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Celexa Rating Summary

7.4/10 Average Rating

317 Ratings with 269 User Reviews

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"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."

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

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"THANK god for this drug. I can honestly say they have completely turned my life around. Striking a conversation with an old friend or a stranger used to be incredibly awkward and I would over analyze my words. Now, I’m completely comfortable talking to anyone and I really don’t seem to be bothered by a whole lot. I really do believe this drug has not only changed my life but it has saved my relationship and done wonders for my social life. I have switched to Cipralex due to some side effects, I feel it has the same benefits as Celexa but is much cleaner. For anyone in the beginning stages of this drug, (especially experiencing no libido, digestive issues, insomnia), please just stick it out, I PROMISE it gets much better!"

   
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BG123 March 18, 2016

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"I was prescribed 20mg citalopram for anxiety and depression. It helped out immensely for keeping me calm, never stressed, and it helped me sleep well at night. However, it killed my libido and has made me emotionless. It didn't help my social anxiety very much. I can go out and not be a nervous wreck, but I can't enjoy myself. I feel like a walking zombie for most of the day, but my appetite is normal. What bothered me the most is, I can't hold a conversation with the people I love the most. I didn't have the enthusiasm to talk to my husband like I used to. I've been on this drug for 2 weeks. It killed my libido on my second day of taking it. I'm going to taper down to 10mg and see how I feel."

   
6.0

MLBA1989 (taken for less than 1 month) March 3, 2016

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"This is VERY tricky to evaluate. My new doc raved about as it had helped her. "They should pipe it right into the water supply!" She squealed. Well... I would rather be clear and sad, than in a zombie-twilight world. 20mg after 2 weeks and I am fed up. Utterly impossible to climax and have an orgasm. And believe me-I tried! 2nd-My girlfriend noticed that I completely stopped playing and practicing guitar! And I am a pro. It's just too dangerous of a mind drug, and perhaps only suitable in extreme situations like death of a family member. Certainly not for just being in a rut, sadness or the blues. It will just zombie you out. Glad I experienced it. Time to move on with life. Without a brain fog chemical. Orgasms are a sign of life"

   
2.0

Mike Pulse February 27, 2016

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"The citalopram finally made me start feeling less depressed. I was put on a low dose of 10mg daily along with bupropion. They work really well together, but sadly I couldn't afford to keep taking the bupropion."

   
7.0

bnbloomi76 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 20, 2016

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"This med has helped me (male, 50) considerably to deal with depression and panic attacks. I experienced the usual side effects of night sweating and still have some occasional sweaty palms and some yawning. After beginning, my depression initially got worse, but 8 weeks later I feel better-balanced. I switched to taking the med after dinner. I tried 40mg with no additional benefits, only more tired, then back to 20mg. It does take several weeks to reach effectiveness, so be patient if you don't feel immediate improvement."

   
8.0

g one (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 14, 2016

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"I have been taken citalopram since I'm 19 years old, after an acute life event. I started with 20mg a day po which helped me for over 1 year. After 1 year I felt that my depression is coming back so I talked to my physician and we increased the daily dose to 40mg po. I am now taking this medication for over 6 years and for me its the one and only medication that helps. Yes I have had some side effects like loosing weight (15 pounds) trouble sleeping (5-6 h) a day max. and insomnia. But still I can finally start living my normal life which I could not do without this medication. I work as a Rn in a ED and see a lot of patients with depression, ptsd (like me) or other problems who don't take any medications, which I would not recommend..."

   
9.0

Julesrn February 8, 2016

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"My daughter took this drug. Side effects, experiencing past two days and I don't know how many more days: Continual boxing w/ arms, can't sit still, can not sleep, races around her room. she describes her condition right now as horrific, can not take this any longer. I am very concerned about her, she lives 5 states away from me. I would not recommend this drug for anyone. Doctor described her condition as Akathesia. Horrible!!"

