I had a horible time years ago with wd's from effexor and have been anti depressant shy ever since. I've got alot going on in my life right now and PTSD and I already take .5 of xanax 3 times a day. (don't wana go any higher) So... my dr gave me a script for celexa 20 mg about a month ago and said it would help with insonmia, anxiety, etc even if I just took it when I felt I really needed it, but everything online tells me you won't feel effects from this med until at least two weeks of treatment. So... Love my Doc... but could it be she gets extra incentive for prescribing this Rx?
It is me again, lol. My experience with antidepressants is that you have to have a theraputic level in your blood for them to work. To do this requires taking everyday for a period of time not as needed. It can take as much as a month for an antidepressant to work for your anxiety and insomnia. So I don't have a clue what is up with the doctor saying to take as needed.
What does the bottle directions say? Just curious. You can also ask the pharmacy about this.
As far as withdrawls from an anitdepressant, as long as you taper slowly over much time, the withdrawls will be minimal.
This wont help the OP since it was so long ago but maybe it will help the next person wondering. Ive been taking celexa for 8 years. As needed. The first time I took it, I noticed a difference in me within 20 minutes. At the time, I was dealing with a traumatic experience and was crying nearly all the time. Celexa helped me tremendously. Within a week, i felt better so I stopped taking it. And from that point on i only took if if i started feeling overwhelming sadness. Of course my doctor said it took a minimum of 2 weeks to get into my system. Except it didnt. It works the same way for my daughter. She said it was as if a veil of calm decended upon her about 15 minutes or so after taking it. Maybe we're just different somehow but im glad theres a doctor out there that knows it can work for some on an as needed basis. I have never felt drugged or high on it. It just makes me feel normal again I take 20mg and its truly a magic pill for me. Ive gone as long as a year without needing one and most times many months pass between doses. Im dealing with another major horrible situation and have started taking them again. Today makes 2 days in a row. Ill know tomorrow if ill need another. Unfortunately, i likely will since the situation is not in my control and is a heartbreaking, life changing ordeal. Depending how it ends will determine if ill be able to not take them for awhile again.
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