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User Reviews for Celexa

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For Anxiety and Stress "I have been on Celexa since 2002. The only side effect I have had is weight gain. I have tried the generic to reduce cost, but it did not work the same as the Brand. I had my anxiety and panic attacks back. Went back on Celexa Brand. I am taking 10mg daily. I have tried going off completely but approximately 1 month in the anxiety and panic attacks come back. Celexa is a life-saver for me and am afraid to try anything else. Before Celexa I was put on several other medications ( I don't remember what they were) but they either did nothing to help my situation or they made the panic attacks more frequent; all had side effects."

   
10

P.A. (taken for 10 years or more) January 14, 2019

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For Anxiety and Stress "I'm a 57 year old male who has suffered from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) on and off during my life. It was only three years ago I started taking medication for it. I started out with buspirone and it worked great for 1.5 years and it then its affect just started tapering off and not really working for me. I tried without for about 6 months and was feeling good but had another bout of anxiety. My Dr. Recommended celexa 40mg in morning once a day. First few days were horrible, felt spaced out and tired and could not function at all. Talked with nurse family member and said dose was too high and cut down to 20mg (half pill) for two weeks. I did that and then bumped it back to 40mg. It worked! My side effects slowly went away. I have been on celexa for over three months and feel much better now. Buspirone had more of a calming sedation feel, celexa puts me in a better frame of mind. That is the best way to describe the difference between them. Anxiety symptoms have gone away. Might be a rough start but stick with it."

   
9.0

Eli10 January 12, 2019

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For Anxiety and Stress "I took 20 mg of Celexa during college for anxiety and depression and it helped tremendously. I quit taking it for a couple of year after college, but began it again after I got married. I noticed that this time around it affected my sex drive (lower) and made me more tired, but nothing super terrible. After my 2nd child was born my Dr upped me to 40mg because of anxiety, and the side affects were awful. Super tired- asleep by 6-7pm every night- super low sex drive and inability to climax. It was very frustrating. I guess my body chemicals changed over the years and especially after pregnancies. On Wellbutrin now in stead of Celexa, so we'll see how that goes,"

   
8.0

bew3912 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 7, 2019

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For Anxiety and Stress "I was prescribed celexa and took it for about a month. During that time, I was waiting on it to start working so I kept taking it. Around the end of the month, I was starting to have breakdowns and suicidal thoughts. I honestly heard voices in my head and was so (even more than when I started it) and so depressed. I was put on suicide watch for 2 weeks while I was coming off of it. NEVER will I recommend this to anyone."

   
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anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 5, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "Was on zoloft for months for panic disorder. Thought nothing could ever help me. After months of going from 25mg to 200 mg of zoloft my dr finally switched my medication to the same one (Celexa) my mother takes for depression. The first about 8 days or so were awful. Withdrawing zoloft and celexa side effects. Hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, extreme panic and tiredness. Then suddenly I just felt better. Happier. Less anxious. Normal again. It saved my life!"

   
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Itsavedmylife28 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 4, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I researched and read numerous forums on medicines and was quite leary to take Celexa after some of the issues people had experienced on the medicine. I am so glad I decided to try it for myself. A few months ago, out of the blue, I developed symptoms which turned into full blown GAD which was getting increasingly worse with constant nervousness, stomach upset, nonstop worry about feeling so darn out of control that I burst into tears. I was starting to have panic attacks while at work and couldn’t have that so I contacted my doctor who put me on 5mg of Celexa daily which was to increase to 10 mg. After a few days of awful nausea and sleepiness the side effects subsided. 1 month in, still on 5mg, and I feel absolutely amazing. I am back to feeling myself again. I am so fortunate that this medicine worked for me."

   
10

Relieved (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I was on Celexa for 6 years. I recently weaned off the Celexa due to the unpleasant weight gain that I experienced. I wanted to try a different anti-anxiety medication that was less likely to gain weight. I tried a combination of Lexapro and Wellbutrin for awhile and then Zoloft. None of those drugs were able to help ease my mind. I experienced increased anxiety and depression, specially panic attacks. I am hoping to get back on Celexa next week as it was my saving grace for 6 years! My only complaints about Celexa are the weight gain and the headaches that occur if you accidentally miss a dose (as well as the weaning off headaches). Crossing my fingers it works a second time!"

   
9.0

Anonymous October 4, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "This medication completely erased my anxiety but not the depression. I tend to have panic attacks on weekends, I suppose because I have more time to think about things. I work Mon-Fri, and I'm very embarrassed to say the citalopram caused diarrhea. I had to leave work one day because of it. Since I only have panic attacks on weekends, I started taking it on Friday and Saturday only. I am a single mom going through a divorce and recovering from narcissistic abuse. I rated this drug a 10 , because it does work and the side effects are different for everyone."

