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User Reviews for Citalopram

Also known as: Celexa

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Started 10 mg Citalopram 8 days ago and although they said it would take 2 weeks to really work I started to feel better the first day! Minor nausea the first couple times I took it but it went away quick. This stuff has changed my life. Helped me quit smoking. It's so strange being able to walk around and interact in public without anxiety. Improved my sleep overall however you will probably want to make sure you are active during the day because it takes a little more time to fall asleep. Wonderful Medication, wish I started it much sooner."

   
10

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 30, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I've been on citalopram for about 4 years. I recently went off for about a month and decided to go back on. For me the withdrawal was not bad, what I noticed was a major increase in agitation. I have started back on and remembering the wonderful effects of starting over. Most of the bad effects end after a few days or so, the rest after a month or so. I'm back on day 3 and feel like crap, but I know it's almost over. The main problem with anxiety meds is that you are giving them to people with anxiety. The off feeling turns to worry, which leads to heart palpitations, and pretty soon you are on this site looking at reviews. I would/am going into this with the idea that the drug is totally safe but will make you feel like crap."

   
10

Bobbiegfd April 29, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I had been suffering from depression and anxiety for years, in 2014 was put on to sertraline and felt better for a few months until the symptoms returned. A year later the doctor doubled my dose and things started to calm down again. I've recently been to have a review of my medication and was put on to 10mg citalopram. I can't describe how much this has had a positive effect on my life, from day 3 of taking it my palpitations had gone, the sweats & faint feelings had disappeared. It really is an amazing medication if it works well for you."

   
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Emma1984D (taken for less than 1 month) April 28, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "To deal with menopausal symptoms: stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, I tried paxil and prozac. Not a good result: both very heavy duty - you FEEL drugged. With prozac I was drooling and I didn't even know it; with paxil, I felt dull-witted and thick, like a beached whale. But the 3rd time was a charm: I tried Celexa and it worked almost immediately. I felt calmer, not depressed and I slept like a baby. For me it's the best. the only side effect is one 1/2 hour after taking it I feel nauseous for a few minutes. small price to pay."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 26, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "I suffered from severe panic attacks and OCD, particularly checking. I have been on 20 mg of Celexa for 7 years and am a new person. I have never had a side effect and handle stress with ease. I still engage in some "checking," but have been panic attack-free and lost many of my other OCD behaviours."

   
10

CheckLess April 25, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been on this medication for 17 years im on 20mg I was on 60mg 40mg and now I weened down to 20mg this medication is really good. I never had any problems with it. Good Luck"

   
10

indigogirl (taken for 10 years or more) April 24, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Weight loss, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite. EXTREMELY irritable. Sweaty palms. NO THANK YOU."

   
1.0

Anonymous April 21, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I started on citalopram in September 2015 as I had extremely anxiety, causing me to feel depressed. I started on 10mg after 4 weeks I went to 20mg and after 4 months on 20mg I went to 30mg. It's been so fantastic. It did take longer than 4 weeks for optimal effect, I'd say for me I started feeling better around week 9-10, but it's helped no end. I worry less, process irrational thoughts better and anxiety has reduced 90%. Give it time, I truly believe if my gp had changed my medication on all my earlier visits where I was convinced it wasn't working, I would be worse off than I am now. Also engage with therapy."

   
9.0

Nai1234 April 20, 2016

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For Depression: "At first, 20mg of Citalopram snapped me out of my depression and angriness in a couple of days. It was like "Magic!" I felt great. This is the 1st med I have ever really taken for anything at 56 yrs old. Now that I have been on it for almost 2 years, I must have built up a tolerance for it or something. I also have been noticing for a while now that there are side effects described by people on here that I have been experiencing. No libido, and not even caring about it. Mental fog, loss of awareness of surroundings, especially when driving. Up and down days of depression, some increased irritation with people and situations. This drug helps, but I don't want to keep feeling like this. Need to try something else."

   
5.0

joe2016 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 20, 2016

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For Depression: "I cannot believe that this medication has genuinely helped me to start turning my life around. I didn't recognise exactly how low I had become. I went to my GP following six months of extreme anxiety due to work stresses, and after a lengthy consultation and blood tests was prescribed citalopram 10mg. I experienced some nausea, mild headaches and an increase in my anxiety after a week. So I revisited the GP and my dose was increased to 20mg.I had minimal side effects for a couple of days and then I felt myself becoming calmer, even of mood and generally enjoying the little things that I had stopped enjoying. I feel confident and happy - even in social situations I would normally avoid. I am smiling again."

   
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Elkay007 April 19, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been prescribed Citalopram for the 4th time but have started my dose at only 5mg as I get so many bad side effects but the good news is, this is this really works 100% for me once I get used to it! I only wish I had not listened to my doctor who kept tapering me off it but always gave me Zopiclone or Lorazepam to help, only my new GP won't give me either so this is tough right now. Only on day 3 but remember how I was able to lead a completely normal life once the medication worked. A small price to pay in the end have been ill for almost a year now trying different medication but decided it was tie to go with the one that truly works despite how horrible the start up effects might be ."

