User Reviews for Citalopram
Also known as: Celexa
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Reviews for Citalopram
For Depression: "Celexa has helped to improve my mental status but the physical symptoms/side effects are another story. In the month I've been taking it I've had headaches, nausea/upset stomach, extreme fatigue, some insomnia, diminished appetite and more. I'm going to see my doctor tomorrow to get off of this medication."
lizual (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2015
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: "I've suffered from depression/social anxiety for years. After a recent breakup, my depression spiraled out if control. My doc put me on Remeron for about a month which did nothing Except help me sleep. In the past I've taken: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Lexapro and Buspar. I was just prescribed 20mg Celexa a week ago and WOW-the constant racing cynical voices have been silenced-instead of picturing worst case scenarios I'm picturing best case scenarios-I haven't felt this "at peace" feeling for SO LONG. I'm excited, because the dark cloud is lifting more by the day. I haven't experienced any side effects."
Keepit100 (taken for less than 1 month) December 31, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I really didn't know I had a problem with anxiety until I started this medication for a bout of situational depression (my husband leaving me while I was deployed), and as soon as I started taking it, it was like all of the horrible cloudiness that kept me awake every night, that I dubiously named depression, completely subsided. I had had anxiety all along, and probably my entire life. I have been using Celexa (5mg) on and off for a few years now, when things seem to just spiral out of my control, and it has been wonderful, and worked perfectly every time, immediately, with no side effects. I am beyond thankful."
Gkmason December 30, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I started Celexa in July and within a few weeks those closest to me remarked on the difference how much happier and less angry I seemed. I felt less overwhelmed by stress and felt happier. The change had been subtle from my viewpoint, and it wasn't until after my doctor suggested a change in medicine, I realized how much it helped me. Within days I noticed my irritability had returned and within a couple weeks I felt as if I weren't taking anything at all. I asked my doctor to return me to Celexa. Side effects I've noticed: initial nausea, jittery (especially with the addition of caffeine), vivid dreams, weight loss (15 pounds since July)."
JudeClint December 28, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: "Along with Celexa at 20mg, for about 5 weeks, I take 150mg of Wellbutrin, and 40 mg of methadone. I've had several back surgeries so live with chronic pain. Along with an improvement of depression and anxiety, I noticed that my appetite has decreased. No weight gain, maybe lost a couple pounds. I noticed improvement on the first couple days! I've tried Prozac & Welbutrin, individually & together, but not much help. I recommend giving Celexa a try over any other medicines."
Flowly improving (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 24, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Day 4 of Celexa & WOW my negative thoughts, constant worry & irritation have almost vanished! I'm taking 10mg a day and am amazed at how quickly I feel this medicine working. I have had some bad headaches, dizziness & a little nausea but that's about it & totally worth it for the difference I'm feeling. I feel like life is worth living again. Thank you Celexa!"
Jillybean1979 December 20, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I have suffered from panic attacks for about 12 years. Because I have a brother who became addicted to xanax and ended up detoxing in a hospital I have been afraid of all medication. After a major scare concerning a health issue I found I could no longer ignore the consequences of the attacks. I have lost 20 lbs in 5 years and am now very underweight. I had no appetite and dreaded meals. I started taking Celexa 3 weeks ago and the change is amazing. I still wake up in the middle of the night and I do have very vivid dreams. However, now when I wake up and do not go into a panic attack. I am eating 3 meals a day. The only side effects I have are headaches and constipation. I would recommend this medicine."
joanmredd December 18, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I got on Celexa about 5 months ago. The reason was stress. I went to the doctor for a routine physical after turning 30. He was going through a checklist of questions and when 'stress' came up I was like absolutely. Just married, new house, new baby, trying to elevate myself in the professional world --- all wonderful stuff but challenging and stressful. He prescribed Celexa to "take the edge off." It did just that. Nothing major, but you can feel it for the first few weeks. You're just a little more chill. It makes it difficult to get angry (i.e. road rage never happens). I took it a few months then I stopped. Didn't notice any side effects from getting off it. Didn't feel it anymore after a few months anyway."
Joey from Loueeezziana December 15, 2014
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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "This medicine changed my life! I suffered from anorexia, anxiety and mild depression. For two plus years now I am free of these afflictions and live a happy well adjusted life! For me the results started immediately, maybe a little too much results at first. The biggest shock is that the day after I started taking the medication, I physically saw myself differently in the mirror. This was a huge step to overcoming my anorexia. I no longer dwelled on the motor mirror or cried all the time and my general anxiety was quelled. My mind was no longer racing and focusing on negatives. After 8 weeks I felt like a normal person."
Liz Adkins (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 12, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: "Celexa is a literally a magic pill, for me. 20 minutes, tops & I feel like myself again. I've been taking it for about 4 years for 1 or 2 months a couple of times a year. The holidays are always bad. I get so sick of crying all the time. Sobbing, actually. I've tried a few other antidepressants but nothing works like Celexa. For me. May not be for everyone. Other people may need to take Celexa for a longer or more regular period of time & it can take up to 2-3 weeks for the medication to completely work, for a lot of people. Ask your doctor & give it a try."
Dawn_Dawn1968 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 8, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "My doctor put me on Celexa when I started having tension headaches from severe stress. The headaches were gone after a week of taking the medication. A week later, I started tripping over my own feet & my pharmacist told me the medication was to blame. My stress was absolutely more manageable, though!"