   
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Girlboss September 23, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I was quite literally so depressed I was having suicidal thoughts, constant panic attacks. I was on Lexapro and it just turned me into a mental mess. I didn't know what to do. My doctor gave me Celexa and Klonopin together and now after 1 month I feel like a different person. The Klonopin is great for the panic attacks. The Celexa has been great so far for my depression and I have OCD as well so this has stopped the hamster wheels in my head. It will work different for everyone but this is my experience. Good luck to all as peace of mind is absolutely everything!"

   
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JJBee (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 21, 2018

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"I started Celexa for anxiety, panic attacks and depression after my 20 yr old son was killed in a car accident. I feel it numbs the tears a bit more than I want while grieving, but I don't cry 12 hours a day. It really helped the anxiety and panic attacks. It didn't do much for my sleeping. Still up all night and only sleep about 4 hours in the morning. I do sweat a lot from it and have bathroom issues. But I can function and walk and get out of bed."

   
8.0

C (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 20, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "Celexa worked well for me for about 1.5 years. I think it helped anxiety over depression. However, these past few months, the anxiety has been creeping back and the depression is in full force. I did adjust well when first taking it, even when I bumped up to 20 mg. I think there might be a craving component to it that caused me to keep weight on. Otherwise, it worked OK, but now it's time for something different (I wish I didn't have to change)."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 12, 2018

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For Depression "I have been on celexa now for many years. I had almost immediate results. It was after the second dose I felt better. I had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts since I was at least 9 year old when I first tried to take my life. I have been in therapy off and on for the last 40 years. I have tried almost every antidepressant drug on the market. Some helped a little, but I still struggled with depression. Since I have been on celexa, I have not been suicidal. I have had some sadness because that is life and I have chronic pain too, but I have had no thoughts of suicide since I started celexa. I took this drug with wellbutrin and became violent because wellbutrin can make you angry with increased doses, so I'm off wellbutrin. Thank God for my introduction to celexa after an intervention from a group of friends and my introduction to my Dr. Thanks it changed my life."

   
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Handywoman (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 5, 2018

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For Depression "I deal with Schizoaffective depression and I was on Celexa for years. It was an OK medication for me. What I will give it credit for is it kept me out of the hospital for a number of years. But unfortunately it wasn't the most powerful medication for me and eventually stopped working for me after a number of years. Now I am on Lexapro which is working out much better for me, it is a newer improved version of Celexa basically with fewer side effects."

   
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Coryman616 (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 2, 2018

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For Depression "Horrible. This medication made my anxiety and depression unbearable and I took myself off over seven days. I still have issues but will never take psychotropic drugs ever again. I'm going to check out holistic meds and see if that will be enough for me. If things aren't working then demand a referral to a specialist. Please be careful this medication made me so sick and so down so glad I'm not taking it anymore."

   
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Ms. T August 29, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I was afraid about taking celexa and because my Christian believe. I pray for a long time and being fighting anxiety for 4 years. Feel relief when I read the Bible and pray. But my doctor advise me to get on celexa. Now 5 weeks I feel a lot better feel in control. And side effects minimum. All gone feel like I’m alive once again. Sometimes your mind makes you think the medicine is not working but you have to help yourself feel better. "

   
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Wicho (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 21, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I just got prescribed this med Thursday and took it Thursday night. Had me up all night. Next day had a never ending light headache and repeated bowel movements and nausea. But I will say I had a productive day at work with no anxiety. My symptoms prior were raced heart rate, over emotional, shortness of breath with stress and worry...still having the heart racing on day 3 and will see how this goes"

   
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Pink (taken for less than 1 month) August 11, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "So I am on day 2 of celexa. I originally started four days ago at night thinking I would be drowsy but instead it kinda kept me up. So I switched to mornings. So yesterday was day 1, in the am. And my day I did feel like I was sad and lonely, chemically buzzed but I could still do things. I had anxiety about being alone with my two boys. But as the day progressed and I reached 5pm, I decided that maybe I should work out. Maybe it would help the side effects. It was the best workout ever!! I didn’t noticed my heart pounding, I didn’t have fast labored breathing and my legs didn’t feel wobbly after being on the treadmill. I woke up non drowsy and took my second pill. So here I am an hour in. I’ll post in a few days since I really can’t find a thread of the beginning days of this medication. I haven’t had a headache or nausea but sometimes I have to force my self to eat. And I do get like waves of brain lightheaded that lasts a second."

