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
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
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.
2 Oct 2012
Tee,please be reassured there is light at the end of the tunnel,by staying active through looking for support and consulting with your doctor surely you will rise above the lows you are going through.Try you best to keep a positive outlook,you will get support from friends here.I'm very sorry for the symptoms your feeling and even though you've been taking your medication for a while,it does take time before it builds up enough to show it's full therapeutic value.Stay pro active in your continuing recovery by keeping a log of when your feeling problematic will help you help your doctor diagnose and treat you.I thank you for sharing with us here Tee,sometimes just getting some feed backs while waiting fir your next doctors appointment will keep your head above water.
Please consider me a friend.
2 Oct 2012
Sorry you are feeling down lately! Make sure you make a list to speak to the phychiatrist about. Things like how you are feeling now and down the road. Any meds and side effects you have taken. He/she needs to know how you have been to take care of you. You have alot of support here so keep coming back here until you can see him/her o.k.
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
4 Oct 2012
To all of you special people on this board-- I wanted to let you know I am going to be taking a break for awhile in order to get my life in order. I just wish I had a advocate who could come and list my daily needs to get to the orderly point...
Tax return in 2011 sent me to the web shopping for a clothing line to sell on Ebay. After a explosion of compulsive shopping, I'm left with a store in my home and no experience to sell. I've tried Ebay and couldn't focus on the steps and sent out wrong item, posted the wrong picts. of the wrong items.. etc.. I need to clean up my mess and help supplement our very low income and get to feeling settled inside.
Before I can help anyone else, I need to hep myself, just as we all do. So with that I want any of you to contact me if you want to stay in touch during my transition. I want to stay with you all but need this month or 2 months to get this taken care of.
I didn't want to just drop off the board without explaining and without expressing my need to keep in contact with those who find yourselves needing a friend or a sounding board. I'll still be here but not responding unless you message me.
I will be back and with a clearer mind. And do message if you want. I want that to continue.
All my heart... Janet
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!
17 Oct 2012
Usually the doctor's responses to your depression getting so much worse is to increase the dose of your current medication. Then if that doesn't work, to change you to another medication, but you must get the doctor's direction on what to do. Or perhaps an anti-anxiety med may be added to your Celexa.
If your pain is insufferable and you feel you are really bad off, then call your doctor's office, even off hours, and tell them your situation. Emergencies can get a quicker response than waiting for your appointment, which you didn't say how soon it is.
So reach out to your doctor right away if you feel that you going to do something drastic. I've been where you are in the past. It's very hard, but you can get better. Wish you all the best.
25 Oct 2012
My guess is you may need a mood stablizer such as depikote along with what your taking. You may also want to try another med. Most psychiatrists should know you shouldn't just prescribe anti-deppresants alone. Remind your doc. about that fact and you may find the right combo. Be patient and you will come accross the right meds for you.
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!
28 Nov 2012
The absolute best thing to do is tell you doctor what you are feeling. Do not hesitate to let him/her know exactly how you feel. Do not let them hurry you! Do not ever leave a physician's office feeling as badly as when you got there.
Speak your mind! Be polite of course but this is our lives here! I have struggled with the disease of addiction and PTSD since I was a little girl. And yes, I was born with the disease of addiction. I never asked for such a miserable life!
I am in recovery and have been for quite some time. One of the reasons my disease got so bad was, I self-medicated. I used opiates as my anti-depressant, and I used them for PTSD.
I am familiar with that old friend, Depression. I know what you are going through. I will send you healing thoughts and prayers. Please let us know what your MD tells you.
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