I have been on Celexa 40mg for some time now. I am beginning to feel like its no longer working. My depression is getting worse and it's really taking me down. I'm fighting hard just to keep my head above water. My pain is becoming insufferable. I'm going to see my doctor soon but would welcome some suggestions to take with me. I've never felt so low in years. I'm struggling right now worse than ever before. If anyone has ideas, please help me. I'm of no use to anyone here right now. That's why I haven't been around. I dearly appreciate everyone's help right now
I need advice regarding depression?
- 2 Oct 2012 by Tee6759
- celexa, depression, pain, fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder, chronic pain, anxiety and stress
Added 17 Oct 2012:
Dear Friends, I have seen my doctor and I talked long and hard about my pain and depression. She has now added Amitriptiline 25mg to my list. She also advised me to increase it by double if I feel its not working. I'm going to do that because I've yet to get any results from the low dose. I deeply appreciate all of your responses. All of you have been very encouraging and supportive. You have all touched my heart.
2 Oct 2012
I am a bit new here, been on the sight since August, i as well suffer from a host of mh issues which i am under psychiatric care for and have been since 1999, in my opinion it sounds like the Celexa is not working for u anymore or you need to have something added! If I read correctly the highest strength is 40 mg, have u ever taking abilify?? hit comment to respond to this message if u like!!
Abilify is an antipsychotic medication that when added with a antideppresant it enhances the antideppresant and helps it to work better, if u haven't tried this I would talk to the doctor about it, sure worth a try in my opinion... psych. meds are trial and error, if one don't work u have to go to the next till you find the combo that works for u! I wish u nothing but happiness and hope u get some relief soon, but I would talk to the doc if I were u about adding the abilify, as it does help of course all meds have side effects, but they have to list that to cover themselves that doesn't mean that it's going to happen, so don't read to much into things like i use to and still do..lol Good Luck and God Bless You in your time of need
7 Nov 2012
something to at least think about: I was on Lexapro for five years and all of a sudden it seemed like it just stopped working. I don't know how long you have been on it, but it might be that it's usefulness has maxed out. I know my switch to Celexa from Lexapro worked great. Maybe you should switch to another form of antidepressant rather than taking on more medications. I am sure you were told to take the amytriptaline at night. Best of luck!
30 Mar 2013
Tee. I. Also. Take. Amitriptaline. It. Is. Used. To. Treat. Depression. Its. Also. Used. To. Treat. Pain. Which. Is. Great. Has. Worked well. With. My chronic back. Pain. But i. Just had. A. Bone density scan and. Was. Told. Iam at high risk for hip fracture.?Got. To. Be. Honest iam. Scared.!Thanks. Deb
17 Oct 2012
think you should take counseling, talking to someone is always better than keeping it to yourself. If you keep it to yourself all you're doing is letting all that hate and sadness live inside you, which is never the right thing. You want a Positive lifestyle. If your case is severe, then I'm sure there is some type of medication for you.
I wish you the best!
23 Jul 2013
I'm a very late responder to this question but I'm a wise old depressed lady who has been battling this disease for about 24 years now. I read through the articles feeling like I was reading my own journals. Tee you immediately captured my attention and then my heart. One thing I've learned from living with and researching-and re-researching this god-aweful disease of depression is the common factor that you have to find yourself something to live for and hold on to it with all your might, fight like h"&!, and never let go! Keep going to the doc. keep trying that different med. just keep on.
You sometimes have to lay with your head under the covers and let the inside ache heal a little but then you'll get out and KEEP ON living a second at a time a minute at a time sometimes you'll look up and a whole day will have gone by, but you made it! If I can fight this nasty disease for going on 24 years with the love and support of just a few people then I'm willing to reach out and offer my hand to anyone willing to fight with me! Keep going Tee! Best of Luck and if you want to friend me I'm happy to oblige. ;)
30 Mar 2013
Hi Tee. Just out of curiosity, how did the amitryptiline work out for you? Did it help at all, either with the pain or the depression or both? It's always nice to treat 2 things with one drug, to keep the number of total medications you have to take! I hope it's working out for you!
