I was very bad depressed & having alot of anxiety. I was put on 20mg, then 40mg, then 60mg. I just didn't seem to get better. I am now on 40mg, taking 2 every morning. I have read that it really is not beneficial w/more mgs. I wondering if anyone is taking this amount & had any problems. I talked w/my doctor & said to continue with the 80mg & we will talk more about it on my next visit. I, also, take 0.25mg of Xanax when needed.
Hello bhouse. It truly varies in as much as a individuals dose. Old tale, we all respond differently. As we age, our bodies are more in tune to the various drugs. More so in regards to psychiatric ones, because they work on the brain and as we age, this organ also ages. Your dose is high bit not uncommonly so. I know of where people are over (often almost double) or near, close to the FDA/manufacturers recommendations. I believe that once your depression eases, your doctor will decide what adjustment, if any she/he will perscribe. Just to add if you are feeling comfortable on the dose, and no side effects that are bothersome to the point of not wanting, willing to take the Celexa, I believe you will be fine. Regards pledge
I must share that taking more than the recommended maximum which is 40mg of Celexa can be dangerous. The FDA has warned practitioners of the connection between Celexa greater than 40mgs and heart problems. I would recommend you ask your doctor about this and if he is unaware ask him to investigate. You can google "Celexa and heart problems" and read about the FDA warnings and recommendations published back in 2011 concerning this issue.
Hi, 80mg is a very high dose and i can't help be concerned for you! I take 60mg Celexa/Citalopram and am constantly being warned about my dosage and the side effects that it can carry. Especially heart disease/deterioration. 40mg is the maximum dosage suggested to be prescribed now. It changed over the last year or 2. It was early 2011 that i was increased to 60mg from 40mg. A pharmacist i visited recently has refused to dispense another prescription for Citalopram at that dose. I am currently working with my doctor to reduce some of my medications and i think this one will be next. Personally i have found that a combination of medications is better for me/treats my depression best. Maybe you could discuss this with your doctor? I'm very surprised that he is happy to keep you on 80mg.
Hello, I take celexa and recently asked my psychiatrist if she could increase the dose as I have been having severe anxiety and she told me No, bc not only is it not beneficial over 40 mg, but also she said it can increase chance of a stroke with doses over 40 mg. Just as Delila mentioned trying a combination of meds may help. Let your Dr know about this medication as 80 mg is way to high of a dose. Curious if your Dr is a GP or Psychiatrist?
Best of luck to you ... pamee
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