is over the recommended high dose which is 40, 60 for extreme cases, it's unlikely you'll be on that much). My pdoc (psychiatrist) changed me from 80 to 60 when she added in effexor but because of the side fx effexor gives me I don't know what she'll change at my next appointment. I never had any side fx on Celexa except a little sleepiness on 80 mgs, not really a big deal. It's an SSRI like Paxil or Prozac, and has been used for a long time in Australia, it's just more recently approved in the US. Side fx are considered similar to other SSRIs.

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jTb
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posted 01-14-2000 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jTb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To anyone new to Celexa: I sell Celexa and have been on it for over one year. All the "horrible" side effects being reported here need to be taken with a grain of salt. Competing drug reps regularly use these sites to try to scare people off from a drug and some of these sound like just that. It can happen that someone will have such side effects but it is extremely rare and usually is due to the person's hypersensitivity to the drug, not the drug itself. No drug is free from this risk. From my own experience with Celexa I can tell you I had no nausea but I also knew to take it with a meal just in case. The nausea som people experience is due to the fact we all have seratonin receptors in our stomach. If you increse the amount of seratonin in the gut (which all SSRIs will), you can experience nausea. This is common but usually will only last a week or two and is fairly mild. Your body will eventually adjust. Celexa has been used for 10 years throughout Europe and is the highest prescribed SSRI there as well as being the most prescribed drug overall in Austria and Finland (this is significant because these countries have a very high rate of depression and anxiety diagnoses). Celexa's advantages are that the overall side-effect profile is better and Celexa has the lowest risk of interacting with other medications you might be taking, such as coumadin, digoxin, cimetidine or carbamazipine. Other SSRIs, particularly Paxil and Prozac have a much greater risk with such interactions while Zoloft runs a close second to Celexa. Such interactions are rarely fatal but they will result in increased side effects from one drug or the other as they are competing for the same metabolic pathways. I will not paint the perfect, rosey picture of Celexa you would probably expect from a rep, however. It's only fair to explain I did experience some side effects from Celexa. I was put up as high as 40mg but had some sedation as well as delayed ejaculation, so my MD backed me down to 20mg, which worked but I still felt a little more tired than normal toward the late afternoon. I tried taking it in the morning instead of the evening, as advised, and found the sedation went away. This is not normal, so don't use my experience as gospel. I can tell you I have never felt better! It's great to have such clarity of thought for the first time in years. My motivation increased and I've lost 28 lbs from getting off my butt and working out. At one point my MD tried to switch me to Effexor XR to get an even better result. I will not slam Effexor here. I will just say it did not work well for me due to side effects. If you are on Effexor XR and it works for you, stay on it. One bit of advice, however: DO NOT MISS A DOSE!! You will experience profound withdrawal effects. Back to Celexa: not all SSRIs work alike. You can have terrific efficacy with Celexa and no effect with Prozac and vice-versa. Just because one doesn't work or gives you intolerable side effects doesn't mean another will do the same. Just remember you have to give them a chance to work before you give up on them. Celexa has the advantage of reaching steady state in a week so you might feel the effects faster than with others (no guarantees, however). It's important to give ANY SSRI at least 4-5 weeks, and as much as 8 sometimes, to give you the full effect you need. Sometimes this period can be difficult due to associated side effects without full efficacy. I know it's not easy, but try to tough it out. Remember, the alternative; depression, anxiety, etc is far less desirable than the side effects. It's a fact that 15% of those suffering from depression will commit suicide. Try not to be one of them.

nougat
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posted 04-14-2000 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nougat   Click Here to Email nougat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just started taking Celexa this past Tuesday and I have felt wonderful! I have noticed minor headaches, but compared to the depression, a headache is really no problem!

I started on 10mg on April 11 and will increase to 15mg on April 18 for 2 weeks and then will increase to 20mg.

I will keep you posted, but as far as I am concerned, I love it!

nougat

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