Has anyone gotten off Celexa and started St. Johns Wort?
30 Aug 2011
Hi gaugur69. I can't answer your question, because I've never taken St. Johns Wort. But I once was on celexa, but no more. Just curious more than anything, as to why you might be stopping celexa. I stopped taking it because of the fatique factor. It really left me feeling tired. Always interests me to know how other people do or did on medications that I once was on or am currently taking. well, the best to you.
31 Aug 2011
*** DO NOT TAKE THESE THESE TOGETHER ***
"Several studies have shown that St. John's wort is effective in reducing symptoms in people with mild-to-moderate but not severe (or major) depression. In certain studies it appears to work as well as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular type of antidepressant that includes fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft) without one of the most common side effects, loss of libido.
St. John's wort contains several chemicals, including hypericin, hyperforin and flavonoids. Researchers aren't exactly sure how St. John's wort works, although it has been suggested that the herb acts like an SSRI, making more serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine available to the brain. These neurotransmitters help improve one's mood. Scientists thought that hypericin was responsible for these effects, but now they believe that other chemicals in St. John's wort have a beneficial effect.
Not all studies agree, however. In one study, St. John's wort was found to be no more effective than placebo for treating depression; however, in the same study, Zoloft also failed to show any benefit in treating depression. A number of other studies have compared St. John's wort to Prozac, Celexa, paroxetine (Paxil), and Zoloft, and found that the herb is just as effective as the drug. Other studies are ongoing."
From the U of Maryland Med. Center's web page
29 Apr 2015
I've gotten off Celexa because of sudden weight gain after 8 months of taking it. My doctor said sometimes this side effect is seen later. So I have to choose. But weight gain in itself is depressing to me, so I'm titrating down. I will be looking into Perika St. John's Wort, or SJW tea once I'm off it. I agree 100% that those two should not be taken together.
- Celexa Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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