I have been on Celexa 40mg for some time now. I am beginning to feel like its no longer working. My depression is getting worse and it's really taking me down. I'm fighting hard just to keep my head above water. My pain is becoming insufferable. I'm going to see my doctor soon but would welcome some suggestions to take with me. I've never felt so low in years. I'm struggling right now worse than ever before. If anyone has ideas, please help me. I'm of no use to anyone here right now. That's why I haven't been around. I dearly appreciate everyone's help right now
I need advice regarding depression?
- 2 Oct 2012 by Tee6759
- 3 October 2012
Hi, sorry things are so hard for you right now. It may be helpful to add another medication to the Celexa, or change medication. It isn't recommended to increase Celexa past 40mg. I am on 60mg but i was prescribed that 2 years ago and it is frowned upon now because of the risks of heart disease associated with it. I currently take 2 anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic,combinations can work very well for some people. Do you have a psychiatrist or counsellor you can speak to?
Hello Tee. I feel for you. Depression takes a lot out of a person and you are in a struggle. I believe its time to change medication (circumstances permitting) If its possible, I suggest you might ask your doctor about a MAOI. They are a more powerfull form of antidepressant, have diet restrictions, but as a whole, have a high rate of success. More often than not, people once on them do very well and remain on them. Best of wishes to you and let us know how your doctors visit goes, pledge
My heart goes out to you. I know how you are feeling to some extent. We are all so different but yet with chronic major depression, we are in many ways alot alike. I hope that made better sense to you than it did me :-)
With the pain, it does ecasperate the depression and vs.. I agree with others that you need an additional antidepressant or something to boost the Celexa or to change meds. completely. I have been on and off most all the antidepressants out there and it takes time to find what works best for "us".
You need to write down, if you can, what you are feeling and call your doctor and tell him you are not comfortable and need to take it all back to the drawing board.
I wish I could give you more but I can't. Other than to say, I know the feeling and although you are feeling the worst ever, it may be the beginning the doctor needs to find what will work for you. Whatever you do, keep reminding yourself, you are not alone and you will feel better again. Tell your doctor what you feel and need!!! That's his job and duty to you as his patient.
And.. never think you are not help to someone else as everything we read on this board is a learning experience. Including your asking for help.
As always... Janet
Hey Tee, I feel so bad for you!! You have been through more than one person deserves to ever experience, yet you come everyday, and try and make others feel better through it all!! Thank you for that!! I don't know much about antidepressant medications, except that they all have side effects, and what works for one person, doesn't necessarily work for another. I also know that they stop working after awhile, and you have to use another. Also, contrary to what others say, you can go back to an older antidepressant that worked on you before, and use it again if it has been some time since the last usage. (generally a few years or so). Others say no, that doesn't work, but again, EVERYONE reacts differently to these meds, so who is to say what is right and what is wrong.
I have read many studies about the effectiveness of antidepressants, and one thing comes up time after time. Exercise and talk therapy are just as effective, if not better than pills alone. I KNOW how much pain you are in, and I totally understand if you cannot exercise, (besides, who EVER wants to exercise when you feel so lousy??) BUT, a short walk everyday, possibly twice a day can do wonders. I say this from personal experience. I am not talking about a mile, I am talking about going to the end of the block and back. You have to start from where you are. Perhaps only to the next house, or out to the mailbox and back. I am not talking about doing a marathon, just what you CAN do. Start slowly, and SLOWLY build yourself up. Also, you need to talk to someone. Ideally it should be a professional, but realistically, it is not always possible. I know, we can't afford that, and our health insurance has decided that psychologists are not worth their investments. They will pay for pills galore, but not solutions to problems. In those cases we have to find friends such as here, who understand exactly what you are going through, and talk to them getting out your frustrations. Depression is anger turned inward. You have every reason in the world to feel angry. You had a job, you worked hard everyday of your life, and now you feel as if your life is out of control, and you are not an active member of society. You feel like you are worthless, which is not true, but that is how you feel. I know, I went through the same thing when I first had to give up my job, and I couldn't understand why me. I defined myself through my career, and all of the sudden, I was a nobody in pain, that no one understood, not my family, lost all my friends, and was told that I was drug seeking. It took me many years to work through all that! Many psychologists (when insurance covered them, and we had money to pay), many antidepressants, and much anger toward the kids who hit me. I understand, but YOU have to learn to work through these things, and not a pill in the world will help you do that.
I am not saying that antidepressants don't have their place, they do. I am saying that there are other options besides another pill that have to be addressed. Best wishes to you my friend. Take care of yourself.
I haven't heard from you in awhile I am sorry that your depression is creeping up on you again. You know I am here for you anytime so send me a PQ & we can talk.
Sometimes just talking & getting things off your chest with friends really helps with depression.
I can't remember if you have been on Cymbalta or not but it has really helped me alot. What I suggest though is before you go to the Dr. write down all of the depression medication you have been on previously. That way the Dr. can see what you have already taken. It will help your Dr. to know what types have Not worked in the past.
I really want to help so send me a PQ so we can chat.
Take care, Kathy
My heart goes out to you. Depression is so painful, it runs all through my family so I therefore am an advocate the it is carried in the genes, some people will disagree with me but I believe I am correct. To help you I would suggest if possible a medicine change, it really sounds like your medicine has quit doing it's job, which unfortunately can and does happen. The important thing for you to do is write down exactly how you feel when you have some time at home before you see the doctor, this will help both him and you, sometimes it is just difficult to say how you feel in an doctor's office setting. Also it is very important to write down any drugs you have been on and how they helped or did not help, this will increase the chance of your doctor prescribing something that might actually work, he may possible suggest 2 meds which can work but honestly I am with Pledge on his suggestion, you will most likely get the most help that way. I do wish you the best and please keep us updated.
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