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Reviews for Citalopram to treat Anxiety and Stress
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Celexa (citalopram): I started this about a week ago and a few days afterwards I slightly felt like a new person. I could enjoy the weekend with my friends without worrying constantly about school or them judging me. Just yesterday the side effects began to kick in and now I feel back to my old self. I'm even moodier and depressed. I don't stress as much though. I fall asleep very early at night (8-9 compared to never being able to sleep) but now I have been waking up around 4 or 5 and not being able to sleep. I have very vivid dreams. I also have been extremely thirsty. My doctor said the side effects will even out. I'm excited for them to just so that I can start living normally again. (female)
Celexa (citalopram): I began Celexa after having a bad experience on Prozac. I did not see immediate results but I did see some improvement. The side effects were terrible! I had extremely vivid dreams that caused me to be very tired and hard to wake. I had decreased sex drive and lots of problems with memory loss.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Review by blonddraider (taken for less than 1 month):
Celexa (citalopram): sI began having severe panic and anxiety about 6 weeks after being on HRT and I.might add for the past 7 years. I was a wreck crying all the time I mean yes I miss my mom but she has been gone since 1999 an literally cry on a dime all day. I keep having weird mind spells that would b triggered by a familiar smell or sound an though they felt de sha vie ish they weren't just weird an scary thought I was going craZY. Finally went to doctors they did a bunch of test and he told me exactly why my panic disorder and anxieties were getting so bad, I have zero % of estrogen in body. The doct said hrt and hbp meds not primarily used to treat the panic and anxiety they do help control. Put me on 10 celexa and 0.25 x 2 xanax. I feel like a million!!!
27 users found this comment helpful.
citalopram: The medication did seize my anxiety and panic attacks, although with that in mind, I would never use it again because of the side effects. I was empty, emotionless, depressed, had no worries about others, had to fake a smile or laugh, I honestly felt so hollow - it's not fun. I think I spent more time thinking about death when I was on the medicine than off of it. It may be a great drug to start with helping your anxiety but I wouldn't stay on this for long. It changed me 100% and I am still suffering the changes. Also, if you don't have OCD now, it could start to develop during the treatment.
Review by blonddraider (taken for less than 1 month):
Celexa (citalopram): I just started the medication 10mg for 14 days then 20mg for
1 month then doctor wants to see me I have been diagnosed with anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, and depersonalization. I have been on the celexa for five days an although the doc told me it would be 3-4 weeks for full effect I smiled today, I don't feel heavy with thought, I feel like I will come back to me I didn't mind wander or get too into my head today. That's a great feeling, I think I'm going to be okay!
27 users found this comment helpful.
citalopram: I have been taking citalopram for about 4 months now and WOW what a difference it has made! I was starting to get really depressed and I have always struggled with social anxiety and never really knew always thought I was just shy (I was very shy as a child) I started taking this and within weeks I felt like a different person. I no longer get really nervous when talking to management at work. I let so many people in the past intimidate me. My husband has a lot of friends that I have not really taken the time to get to know just because I felt I was not as good as them and they were always judging me I felt uncomfortable around them. Now I have a great time with them. I wish I would have had this when I was in school would have changed my life!
Celexa (citalopram): I was prescribed 20 mg of Lexapro (I split in half) about a year ago and it did make me feel "Zombie Like" for the first couple days of taken it but i got used to it and it did help my anxiety A LOT. I was taken off it cause i was taken off of it about 4 months into taken it cause my insurance wouldn't cover it anymore. Its been about 6 months since I've taken something and my doctor decided to prescribe me 10 mg of Celexa. I took my first dose last night and I was kinda iffy about taking it and was scared for about 1 hour after taking it then I started feeling unscared and more realistic as I do suffer from Depersonilization too. As of right now being my 2nd day on Celexa I can say the side effects aren't as bad as Lexapro were.
10 users found this comment helpful.
citalopram: I have suffered with anxiety and depression for over 10 years. I get it in cycles and it would last for 3 months at a time.
I can't believe how stupid I was not to get help sooner.
I went to the DR and he gave me citalopram 10mg one a day. Within 5 hrs of the first pill the anxiety had decreased.
On week 5 and feel better.
The only side effects have been hot sweats from time to time and wanting to sleep. I think I'm on the mend.
citalopram: Update - I am now on day 9, 10 mg a day. I take them first thing in the morning and to be honest have so much energy and have not been eating... I am trying to eat small amounts but to be honest I could do with losing some weight. Started on these weighing 15stone I now weight 14s 8lbs... so that's good... The symptoms I have had are Jaw clenching, first few days anxiety not as bad but a little.... If I take 20 mg I feel a mess. I felt high whilst walking my dog and then had to turn home as I felt weird.... So for me 10 mg is enough... I am having Counselling as well and CBT. Stick with them I feel so much better than I did 9 days ago, tears, anxious, fed up,no energy.... now I am hopefull. good luck
citalopram: I have been on the medication for the last 3 months for depression. The first time I took the pill at 20mg it made me very thirsty, gave me restless sleep, very dizzy when standing from sitting, I felt "high" and was spaced out for the whole day I felt weird; especially while driving. I started to half the pills for the next month and gradually started taking the full dose. At this point I feel like the meds are working and my crying spells have decreased dramatically. I am no longer super snappy at my kid and have more patience in general. I still continue to have dry mouth from time to time about 2hrs after I take the meds.
