I have been taking Celexa for a few months now, and I know a side effect is drowsiness, but I find myself falling asleep and sleeping for a longer period and have difficulty waking/being woken up.
Has anyone on Celexa experienced major drowsiness and trouble waking up(long periods of sleep)?
Question posted by tiredintn on 24 Oct 2011
Last updated on 29 August 2020 by hcbuie
Yes just started. Feel out of it and blah
I’m on Celexa and Wellbutrin and I’m still sleepy lol but I have noticed a difference in life.
I’ve been on Celexa for a few years and the fatigue/difficulty waking has only gotten worse. I’m fine once I eventually get going but getting up in the morning is insanely difficult. I just want to keep sleeping! I also find myself wanting to take naps later in the day and drinking a lot of caffeine. I tried going off of it and felt better at first but then the anxiety came back. I’m going to ask my doctor about a lower dose. I’m on 30 mg right now in combo with 200 mg of lamictal for the bipolar. Overall it’s been one of the most effective cocktails but the fatigue is extremely daunting. It’s hard to motivate to exercise or get things done that I know will improve my life. Fingers crossed things improve with a lower dose and forcing myself to exercise more often. Sorry to hear ya’ll are dealing with this too!
Yes! when first started Citalopram it took me 3 hours just to wake up and get out of bed. I had been taking 20mg daily and I felt so sluggish and low energy. I HAD to take a nap otherwise I'd be so sleepy I couldn't function. I hated feeling tired and knowing I still had to get stuff done. I had little motivation. I have kids and this feeling of fatigue, extreme sleepiness, and being tired all throughout the day wasn't good. I upped the dose to 40mg and the sleepiness got worse. I had to change medication. Once I got off citalopram I felt so much better. Just not being tired all the time and fighting through it has made me feel better.
It’s very possible that the medication isn’t working with people hence it’s making the depression symptoms worse. I find it to be the least harmful ssri around. Coupled with with a low dose anti psychotic it can be very effective.
Yes, my daughter takes it and is sleeping all day now. It just got worse and worse with the drowsiness. My father said something about it too when she would go over there to stay, she would end up sleeping most of the time. It's gotten to the point where she is sleeping 16+ hours a day. I'm going to take her off of it and talk to her doctor about trying Wellbutrin instead.
I had been on Celexa for almost 10 years. At first it was a miracle and I felt like my old self. I was able to concentrate and did a great job at work. I had energy and was making it to the gym almost everyday for 2 hours.
The past couple years I haven’t been able to figure out what’s been wrong with me. Everyday i would press the snooze button several times on my alarm. I needed an energy drink first thing in the morning just to wake up. Then I would still be tired and craved more caffeine during the afternoon. I stopped being able to concentrate at work and focusing on important tasks. About a year and a half ago my doctor upped my dosage to 60 mg instead of 40 mg. At first that helped with my mood but I was still very tired. I was convinced I had chronic fatigue or something. I would complain to my fiancé every couple days that I had a sore throat and just didn’t feel well overall.
I haven’t been doing as well at work and haven’t been making it to the gym after work because I’ve been too tired. I’d just want to nap. Doing the simplest task just took so much effort. I went back to my doctor and the dr prescribed me Trintellix. I did a cross taper off of the Celexa and onto the Trintellix. It’s been a week since I’ve been completely off the celexa but I no longer have a sore throat and don’t crave caffeine in the afternoon. I even had the energy to make it to the gym 4 of the last 5 days!
So glad I switched. Trintellix is 4x more expensive though but worth it if I’ll feel better.
Sometimes medicines stop working after a while.
I’ve tried Celexa twice and both times I came off it after about 3 months. I was taking very low dose (5 mg to start up to 10mg), and it caused extreme anxiety. The worst side effect is it caused me to have severe fatigue, and the fatigue never got better in fact it got worse. So bad I was calling in sick and being late to work because I couldn’t get out of bed. I haven’t had much luck with this drug for depression or anxiety (which is what it was prescribed for), but it did wonders for my IBS. I wish I could take it again for that but I can’t handle sleeping my life away.
I have been on Celexa for about a year and personally, the symptoms only worsened. I have stopped driving, after two accidents, and rarely leave my house for fear of falling. Naps have become a daily routine and still I'm tired!! I've experienced what I consider a plunge into severe depression. Oh, and the weight gain! 30 pounds in 18 months is what I experienced.
I've just quit it, cold turkey! I don't have time for a long withdrawal plan. Let it plunge me deeper temporarily. I just gotta get off this stuff. Moved 2 years ago and left my psyche doc. Headed back "home" to Indiana and my shrink!! Gotta love the Hoosier heartland!!
I have been on Celexa for over a year,,, want to say, i loved it at first, it stopped the constant tears, but I've hit a slump,, i really just want to sleep, well let me say, i sleep all day and am awake all night but , I have no energy.. no 'want to' i have a lot of pain that makes it hard to do much,,, but,, still. i just don't want to,, i take my Celexa at about 4 am,,, go to sleep about 7 am,, wake up about 3 pm... just can't seem to find a good, system,,,
I have taken Celexa for a while, for probably the last 10 years. It didn't seem to make me tired but I'm experiencing serious drowsiness and tiredness NOW. I wondered which one of my medicines was making me feel this way. I also take allergy medicine and started taking that about a year ago. I "assumed" that it was my allergy medicine, so I didn't take it today. I took my regular medicine, Celexa being one of them. I'm tired just as I have been for the past 3 days. I heard that it can make you tired and sleepy, but I'm wondering, why is it just affecting me now? So, I'll try to switch the time around for when I take it. I also tried just stop taking it before-it 'weirded' me out and I got a bad case of vertigo. I'll never do that again. But I wish I could just stop that medicine now. I'm tired to the point that I'm staring into space and then my head jerks because I just want to lie down.
I have been taking citalopram 20mg for eight months and the tiredness and has never worn off. Every day I feel like I could just lay down and go to sleep and I have also felt lack of energy. I have just gone to 10mg because we now have the six weeks school holidays and I do not want to feel like this when I want to do and go places with my daughter. I tried to persist with it for so long because of the benefits. I felt less anxious and my palpitations have calmed down and I also don't feel like I need to get up in the middle of the night and do housework cause it was panicking me thinking about it. I felt the benefits outweighed the tiredness but as I say I need to do stuff with my daughter and need to have a bit more energy so fingers crossed going to 10mg will do the trick.
Whose joints are hurting? Feels like arthritis. Is it a temporary side effect?
This past week I saw a Psychiatrist at the recommendation of my Primary Care Physician. I have been having trouble with low energy and focus. I really liked the Dr. he explained everything to me in detail and I was comfortable with his diagnosis. He told me that Celexa would help brain communication and therefor improve focus. I started with 10 mg & moved up to 20 after 3 days.
My exact experience with this medication is as follows.
At 10 mg. I had minor stomach bolting and felt a little out of it and nauseous. At 20 mg. I felt like I was in a cloud floating above myself. I caught myself staring into space with my mouth open several times. The nausea was much worse, Sweating, Diarrhea, dizziness (I almost fell in my bathroom) And, almost crashed my car with my entire family with me. I stopped taking it 48 hours ago and I am still out of it. At this point, I have no idea why my Dr. would prescribe this to me. I need to get up, not down. If you take this, please be careful.
YES!!! I cant figure why i sleep so long, way past normal..i was beginning to suspect this drug... im so glad someone has raised this question! Now im sure this drug is the culprit!!
- Celexa uses and safety info
- Celexa information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Celexa (detailed)
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