Just start on Celexa 5mg 10 days ago. I was wondering if anyone has success on just 5mg or did they have to go up? And if they went how long did you stay on the 5mg?
New to Celexa. Just started 5mg? Many questions?
Question posted by Heather5635 on 18 Jan 2021
Last updated on 18 January 2021
I also started out on 5 mgs about a month ago. I take mine at bedtime. I had one side effect and about 3 days in I actually felt happy! I heard they call this the honey moon phase. I stayed there for two weeks then felt comfortable to move to 10 mgs where I am now and have been for about two weeks again. On ten mgs I feel good! I take it at bedtime and sleep the same as before. I wake up feeling good and wanting to do things and looking around I see things that I have not done in months like wash windows. Kind of like my eyes are opened now. I feel good and only had a slight increase in anxiety which I read is common but nothing overwhelming that I couldn’t deal with and lasted only a few days each time. You can even go 2.5 mgs to go to slow so I was told by my doctor. Good luck and so far I’m loving celexa. I did kind of feel a need to up after the two weeks but so date so ten mgs and two weeks I do not feel the need to go up yet.
This is a very low initial dose that your doctor probably prescribed to help avoid side effects as your metabolism adjusts to the drug.
"Celexa (citalopram) should be administered at an initial dose of 20 mg once daily, with an increase to a maximum dose of 40 mg/day at an interval of no less than one week."
Everyone responds differently to medications and 5mg may be enough to be therapeutic for you but if needed it could be increased after a few weeks if you're not seeing any improvements.
If you have any more questions or concerns feel free to post again, okay?
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