Review by Zzzz22223344556677 (taken for less than 1 month):
citalopram: Started citlopram after severe panic attacks ,anxiety constant adrenaline rushes could never sleep at nights,could never leave my house but couldn't be alone either was such a severe case always physically sick and so weak.been on the meds 10mg for 2 weeks now and sleeping alot better also feeling very relaxed but have energy as well .great meds so far!!!!!!!!
Celexa (citalopram): I have suffered from treatment-resistant generalized anxiety disorder for over 15 years and have tried every treatment in the book (except for Celexa). Nothing worked. Before Celexa I was on Lexapro, which is supposedly the newer, more 'refined' version of Celexa, and felt horrible. About 6 months ago, I decided to switch over to Celexa and have never felt better. I felt a difference right away (within a day or two). I am finally back to my happy, bubbly, chatty self. Other SSRIs that cut my anxiety made me feel 'flat'. Not Celexa. On Celexa I'm still able to feel my emotions-I can laugh and cry (when appropriate)-without feeling overwhelmed by them. I take it in the morning and have so much energy all day. I highly recommend this medication.
87 users found this comment helpful.
Celexa (citalopram): I have been prescribed 10 mg and so far have felt ok. I don't feel overly hungry but really thirsty. This is day 4 and I am sleeping really well. This is a first for me I have always dealt with my anxiety on my own without any meds. This time it was so bad I had no choice. I feel relaxed and much more positive about each day.
58 users found this comment helpful.
citalopram: So far this medication's only flaws for me are, weight gain, and lack of ability to stay asleep which was a factor prior but seems to be enhanced. Well my doctor said those symptoms I'm experiencing are those of depression..and upped my dosage to 20mg. It's only been about a steady two months approx, a little less, and I feel better; I still feel anxiety which I would say comes with my depression but it doesn't bother me as much to go and be social as before.
Celexa (citalopram): I have been taking Celexa for 5 years and it is the best thing ever. I lost my business and marriage to anxiety and anger issues. For 2 years after I blamed everyone but myself, then started Celexa and have been a much better and much more successful person. I have noticed two side effects my appetite changes causing my weight to vary in the 5 to 10 pound range and sex has never been better. I do not crave it as much but when I do it much better. It lasts longer and has a bigger effect.
52 users found this comment helpful.
Review by jussynicole (taken for less than 1 month):
Celexa (citalopram): Celexa is very effective in my opinion. I have tried Lexapro and Paxil which made me horribly sick. I have had a few side effects since I am just starting it, but they are not that bad. I can tell they are there but I'm not stopped by them. The only effect I don't like is the sexual problems. They aren't kidding about it. Started affecting me on day 1. Getting better is worth it though. Please give it a try, even if you're nervous!
60 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Sharon Lawton from Ireland (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Celexa (citalopram): Been on this tablet about a month now. Even though my doctor said it won't take effect till about 6 weeks, it practically worked for me after a day because my nervous system would be very sensitive to any tablets. I'm on this tablet about a month now and to be honest it has taken away the majority of my anxiety, and panic attacks which I used to get severely. I still get flutters in my heart and rapid heart beat sometimes but nothing I can't handle. My dreams are really weird sometimes like really strange but that's to be expected I suppose. Took 20mg forgetting was supposed to take 10mg, was way too strong for me so on 10mg now, can function with that.
60 users found this comment helpful.
citalopram: I started this medication a year after my sibling passed away. Whether the death of my sibling caused my anxiety/depression..I'm not sure. But I have now been on this medication for four months and have noticed a change. It feels as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I used to have this constant fear every day and that has minimized. I'm not 100 percent, but I can tell this medication is working for me. The only side effect I've noticed is drowsiness. I started taking it at night rather than in the morning and I have felt so much better.
30 users found this comment helpful.
Celexa (citalopram): I feel better. But I feel that I can't focus. As well my left side of my face is tingling. I going to stop and call my doctor. This is not the first I taking this medication and never had this side effect.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Celexa (citalopram): I was suffering from extreme panic disorder, could barely leave the house, didn't think I would ever feel like myself again. I was put on Celexa and within a few weeks I started doing things that I thought I would never do again. I didn't think I would be able to go to college but with the help of Celexa I went off to college and felt like myself again after a few months. It was still a struggle at first, don't get me wrong, it is not magic, but it makes the panic manageable. I would definitely recommend the combination of this and CBT.
76 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Recovering Abuser (taken for 1 to 2 years):
citalopram: Some years ago I began physically abusing my children and wife as the exasperation I was feeling steered my thoughts into a cycle of negativity and emotional upheaval. The abuse, which I intellectually knew was wrong, would nonetheless arise in my "fits of rage," or decisions to become emotionally abusive. With cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and citalopram I am now nearly free from heralding such abuse upon those I love and I am so proud of myself as a husband, father.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Celexa (citalopram): Just started Celexa, and already I noticed the more feeling of calm, and calm is not something I think I've ever been, I get angered easy, upset, cry, feel overwhelmed, hopeless, feel better off dead, mood always up and down because of how many losses I have had in my life, feeling like a failure, you name it, I really hope this helps me long term. I've noticed a difference already and am optimistic.
173 users found this comment helpful.
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