   
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Michelle August 4, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "For many years I suffered from really bad anxiety and panic disorder. I've tried every natural medication possible and I finally gave in and tried Celexa. It has been really amazing for me. It had a fairly mild side effects but nothing horrible like I was expecting. I can go out in public and my panic attacks have been almost non-existent since taking it for the last two and a half months. Please give it a try I wish I would have started sooner. I have also lost a lot of weight on it but it could be because I'm feeling better and I'm being more active and eating better"

   
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Knighter July 13, 2018

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For Depression "I have been on 20 mg of citalopram for 2 years. Just recently increased to 40 mg 6 months ago. The medication does help tremendously but I am thinking of possibly adding Wellbutrin to get my sex drive back and more energy. Ever since increasing to 40 mg I am really hungry all of the time & blah. I still feel blue :( just my personal experience, maybe my brain has had enough of SSRI’s. Don’t be afraid of trying this medication though because it really does help when you’re in a dark place. Good luck please stay in close touch with your doctors through the process and if they aren’t helping then switch. Good luck xo"

   
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Nicole (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 12, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I have been on 20mg of Celexa since 2012. Celexa works great for anxiety & stress. I have NOT lost my temper from being stressed out for 6 years. I like most people think I am feeling better and have tried to wean myself off Celexa 3 times in the past 6 years but I never make it past 2 weeks before I start having meltdowns. I realized each time I tried to quit taking it afterwards I could not handle all the kids being kids. So I have decided I will have to be on Celexa for the rest of my life. I have not had a moment where I lost my cool with my children in 6 years. I am not saying I harmed my children previously I was just horrible with my mouth towards my children. So if you are reading this and you have similar meltdowns from to much coming at you at once trust me you need Celexa I am proof it works!"

   
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gnmandy (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 7, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "*UPDATE*December 19, 2017 I have now completely have gotten off of celexa after a year and feel great. I took 2 months to ween off of my 20mg dose. Celexa helped me with all of my issues: Extreme lack of focus, panic attacks, not being able to hold conversations, de-personalization, had to quit my job... But enough of that, ultimately this medication was the biggest roller coaster ride I've ever been on (for the first 6 weeks) but am so happy I decided to go on it. For me Celexa muted all of my anxious feelings and allowed me to regain who I was and gain all of my confidence back. So anyways I thought I would share my final review of this drug and for anyone trying to get through a bout of anxiety that is so bad it destroys their entire life, there is hope! It's hard as anything but I wouldn't of done anything different. Good luck everyone! BTW I was on it from June 16 2017 to June 27 2018. The "it gets worse before it gets better" part was over after about 4-6 weeks."

   
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JoeTurner July 2, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I have been on Celexa for almost two months now. I was weary about starting this medication because of the reviews. The initial side affects are rough. I couldn’t sleep, eat or talk to anyone really. I had very bad twitching and heightened anxiety. About two weeks after starting it I finally noticed a difference. Two months later, (now) I am very happy and don’t have much anxiety. Keep in mind it has to get worse to get better (starting the medication)."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 27, 2018

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For Depression "I found Celexa to be very helpful. I experienced virtually no physical side effects. As far as psychological, I found that it caused me to be a bit colder and more rational minded, rather than feelings oriented. That had its positives and it’s negatives. I also found while I was on it, I was less creative- though I’m not really sure if that was the Celexa or the aftermath of the depression. I will say: DO NOT go off this cold turkey. I attempted this because I was feeling better. It affected me with physical symptoms and emotional. Google for the typical symptoms. It was extremely unpleasant."

   
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BriannaB (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 27, 2018

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For Depression "I am 24 yr old female. I was on Celexa for my depression, for two weeks. After the first dose, I began to have severe hallucinations, mostly in the evening, in dark rooms with no direct light, and when I closed my eyes. Everything became checkered, usually the walls. They would move in waves and I also started seeing shadowy figures. It was very overwhelming and scary. This was the first medication I was prescribed for my depression, so I thought this was normal and would settle down after some time, so I continued to take it. After those first two weeks my hallucinations and paranoia had gotten so bad that I finally called my doctor and she had me stop taking Celexa immediately."

   
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VPA (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2018

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For Anxiety and Stress "I was on Citalopram for 10 years. In university I started showing signs of anxiety, and my doctor told me Celexa would get rid of the physical symptoms. It worked. However a few years later when I tried to come off it, I failed. So on the medication I actually developed depression, and social anxiety, and my anxiety in general got worse. Recently I decided to stop taking it. I took myself down half a dose each day for one week, and then every other day the second week. And I feel amazing! Aside from a few mild withdrawal symptoms I’m feeling better! As a result of Celexa, I spent 10 years of my life a prisoner to this medication. I was always depressed, always afraid, I stayed so deep within myself I missed out on friendships, career opportunities, and happiness altogether. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone! Get actual help for your anxiety, a pill is merely a bandaid that will cause you more harm than good in the long run."

   
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Casey June 14, 2018

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