2 Oct 2012
Hello Tee. So sorry to hear you are struggling. Good to know you are seeing the doctor soon.
I know that dark despair. Am glad you can see a way out. Until you get your meds changed I will remind you of what is missing: Joy. Time to hold onto that for now. Being on this site gets you out of your head for a bit. When I first found this group I was feeling overwhelmed. Since then I have found being involved gives a brief break from all I struggle with, both emotional and physical. When someone is helped I feel uplifted. Perhaps this will work for you too. I feel you are of use and would love to talk with you anytime.
I happen to be on the same med, same dose. When anxious I have Xanax to take. When I hurt I use Vicodin. Mostly I ignore pain because I meditate. I play senseless games on my iPad to help pass the time. I know that my time is limited and I refuse to let my emotions take over anymore.
Friends are the answer. Giving is the cure. Time is on your side. Write me please. Could use another friend. Karen
2 Oct 2012
Hi Tee. I'm sorry that you are feeling so low,of course,I've been in those low depths of hell myself,obviously, or I would'nt be answering this question.Or rather, I should say, just trying to offer some comfort to you.I read your bio as it seemed that maybe you were no stranger to the community,and that helped me to see both some of your past issues,and sort of let me know what you are dealing with,as a normal part of your life.Our childhoods were different and yet in so many ways the same.I see that you are dealing with Fibromyalgia as well,which is such a difficult thing for even the mildest case,but it seems you have it in the most extreme form.I am not sure if,when you refer to the pain,if you are talking about the physical pain or the mental and emotional pain,or both.
I'll just say this... I'll bet, that you have answered this very question you are asking, on this very site,likely multiple times.You know that these head meds can stop working,or need some extra tweaking,or a new med added.I know that you take a whole lot of meds for various issues,and the thought of having to add more, or even worse, go through the process of finding a new cocktail for the depression is probably partly to blame for you feeling this way too.But seems to me that when all those meds are working you deal extremely well with your life,both past and present.I'm 52 as well,so I know that part of being able to deal comes from life and our experiences.I came from a family who did not want me,and never failed to let me know that I had been an "accident". One I might add that my mother tried to get rid of several times during the first 8 years of my life.I was blessed with a brother,but mother did'nt want him either.Unfortunately,he did'nt make it through babyhood.And i saw what happened to him,how he died.These things made for a torturous childhood,that I admit I have not added details to my bio.But,all those things helped form the strong person that I would become,Oh, there are times when I feel so incredibly weak,but no longer self medicate,or punish myself for the faults of those who were supposed to love and care for me. Instead, I became a mother that my 2 daughters could and can depend on,and who will love them until the end of my life,and they KNOW that.For so many years they WERE my life.I suspect the same can be said for the relationship between you and your child.Dwell on her,and remember that she will have memories of these years.I'm sure that you have always done your utmost to make her life everything that yours was not.One day,she will love you all the more because she will know all of the things that you have dealt with in your life, but still made her feel like she was the most important purpose in your life.Please remeber that this extreme low IS transient,it IS a passing thing, You will NOT feel this way forever.Hold on to those things,all the things I've talked about as that will help to get you through,each second,of every minute,of every hour,of every day,one day at a time.I guess there is no chance of getting in to see your dr any sooner?? If that even might be a dream of a possibility,give it a shot.Just give a call and see if you can get in.What would it hurt?? This IS a good place to come is'nt it? It's great to be able to feel good enough to try to help someone else,but it also is comforting, to know that we have somewhere to go and others can totally get what we are saying... or NOT saying.I know it's hard,and it's hard to say it to you too,but... Be Strong for you and for your family.Wishing you peace in your mind and in your heart,tejas129
7 Dec 2012
Sometimes you get used to certain drugs, you should tell your doctor maybe the doctor would titratre your dose up or try you on another medication. I use a drug called Effexor xr s dose in the AM and dose in the PM. So check out your optionsI hope things get better for you!!
