I was just prescribed Celexa for generalized/social anxiety and panic attacks. I was given a 20mg dosage and simply told to take one a day at the same time. But after reading about the drug, a lot of info says it's best to start with a lower dose and gradually up it. I trust my doctor, I'm just worried starting at 20mg right off the bat isn't a good idea or something.
28 May 2011
Hi staceynor. I was on celexa, prescribed for my anxiety, just as yourself. The starting dose is 20mg. Most everything I've read, from the other members here on the site, is that they also began and most of them stay on 20mg or a few are on 40mg. So, I believe that its ok, that your dr.prescribed you the 20mg.dose. They don't make a 10mg pill. Its 20 or 40. Have a fine weekend.
29 May 2011
Hi, i also take celexa (citalopram where i live, UK). I don't want to contradict pledge but there is a 10mg version (maybe its not available where he lives?). My mum takes the 10mg for mild depression/anxiety and has gotten relief from this. I am on 60mg now. But as pledge said, 20mg is the usual starting dose. I was on this 2 weeks, then went up to 40mg and was great on this for many months. I have bipolar also and take seroquel at night, and it was making me a bit 'zombified' during the day, so my psych decided to drop the seroquel by 50mg and increase the celexa to balance it out. And it works amazing for me. I hope you have as much success on it as i've had.
3 Jun 2014
I started taking celexa 20 mg on a Wednesday. I had very high anxiety and a few panic attacks. On Friday night, just three days on it I experienced a very bad reaction to the drug. I had a panic attack that lasted 5 hours. I felt out of my mind crazy, unable to function. I had extreme lose of appetite and lost 5 pounds. I ended up I'm the hospital because of none stop anxiety with dehydration and low calories on my body. I spoke to a phsyciatrist at the hospital who evaluated me and said to take 10 mg of celexa. That 20 was too much for me. I had taken celexa 2 years ago for years with no problems. Not sure what happened. I am 40 lbs lighter so maybe that has something to do with it. Good luck. Panic attacks suck!!
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