   
1.0

Hef January 26, 2016

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"I was put on Celexa for Depression, Bipolar as well as my OCD (Onsessive Compulsive Disorder). I start off taking 10mg and then later upgraded to 20mg but my experience wasn't entirely the greatest. The Celexa aggravated my OCD ticks making them occur more frequently which automatically raised my level of anxiety and stress. I am always tired and feel like a complete zombie, I find it tiring to even laugh and smile. My appetite has increased drastically, I pretty much never stop eating. And it has really affected my bipolar making me very irritable. Ever since I've been on Celexa I've had many child-like tantrums where I have gotten physically violent. This pill wasn't for me. I am currently still on Celexa but am being weened off of it."

   
2.0

Haleydarlingnc (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 22, 2016

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"Changed and SAVED my life..."

   
9.0

TAR12 January 19, 2016

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"I've been on and off for 9 years and I'm 25. I have been on 10mg before and am currently on 5mg. I went off it for a while and I find that I am able to laugh harder but also feel deeper sadness without them. They stabilize me. I get to a very dark place without just that 5mg to keep me level. I would rather be a bit unable to express emotion than over emotional. I struggle with anxiety, paranoia and low stress tolerance. It helps me live somewhat normally. Higher doses make me feel robotic, unable to process my own emotion. I am sensitive to meds and so 5mg (half of the minimum dose) helps me! The therapeutic dose is 20mg, and for me that would lessen the quality of my life as I would be unable to feel emotion. I love it celexa. Try it."

   
9.0

Chevio1990 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 5, 2016

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"I have had a lifelong struggle with depression. I had a precious baby 4 months ago and began to struggle with Postpartum Depression. I thought if I lost the baby weight I'd feel better. I got put on Phentermine which sent me into a downward spiral and the worst depression of my life! I went to the Dr 6 days after starting phentermine and he took me off of phen and put me on Celexa 10mg. Within 2-3 days, I felt so much better! My husband and I were arguing every other day before treatment and we haven't had a single disagreement since I started 3 weeks ago. We are both so happy with my results. My side effects have been not being able to sleep and I'm always hungry. So far I haven't had weight gain but I've really had to have self control."

   
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chandlertn January 2, 2016

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"Celexa seems to be effective and works ok. It picks me up in the morning and helps a little. The effect lessens over time when I continued to take it. I take Effexor on the side of that and it really works. It's not powerful, it's mild but does lessen depression. Not the best."

   
4.0

CB552 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 1, 2016

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"Initially, Celexa seemed to be a drug designed for me. The abysmal lows and occasional glimpses of normality eventually gave way to an emotional state that was calm with no anxiety. On the other hand, there were no highs just the flatline sense of calm. From the beginning un try il about the 2 year mark my serenity became so overwhelming that paying bills, house cleaning, checking the oil, getting to work on time, making and going to doctor appointments and a dozen other aspects of daily life all became unimportant. Nothing disturbed me, overdue notices, collection calls, etc. This went on for about two years until I reached the height of serenity and then began an ugly, violent, self-destructive and ultimately suicidal state of mind."

   
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wvdep (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 22, 2015

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"2 yrs ago my oldest daughter was murdered and then this year I went through a divorce. My youngest daughter lost her job and moved in. I'm on disability and mounting stress was huge. I also am also in chronic pain due to degenerative disc disease. Finely I went to my Dr and said I give in. She put me on 10 mg of this med and first 2 wks I slept all the time but now I'm noticing a change and feel a little more level. Anxiety is still here but not as bad.. I do suffer headaches and sleep long and hard and have a huge increased appetite ugh.... But overall I'm feeling better and more positive . Glad I gave it a chance."

