Hello all! I've been on 20mg of Celexa for a little bit over a month now and I feel great. But I was wondering, is Celexa supposed to be taken "for life" or is there a certain period of time for treatment? I'd like to hear from people's own experience.
The depression that pills help is caused by a low amount of a chemical in your brain called serotonin. Anti depressants stop what serotonin you have from being resorbed, so that more stays in your brain working. I have had depression most of my life and have taken antidepressents for most of that time. This condition does not go away. I stopped them once, and I will never do it again. I was back to the depression I had pre treatment.
13 Jun 2012
Hello alexahavok337. To date there are no adverse side effects reported by people due to being on Celexa because of longevity. Regards pledge
Hi, i've been taking it for 2 years(?) now. I had to have increases a couple of times for it to stay effective for me. I have no plans to stop it at the moment or in the near future, it works well for me. My mother was taking it at a low dose but she felt the depression had lifted and so stopped taking it. She is still happy without it, depression can improve. As long as you are not taking more than 40mg it is quite safe to take long term, as Pledge has stated.
15 Jun 2012
Hi, glad that you feel great on Celexa. I am also on Celexa for almost 6 years. I know it works for me at 20mgs. daily. Caught in a situation, a differant Dr. upped my dose to 40 mgs. Within 2 months, I tapered down slowly, using tips I learned on this site. 20 mgs is right for me.
4 Feb 2018
I started taking Celexa after getting taking Zoloft for 4 years and it quit working. I have been on 30 mg of Celesa for over 20 years now. About 14 years ago, I was in such a good place in my life that I thought I didn't need it anymore. I quit taking it and starting having breathing problems. Doctors thought it was allergies, but after several specialist and numerous tests, they couldn't find anything medical wrong with me, but all agreed that there was something wrong. I was off for about 2-3 months. It was depressing me, so I decided to start taking my Celexa again. Within a few days, the coughing stopped. Again about 6 months ago, I decided to get off of Celexa and the cough started back up after 4 days of being off. I started taking them again and the cough stopped. Then I went through a death in the family and just forgot to take my vitamins and pills in the morning for about 4 days and the cough started back up again.
There is no doubt in my mind that the cough (and extreme shortness of breath) were from getting off the medicine. But, I won't be getting off again. I can tell by the afternoon if I forgot to take it because my temper is very short. I will run take my pill and within 20 minutes, I am good again. I really don't want to stop taking it, but wanted everyone to know that there might be side effects if you want to stop. Mine were so bad that I won't stop again! This medicine has kept me a happy person and the alternative is not something I can live with.
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