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Celexa (citalopram) for Panic Disorder: I have been using Celexa for a little over a year now. I was really going through some very stressful situations. Over the years I have been on other medications and was taken off after about a year. I had got to the point that I was having chest pains and could not stand to be around people. I did not want to leave the house. This medication has worked wonders for me. I enjoy being around people now and I no longer have chest pains and I no longer shake like I am freezing. I would recommend Celexa to anyone that needs it.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Citalopram has given me my life back. I was nervous, panicky, overwhelmed by thoughts, feeling vulnerable, at times even agrophobic and like I couldn't cope. Now I would describe myself as fairly confident, happy and self-assured. I still have some bad days but generally Citalopram has made all the difference. I have also had therapy and joined classes such as confidence building and positivity. These classes have also made a significant difference to me. No real side effects from citalopram either, except dry mouth and feeling thirsty - which really isn't a problem.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I went on 20mg of Celexa following a nervous breakdown my senior year of high school. Into my first semester at college, I realized that while I was on this medicine, I just didn't care about anything. I was lethargic and tired all of the time and I could never participate in my classes. I went on for a while being almost completely unaware of my surroundings until I started experimenting a little with it. I would go off of it for a few days and when I begun feeling down again, I would resume. Obviously, this had horrible consequences and I found myself in the acute care department the night before my calculus midterm. Following the incident, I went to my doctor and insisted that I be phased off Celexa and since then, have been fine.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I was prescribed this medicine for stress and anxiety to take along with my clonazepam. Have been on Celexa for only two days now and am having bad sexual side effects (unable to orgasm). Will stop this medicine asap.
Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I used Celexa years ago. Went off of it, for almost 8 years and then started school again. I'm now 26. I had a really bad experience of hyperventilating and passing out due to stress, I was afraid to take anything, but after a year of suffering I decided it's time. My therapist suggested going back on the Celexa and since then I'm on 10 mg once a day and it has helped me a lot. I have been on it for 1 month, I definitely feel better not 100 percent though. I think I might need to up it to 15 mg or 20 mg to feel 100 percent but I don't want to be completely zoned out. We will see I have a final tonight that is going to make or break me in a class, so it may just be today. Celexa has saved my life.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: This medicine is not for me. I only took it for three nights and I started throwing up, seeing things that were not there. I have a huge headache, felt like I was hit by a truck. Have been getting cold sweats and just felt like I was going to die. My heart rate jumped up to 175 and I normally run at 86ish. I have not been able to eat and I sleep but not like I used to. I am asleep but I hear everything. This medicine is not for me. I hope other people have better luck..
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I've been taking Celexa for about 9 months. I am a professional football player and developed a very unproductive phobia after a series of negative situations stressful situation. I used to execute certain plays with no problems but after I blew several games executing a particular type of play, I became fearful of this play during games, even though I could execute the play perfectly in practice. I went on Celexa, but I don't think it helped much because the phobia is still there and I get very uncomfortable just thinking about executing this play. I started on 10, then 20, 30, 40 and settled on 30mg. Others around me have commented I'm easier to be around but it did not help my phobia whatsoever.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Panic Disorder: I was in a really bad spot with the constant anxiety and panic attacks. It was affecting every aspect of my life negatively. At first I slept a lot, which wasn't necessarily bad since I hadn't been sleeping anyway. Sex was a little off, but at least I feel a lot better and don't feel like I could jump out of my skin 24 hours a day. I hate that I have to take something, but it's much better than the alternative!
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Celexa (citalopram) for Postpartum Depression: Celexa worked wonders for my postpartum depression. My depression stated later than normal, my child was 9 months. At first I felt "out of it", like I couldn't concentrate. After a week that went away. I also have mild OCD and it helped that too. I did gain a little weight and was craving food more. My husband says he noticed a good change in me, better mood.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I was prescribed Celexa a week ago. At first I had trouble sleeping, and horrible headaches and very tired during the day but now I'm starting to sleep better and not be as tired during the day. I also find myself not being as stressed out. I hope to see more results.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I took this to help with a personal issue at work. I am a teacher of 17 years and never lose control as some situations which I had little to no control caused me to have an anxiety attack. The doctor prescribed 20 mg Celexa and half of the pill for 6 days then a whole 20 mg. Day 1 I did not get sick but at work I was very calm and easy as I am like that 90 percent of the time without medicines anyway but things tend to bother me and I keep them bottled up and hidden inside, which caused me to have the anxiety attack. This is day 2, I did take the other half of the pill. I will see how it goes for today. I am thinking of only taking the pill as needed as I tend to hold on to the negatives in my life. I believe Celexa will help me greatly.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: I took Celexa for the 2nd time today and threw up within 1 hour. The first time same thing. For some odd reason I am yawning more that usual and every time I yawn I want to throw up. It causes severe upset stomach and causes it to come out both ends. I sure hope this stops soon or I would rather deal with anxiety and stress alone because this is far worse.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I have been on Celexa for five months. Started at 20mg. After three weeks, my anxiety went away. I was no longer hesitant to leave my house, or afraid to make a simple phone call or check my email. (I used to have to prepare myself mentally for an hour just to go to the grocery store, because the thought of getting dressed, stepping outside, driving the car, parking, etc., would overwhelm me.) For a while I felt so good, better than ever. I was free! I felt "normal." When I needed to go to the grocery store, I hopped in the car and did it with little thought or fear. Felt great! But alas, five months later, now on 40MG, my anxiety is coming back, good times are over.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I have used Celexa and its generic since 2001. I had suffered from undiagnosed anxiety and depression for years before seeking therapy and medication. At first Celexa was a godsend. In the space of 3 weeks I went from 8 severe anxiety attacks a day less than 8 in the last 9 years. I became more outgoing and confident as a result. I did and continue to have side effects. The long terms effects are basically flat effect, weight gain, increased appetite (I don't need either of those) and sexual indifference. The later is very difficult to live with as you might imagine. I have tried to ween myself off Celexa once, in 2005, and it was an unqualified disaster. I guess I'm a "lifer".
Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I started taking Celexa almost a month ago after having gone off Lexapro because (of course) I thought I was feeling good and thought maybe but I went back down the rabbit hole of my depression which has been with me for most of life. I was worried about Celexa after reading a lot of message boards but I have experienced virtually no side effects - just a little blurred vision and sleepiness at first but that went away. I feel so much better. I feel even and stable and positive and the best part is that my libido has actually INCREASED which is incredible because Lexapro worked well but kind of ruined my ability to "finish" so I think everyone is different and it's all about finding the right cocktail. Good luck everyone!
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Celexa (citalopram) for Anxiety and Stress: Not fond of the sexual side effects (making it harder to orgasm), and it caused excessive sweating! However it did work very well for managing my anxiety. The only negative were the side effects.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I've been taking citalopram for about 8 months now for mild depression and anxiety. I started off taking 10mg and have slowly increased to 30mg. I haven't noticed any change in my low grade depression, but have noticed that I'm less anxious in social situations. I'm going to stop taking it after talking to my doctor because the side effects aren't worth it for me. I sweat profusely which offsets the social anxiety benefit as it embarrasses me to be so sweaty (it's summer in South Carolina). I'm also really tired all the time and constantly crave food. So far I've gained 15lbs since starting citalopram. Overall, the minor benefit doesn't outweigh the crappy side effects I'm having.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I started using Celexa in 2005 following the death of my best friend and other things that I could no longer cope with. I had suffered from depression on and off since I was a teenager.
Some of the side effects I initially experienced was fatigue and dry mouth - that went away...then the excessive sweating started. After a while, I tried to go off it because I thought "well I'm feeling normal, and I'm tired of constant sweating". I started the slow weaning off process and bugger all, I felt myself getting more and more withdrawn and the excessive moodiness and depressed thoughts were coming back. Went back on it.
It's helped me immensely, but like any pharmaceutical - doesn't have the same effects on everybody. It's working for me!
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I didn't really have a chance to find out if this medication lifted my mood, as I got really bad side effect of flatulence! It was terrible and very embarrassing I had to come off it after 5 days.
Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: I was in a marked crosswalk when a person ran the Red Light & T-Boned me, pushing me into on-coming traffic, right in front of 2 Portland Police cars.
I was knocked out for two days in ICU.
When I woke up, I found that I could not use my Left Hand, and I WAS Left Handed.
I had other injuries too, but after being Left Handed for 60 yrs, and 32 of those years I was a Computer Designer.
After about a year of tests and 2 failed operations, none of the doctors could fix the nerve damage to my hand.
I had to retire from work. Learning only the basic skills with my right hand, which was also damaged. I became very depressed. I am now up to 80MG a day, and it has helped me a lot.
I am also on 20MG of oxycodone every 4 hours for constant pain.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Panic Disorder: I have always struggled with Generalized Anxiety but a year and a half ago I had an awful panic attack out of no where and have been controlled with panic attacks ever since. I switched to Celexa because Zoloft did not seem to be working anymore. I have been on Celexa for 2 weeks and still feel anxious. I am also suffering from insomnia and body jerks when I am trying to fall asleep. I just found out I am pregnant so I had to stop taking Klonopin and I am weening off Celexa. I am so excited about the pregnancy but so nervous about my panic and anxiety. I am planning on intense cognitive therapy to help me through the next 9 months. I pray for a healthy and panic free pregnancy! Celexa did not seem to do the trick for me.
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Celexa (citalopram) for Depression: When I am not on some kind of medication I feel crazy, angry, and tons of anxiety, and always for no reason! I took Celexa for about 4 months and people noticed a huge difference in me. I stopped for 2 weeks and had felt crazy again. I went back on it and it just didn't seem to help anymore.
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