   
7.0

kamdebbi December 9, 2015

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"Dr just put me on 20 2x a day with 1 mg Ativan PRN. I was on Zanex 1 mg 2x a day I have been through the worst thing a parent can go through losing a child 12 years ago she was 8 then I'm a widow now lost my husband 5 years ago he was 41. I see a psychiatrist huh nothing mends a broken heart but I will keep trying what the Dr keeps putting me on"

   
4.0

Sad150 (taken for less than 1 month) November 30, 2015

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"Ejaculation impaired unable to climax"

   
6.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) November 26, 2015

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"Well, for the longest time I was on 20 mg and I felt okay. Which was a lot better than the constant anxious mood I was in and I could finally go to school. The last 3 weeks, I was on 40 mg after trying Wellbutrin and having a terrible reaction to it. But in the two days that I came off of celexa, only taking 20 mg again, I had the worst withdrawal symptoms. It might work for you but after a while it didn't work for me."

   
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Boopbadoop (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 15, 2015

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"I've only been on celexa for a month, I am 5'5" and I was 112lbs and they put me on 10mg, but it didn't help at all, it made me start having panic attacks and anxiety attacks again I'm also on klonopin ((1mg twice a day)) for panic disorder and adderall ((20mg XR in the morning and 10mg IR at lunch time)) for inattentive adhd), I haven't been any less depressed, and I'm 99lbs now and they just doubled my dose to see if that will work. I really hope it does, because right now I absolutely hate it. I've been eating more than I normally do but losing weight rapidly, and I'm already underweight. Celexa so far makes me feel like I'm on the verge of falling asleep almost 24/7; the rest of the time is when I'm having anxiety and panic attacks."

   
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Caden Gordon November 14, 2015

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"I've only been on it a week. I have had no major side effects...... slight insomnia. Appetite is fine and no weight gain as of yet. It pulled me out of this dark hole I was in. I felt numb and cold too the world. I'm happy now and can't help but smile and enjoy my life and everyone in It. I truly hope this continues too work. its been a life saver. I hope this helps someone else."

HAppy freakin camper (taken for less than 1 month) November 3, 2015

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"I was on celexa 20 mg for depression. It helped great with my anxiety symptoms, but not well for depression. My doctor recommended I take it because I am on the anxious-side of depression, and it really helped with those symptoms - overthinking, freaking out over every little thing. My boyfriend told me I became a lot less intense and irritable. It did not help my loss of energy and fatigue and low-motivation and I still had suicidal thoughts. The first week I started on 10 mg and experienced no change or side-effects. I moved to 20 mg and it made me worse for about a week, then my anxiety symptoms got better. I am switching to bupropione because I need help with depression symptoms."

   
4.0

khaleesikatie (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 31, 2015

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"Celexa works great for Depression. Most days I feel fine but there are other days where I feel as though I was out partying all night messed up on drugs. Like an acid trip if you know what I mean. It has made me kind of numb to the things that were bringing me down but unfortunately I suffer from all the side affects."

   
6.0

Anonymous October 25, 2015

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"I have been on Celexa for about two months now and the first two days I had insomnia really bad, but then it got better as time went on. My depression is somewhat balanced, but I do have continued anxiety and stress. I went to my Doctor's today and had my weight checked and in less than a month I have gained 12 lbs; I was shocked! I was told it could be from the Celexa, so now I'm slowly weaning myself off of that as I try my new medication; Wellbutrin. All in all, Celexa is good, and if it weren't for the weight gain I would have stayed on it. Everybody's body is different and it just wasn't the right medication for me."

   
7.0

ropeitup99 (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 7, 2015

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"I have suffered from depression my entire life it seems like. I've been on many, MANY anti-depressants. But this one works like a charm. The only bad thing about it is - if you go cold turkey for a few days because you run out, or forget to take it you can tell a definite difference. It makes you extremely sick. Never go cold turkey but I recommend this medication to any and everyone with depression who have tried many medications."

   
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Shelbay (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 5, 2015

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"I have only been taking Celexa 20mg for about a week. My only complaint is that it makes me EXTREMELY drowsy like a Zombie and slight stomach cramps so I started taking it at night and I am considering cutting the tablet in half. However, I have had depression for most of my adult life and like others I was against medication but I could not take it any longer. I do feel a slight improvement I am not numb anymore but I think I need to give it more time to get the full effect."

   
6.0

Rose818 September 28, 2015

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