User Reviews for Citalopram to treat Bipolar Disorder
Also known as: Celexa
Citalopram has an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 from a total of 14 ratings for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder. 79% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 0% reported a negative effect.
“Citalopram is the Best medicine ever! Keeps me so stable and I feel so levelled out. I have anxiety and depression followed by bipolar and I just feel like I can go by my day to day life normal. They make me feel giddy and happier and alive.”
“Celexa is a lifesaver for me. I've been diagnosed with bipolar by many different doctors. I've tried mood stabilizers and felt zero difference on any. The main benefits of celexa for me are a relief from anxiety, mood swings and irritability. I feel like me on it. The only down sides for me are sexual side effects when first starting. After a few months, I adjusted and was able to get that back. The other issue is motivation during depression. I have to fight that really hard. But, the mood and anxiety issues were the main thing causing distress for me so I'm so thankful I am not just angry, irritable and moody all the time. The benefits for me greatly outweigh the side effects.”
“Bipolar II, anxiety, panic, GAD, and MDD. On my 2nd day on citalopram. I can feel the difference instantly. Odd, but true. I felt instantly calm and giddy. Unusual happy. Which is a strange feeling for me but it’s a good feeling. Different taste bud now. I noticed I’m eating less now. Not nauseous but I can feel something else in my stomach like you're not really that hungry. Eat to live. Less lethargic too. Less lazy feeling. So hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be feeling super energetic. Only 2 bad side effects are IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) the toilet becomes ur best friend (Don’t try to pass gas or you'll shart in your pants. Lol), and restless at bedtime. Couldn’t sleep all night. I took med in mornings. Will come back in a few weeks to report.”
Celexa (citalopram): “Celexa worked really well for me, in terms of stabilizing my mood. I actually felt really happy and thought with clarity for once! But I had to stop taking it because the side effects are just extremely unpleasant. I wasn't able to achieve an erection and if I did I wasn't able to orgasm. I also had this sedated like feeling. My body temperature would increase. But I also felt emotionless at the same time if that makes any sense. I found it hard to respond to my partners emotions. Everything was just on a cloud for me. Someone could have insulted me and I would have been alright with it.”
“My life has been a disaster. Recently diagnosed with bipolar, spent most of my life aware of something wrong, but unaware of what it was and mostly unaware of how I affected others. Started citalopram a year ago, and caught fleeting glances of my condition. Then figured out that why my life has been such a bucket of poo, even though on paper I had accomplished a great deal. No matter what I did, where I went, the sick I was always there. Have tried other cures but they didn't work as well as citalopram. Lithium helped some. Others left my mouth dry (very bad for the teeth), gave me headaches, and made my heart race. So here I am, having to cuddle with a dragon and a psychic one at that.”
“Citalopram saved my life 16 years ago along side Depakote and Trazadone. I have Bipolar II. I've am always so freaking happy but apparently too happy. I've been told I have a degree of serotonin syndrome and have to wean off. I'm terrified of both the withdrawal, as missing one dose makes me feel like I have the worse flu, and then the terrifying depression, anxiety, panic attacks. Hoping the Depakote increase is going to save me. Citalopram started working after 7 days for me.”
“Had severe depression and anxiety for years. 20 mg was good for depression 40 mg was good for depression and anxiety. Been on 40mg a year now and am amazed at how much better I feel. I wish I had started something years ago.”
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“I have been on a lot of psychotropic drugs through the years. I hated them all. This was the first drug that relieved my anxiety and my mind doesn't work as fast so I can actually focus on something and read without all the inner dialogue in my head. When I am trying to read something, my mind takes off on tangents and I am still reading but I am not comprehending. It's nice to be able to focus on something and really take in the information. I don't feel like I'm in such a hurry all the time. I personally didn't have ANY problem with my libido or with my orgasms. For men, it's good you can last longer when taking this medication;) My boyfriend takes it also.”
“I was originally prescribed this for Major Depressive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. At 20mg it didn't help at all, but once raised to 40mg and combined with an anti-psychotic (to prevent manic episodes) it worked well for 5 - 6 months. Unfortunately it stopped working completely, quite out of the blue, and neither myself, other half or medical professionals could figure out why. It was a shame as I had virtually no side-effects on this medication, just some 'bruxing' (teeth grinding) at night, but not to the point where my jaw ached or anything.”
“Best drug I've ever taken and I've tried many. It started working right away after a few weeks. I also have anxiety, bad PMS, and some OCD features. I have no side effects except for initial diarrhea. I also take it with Welbutrin and have had no problems. My best friend said it worked well for her for 3 or 4 years until it stopped working; I hope it never stops working for me.”
“Went off this med pre Christmas under Drs orders. Went quite crazy over Christmas. Reintroduced 2 days ago and finally I'm coming down. I'm on lithium and pristiq but even as much 20mg daily has made a huge difference so far. I have a new Dr. now.”
“It calms me sometimes but my sex life is not there. It helps me sleep but I still have daily ups and downs lighter but not gone, never know what my day will be still. Thoughts have not gone at all.”
“It knocks out extreme sadness for me. But I still get the lack of motivation and energy when it comes around. I'm bipolar 1.”
“It's worked well with Topamax and if needed Xanax. The best combination. Since I was diagnosed bipolar at 15. Withdrawals are bad if I forget to take it.”
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