My Doctor put me on Celexa @ 10mg a day yesterday. I took it for the first time today, but I'm really scared after reading all the reviews. I'm only 22 years old, and I am reading about people on these meds including celaxa for years and years... My Doctor prescribed these to help treat my anxiety, which causes me trouble breathing. He says my depression is causing my anxiety so he rather treat the base of the problem, which makes sense. But am I now a prisoner for life?
Hi Pandagirl, Because of the ease of using the internet, I think sometimes people read up too much on medications, and this can create unwarranted fear. I know I've done the exact same thing. Everybody reacts in different ways to different drugs. If you know your doctor well enough to trust him, and it sounds as though his course of treatment is logical, I wouldn't project problems. I also wouldn't worry about being a "prisoner for life". If I were you, I would try the meds your doctor recommends, and see for myself how they work, rather than reading reviews that might plant psychological seeds of fear. You're just giving yourself something else to be anxious about. Try to relax, keemo7
It's normal to worry about new meds, but Keemo is right. You have to realize that the side effects that you read about are only known POSSIBLE side effects. Not everyone gets because meds react differently for each individual. You should give the Celexa time to help you (it usually takes about 4-6 weeks before you start noticing a change) and if you don't feel it is helping, then by all means talk with your doctor and see if he/she can suggest something else. Also, FYI, you should realize that Celexa causes dry mouth so you'll want to keep hard candy and/or gum on hand to help you deal with this. Good luck and don't worry (I know, that's easy for someone else to say). I hope this has helped and don't be afraid to come back anytime and post. God bless.
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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