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.
Hello tiredintn. Its normal, as you know the drowsiness. I was celexa, I stopped it only because of the constant feeling of almost being run into the ground, type of fatique. So, I stopped it. Guessing, you're on 20mg. Maybe if its 20, drop to 10mg. Not certain when you take it, if its not at bed time, try it then, or during the evening, before you go to bed. You might see how that works for you. If theres no improvement, the you and your doctor might look at another medication. Hope it does leave and you get to feeling better.
Celexa is an SSRI, one of many many antidepressants out there. If you are experiencing side effects that don't go away within the first few days, you really should try a different med. Antidepressants as I very often compare them to are just like a pile of keys. Only one will unlock the door, but you really have to try a few before finding the correct one. Every person is different, and while some people need the sedation due to being agitated, others most definitely do not, such as yourself. I found the SNRI's to be much less sedating such as Pristiq. You can also look into augmenting the Celexa with Wellbutrin, another antidepressant that has some stimulating effects. While Wellbutrin is almost never used by itself, it does work well in conjunction of other antidepressants. Your doctor of course will know more about this than I do. Good luck, and hope that this is of some help!
i take celexa too and that does happen to me. When i first started on it I would sometimes doze off and wake up an hour later. So instead of taking it in the morning, I take it at night. It does seem to make me sleep a little more sound. Find the best time that would suit you to take it, and see how it goes. Once you pick a time to take it, take it around the same time everyday that way you have an even amount in your bloodstream at all times. Good luck
Yes, Celexa (Citalpram) causes major drowsiness unless you take a stimulant medication with it such as vyvanse or methlyphenidate. I wouldn't recommend doing this though. Vyvanse causes you to slur your speech and talk fast. It also makes you walk weird. Methylphenidate makes you agitated. You'll experience brief periods of elation. By brief, I mean less than five minutes. I'd recommend taking Cymbalta. It's a lot more expensive than Celexa (Citalopram), but doesn't cause extreme drowsiness.
I've just started taking Celexa now for about a week and I can honestly say - all I want to do is sleep. I find myself getting very drowsy at work and napping often. I have only taken this at night as I knew this would happen, however I haven't found the ideal time to take it so this doesn't happen. I'm going to give it about another week then contact my doc if it doesn't stop. I'm a lightweight and am only on 10mg a day - go figure.
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!!
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.
Whose joints are hurting? Feels like arthritis. Is it a temporary side effect?
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.
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 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 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’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 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.
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.
- Celexa Information for Consumers
- Celexa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celexa (detailed)
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