StephanieAlice (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 7, 2014
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For Depression: "I am 3 days in taking this medicine at 40 mg dose and I am absolutely amazed that I am feeling 80% better! Anxiety is 98% better! I am so glad because I was not at all coping. I thought it took 2 weeks for these medicines to get in our systems but common sense says any medicine taken will immediately get into our blood streams."
I'mback! December 4, 2014
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For Depression: "Difficulty urinating and low sex drive side effects took about 2 months to subside, felt really tired for about 4 to 6 months just going to work to pay the bills and sleeping the rest of the time. But now its a lot better, I deal with anxiety better but the combination of physiologist and medicines work better. I'm not the full on person I was and I take things slowly now. Now I just stop and smell the daises a bit but I took this for me to learn that the happy things in life are sometimes the simplest."
ransid (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 3, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "Took this for about a year and it was highly effective. Boosted my mood and rid of most my anxiety in just a week of starting it. Only thing was it made me sick at first but I switched to taking it at night and I was fine! I'd recommend Celexa over anything."
anxiousaf (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 1, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I started this medication 2 1/2 years ago it has worked wonders for me. It took my anxiety away. I used to have panic attacks that would last for hours and hours I thought I was loosing my mind. This made me feel normal again I hadn't had an actual anxiety attack in over 2 years. Thank you Celexa."
kavsp November 27, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "When my doctor suggested I have anxiety, at first I was hesitant to try Celexa. I had always attributed my symptoms to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, allergies and chronic back and hip pain. I held my prescription for three weeks before deciding to try it. I have been taking 20 mg for 7 days. I have not had to take a muscle relaxer or a strong pain reliever in a week because although I still feel a little discomfort in my back, it's not so bad anymore. Added benefit."
Ladyflyer7 (taken for less than 1 month) November 16, 2014
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For Depression: "It took a good month to start feeling like myself again. In the beginning I was so tired and just wanted to sleep all day (of course wasn't sleeping good at night). I did notice right away how my anxiety decreased and I wasn't snappy or having panic attacks anymore. I had a flat affect for about a month and that felt strange to not feel anything. Its been almost two months and overall I would say this medicine definitely helped make me feel more like myself again. I still a have rough moments but am able to get through the day a lot better. I don't recommend drinking while taking this medicine."
nickname smb November 15, 2014
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For Depression: "I honestly can't praise this medication enough. I had previously been on fluxeotine which sent me into overdrive and in turn I had what I would class as a breakdown. I needed to come off them and I didn't have high hopes for much else. Citalopram did everything I wanted it to. Stopped the tears and allowed me to get back into a sleep pattern. Yes after a year or so I think I may have became somewhat numb to some things but this was far better than what was happening previously. I stayed on the medication 8 months after the symptoms disappeared as advised and have now been off meds for a year and still feel very positive. I have my down days and tears but handle situations far better. I must state that medication alone will not work."
1991Emjay (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 13, 2014
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For Anxiety and Stress: "Having suffered from anxiety for a while I finally plucked up the courage and went to the doctor. I was sceptical at first but citalopram has been such a fantastic thing. 4 months on my anxiety has Completely gone, I'm back to how I used to be a few years ago. No side affects except for the first week I didn't sleep as well as I used to but now I sleep better than ever. Whoever is reading this and is indecisive about taking Citalopram all I say is give it a go for a few months. The first 1-2 weeks you won't have much difference but it does get SO much better. I don't know what I would have done with out this."
Mikeross November 11, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I'm a 40 year old male that has taken Celexa for about 10 years now for aniexty. I take 40mg once a day. It works well to manage my anxiety. With the higher dose I take it can cause nausea for me if taken on an empty stomach. I also get sleepy for an hour or two after taking it so I take it at bed time. The only issue I've had is forgetting to take or running out of this medication. The withdrawl is pretty bad after about 4 days of not taking causing anxiety, dizziness, brain fog, "brain zaps", insomnia and flu like symptoms. Celexa has worked very well for me and would recommend it for treating anxiety. Just don't suddenly stop taking it. You have to slowly ween off."
Synchroduv (taken for 10 years or more) October 31, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I was too proud at first to try a medicine, but I'm so glad I did. It changed my life. My stress and anxiety stay managable and no major side effects except minor fatigue."
stressedoutnurse (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 29, 2014
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: "I started taking citalopram for 12 days. At first they started me with 10 mg but that didn't affect me at all so I went back to the doctor and they gave me 20 mg. I started to notice that my anxiety was getting worst which was the main reason why I started taking the pill and I also had some stress but I also notice that the hours between 2 to 10 pm my anxiety goes away for some reason. Yesterday was the first night in 2 weeks where I slept the whole night without a nervous feeling and today which is day 12 my anxiety through out the day hasn't really affected me. I actually woke up in the morning without the feeling of going to the hospital....hopefully every day gets better."
primetime22 (taken for less than 1 month) October 21, 2014
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For Depression: "I am now 31, degree graduate, with an addictive personality (GP diagnosed). This lead to a period of depression in my early 20's, including the use of LSD, that made me very withdrawn. It was around this time, I was first introduced to Citalopram by my GP. Finding I also had a hereditary depression, I was prescribed 20mg of Citalopram. This worked over a 1 month period, beginning with an initial 2 days of increase anxiety, dry mouth, feelings of dizziness, this was followed by a 'plateau' effect after 2 weeks, full recovery 1 month. I have since been on and off for 10 years now, with excess use of alcohol. I am calm but want to remove alcohol from my life. I intend to use Citalopram for this as advised, to help me adapt to an alcohol free life."
Rob1er (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 21, 2014
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