   
9.0

williamsmom (taken for less than 1 month) April 18, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Great"

   
9.0

Frozenmonti April 17, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I've been on citalopram for 4 years now and it's been a lifesaver. When I started at 10 mg I had terrible nausea but I soon went away in a day or two. Now on 40 mg my anxiety has been so incredibly decreased and I'm able to deal with my emotions with positive coping skills"

   
9.0

Anonymous April 16, 2016

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For Depression: "I started taking citalopram shortly after becoming 18 (2 months) I feel anxious if I miss a dose...on edge, but when I'm on it I immediately feel like things are clearer, I can calmly think and resolve issues. Effectiveness is fading after about 2 months but maybe that's the exam period? It's good though :)."

   
7.0

18, male UK April 13, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "It has saved my sanity and kept me at peace at first I was sick and had a mild headache now I'm eating way too much. I'm terrified if I stop taking this I'm thankful for celexa,"

   
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Julie2467 April 10, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I started taking citalopram about a month and a half ago. Started with 10 mg now on 20 mg. I did not have severe anxiety, however I did not feel like my old happy, carefree self. I self diagnosed myself with social anxiety and finally talked to my doctor. This medication has definitely helped me. Easier to get out of bed every day, worry less and focus on what makes me happy. Overall I feel a lot better, however it is not black and white. I still have anxiety in stressful situations but my day to day life feels easier."

   
8.0

Anne J. (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 8, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "So everyone severe anxiety/panic episodes since 2011. I take Buspar 2xa day- worked for about a year then took Xanax when needed and stayed on Buspar. Now I take Celexa and what a lifesaver. Everyday was panic, anxiety, hypochondria - horrible - thank you Dr!!!"

   
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Ready for the change (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 8, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I've been on Celexa (actually Citalopram - the generic equivalent) for several years for anxiety attacks. It made a huge difference at first. I started having issues with excessive fatigue, foggy brain, and sore joints. Out of desperation, I tried an elimination diet going gluten free. After about 6 weeks of being totally gluten free the fatigue, mind fog and joint pain subsided and I started getting the same side effects as I had when first getting on the Citalopram. I cut my script from 40 mg to 20 mg and was feeling much better. Over a year later, I'm still feeling much better. I'm trying to ween myself off the citalopram - dropping to 10 mg was fine, but now, almost two weeks into no pills at all, I'm beginning to feel anxiety."

   
7.0

AnxiousMEO April 7, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have had feelings of moodiness, irritability, snappiness, and slight depression since my children were born. I cast it aside, for FOUR YEARS, thinking I was just nuts and hormonal. After talking to my OB/Gyn about these issues on multiple visits, she suggested I try celexa. I have been on 10mg for one week. The first two days were the worst: headache, nauseated, and diarrhea. I've also been slightly tired, and have had a bit of insomnia. However, I've caught myself SMILING all of the time. My chest no longer fees tight. I'm enjoying and embracing motherhood, and feel moments of euphoria. I'm hoping my body adjusts accordingly to the medication within the next few months."

   
9.0

PJCH April 6, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Trust and believe that celexa WAS a godsend for me, 50"

   
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Anonymous April 5, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have been on celexa for over 15 years, I can tell when I am not taking it. Its not supposed to make everything perfect just better then it was and it doesn't work for everyone. There is no perfect drug but this one had helped me focus much better. also I have not noticed any side effects"

   
9.0

CELEXA (taken for 10 years or more) March 30, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I am 46 I have been on cipramil since I was 30 . Much to my husbands disgust . My daughter was 5 yrs old at the time and my second daughter was new borne . After being on it for a month( 20mg once a day) my 5yr old daughter cuddled me and said "I love having you as my Mum now, you aren't so angry any more " This almost broke my heart and I have been on them ever since. I did try to wheen myself off them last year under doctors suggestions . After one month my husband told me to start them again as I was angry again . I am back on them and my family us happy and so am I ."

   
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Jodes69 March 26, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Awful. Didn't help and made me feel so apathetic. My school performance significantly decresed. I tried weaning off from taking 20 mg, then 10mg daily, then 10mg every other day, then 5mg every other day and had the worst withdrawl symptoms ever. Increased anxiety and depression. I was crying all the time and sometime felt manic. I had more pain and also had a fever of +102.8 for three days. Would not recomend"

   
1.0

anxietyridden1280437 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 22, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I have been on celexa for two days now and have had almost no side effects what so ever . I was super hesitant about taking it as both the reviews I read and the doctor who gave it to me told me it would cause bad anxiety for the first week. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first 20mg dose, as it helped my anxiety almost immediately . I have a bit of nausea and fatigue , along with a bit of dizziness but nothing serious . This is the first time I have gone a day without anxiety in three years, and I know it's not a placebo effect since I initially believed the medication would do the opposite . My sister suffers from depression and after seeing my reaction to the medication is considering seeing a doctor to try it out ."

   
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Mamabearie March 21, 2016

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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: "I give this a 0 as with all other antidepressants because they don't relieve symptoms naturally. I also had an extremely bad reaction with this one."

   
1.0

jeff.roach0 (taken for less than 1 month) March 19, 2016

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