2 Oct 2012
My Dearest Tee, so sorry to hear you are suffering! However,you have made the first step to feeling better: reaching out for support. As you know, I have extensive experience with anti-depressants I've tried many of them. All I can tell you is I am now on Cymbalta 120mg per day. Of all the meds I am on, this one really seems to help me. You know my situation with my disorder and how frustrated and sad it can make me. But I don't seem to wallow in the deep black pit anywhere near as much as I have before, over lesser matters. The Cymbalta seems to help me stay balanced and it also has a pain relieving component that's an extra bonus. I have been on it for close to a year and even wih everything I am going through, my depression is under control. Of course I have my bad days, but I don't get stuck in it like I used to.
I know how hard it is to deal with daily, excruciating pain and then feel guilty because you can't function the way you want to. I had a friend suggest that I check to see if my insurance would cover massage therapy and I think that may help. I know for a fact that visualization and relaxaion exercises are helpful, call me and I'll share some techniques with you. Unfortunately I haven't found a med that works without adding other strategies like counseling, good, solid support from people who can relate, and many, many prayers!!! Remember, you are not alone in this. God is with you, holding your hand and stroking your hair, trying to comfort you as much as you let him. I know he is going to put people on your path to help and comfort you--don't let them go unnoticed! Tee, I really wish I could reach across the miles and take your pain away. But remember, there are so many people who love and need you (like me!) and don't get sucked into the pit of hopelessness. I know we are all praying for you and something good is going to happen! If you are still up, call me, I'll be up for awhile. If not please call me tomorrow when you get up. Tee, keep your chin up, you are a strong, beautiful woman of grace and dignity, I know you can get through this. Remember I am here day or night and would love to hear from you! Wishing you peace, comfort and serenity, Lisa Z.
2 Oct 2012
Hi, sorry things are so hard for you right now. It may be helpful to add another medication to the Celexa, or change medication. It isn't recommended to increase Celexa past 40mg. I am on 60mg but i was prescribed that 2 years ago and it is frowned upon now because of the risks of heart disease associated with it. I currently take 2 anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic,combinations can work very well for some people. Do you have a psychiatrist or counsellor you can speak to?
2 Oct 2012
I just wanted to let you know first of all, don't ever think that you are not of use here, YOU ARE! You are a valuable member of this site and everyone here cares about you, especially me. All you have to do is remember that you have the strength to get through this. You have done so many good things on this Site and in your life, and for me. Look at what happened to us. We found each other here, we both have been through the same things, we have similar histories, and we are both stronger because of the powerful bond we have. You can and will make it. Every one here cares about you a lot, especially me and that is the one thing you have to remember. I'm a stronger person because of you.
3 Apr 2013
Hello Tee. I was in a bad car accident 16 yrs ago and have been on disability since. My back was broken, lungs punctured, spleen crushed, 70% ribs fractured, left pelvis & scapula fractured. I am walking thanks to God!!! My Dr.had me on Amitriptyline 50mg for years. for the pain & to sleep better however my body became addicted to it & until I got pregnant I could not get off of it but I had no choice then. I was also on Lipitor 40mg which worked great for depression. Then my insurance said I need to try celexa cause they are the same drug & cheaper so I did take them for a month & I felt worse. (My Psychologist had said they are not the same drug at all pffft. No wonder they didn't work) So my Dr. was able to justify to the insurance that I need the Lexapro & took them for a few more years. Then I started to feel like I needed a higher dose after years of taking 40mg however 40 mg is as highest dose you can take. So my Dr.
put me on what I now call a wonder drug Viibryd 40mg about 6 months ago & I have never felt better mentally in my life!!! It is a newer drug on the market so I was always being asked by the pharmacist, my other Dr's, my sister in-law who's a nurse etc. how to spell it... lol I hope you are feeling better from what I read here & if not mentally maybe the Viibryd might work for you cause it most definitely did for me. As far as pain killers for me the only ones that work are Oxycontin & Dilaudid However I get energy from them so I can't take after 4pm or I'll be up all night like tonight. Most people get knocked out from Morphine. I hope this helps. God Bless you!!! Vicki
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