I was given Celexa for depression, I'm just unsure if I want to try it, I know I need something now,i have been given other anti depression medication over the years but when I read possible side effects it scared me off, any suggestions?
In reality that long list of side effects is made when only 1 person reports something. There is no reason to suspect you'll have any of them. Many people take these meds without problems. When there are side effects in the beginning they are generally mild and go away when you are used to the med.
I tell people never to read all the side effects on any new medication. If you have questions about the reactions you may experience then ask your doctor. A drug company pretty much lists everything possible to cover their own bottoms from law suits. If any of these things happen to one person it will be listed, without knowing what else is wrong with the person. I've taken Celexa for years and it's done wonders for me! Take the medication and quit reading the side effects, if you experience anything odd, call the doctor. Don't scare yourself with the drug companies 5 pages of side effects, it would be 1 in a million that you'd experience any of them
After taking Zoloft for awhile and having to increase the dose without improvement, I was switched to Celexa. I've been on it for years and I've really liked it. I do know that if you happen to take your pills too far apart (ex. 30 hours instead of 24) or miss a dose, I have always experienced a bad "shutter effect," which feels like the very beginning of a withdrawal. I've had to go a couple days without it before (pharmacy refill problem) and I was not doing well. Unfortunately, I am now switching anti-depressants again because I'm in a low place and my 60mg of Celexa aren't cutting it anymore...
So, be sure to take your pills around the same time and know it may not continue to help as much if you take it for a long, long time. Other than that, I have really liked it and I really didn't have bad side effects with it. Only that it could make you tired; some people prefer to take it at night, so just monitor that. I hope my answer helps and I hope the Celexa helps you!
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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