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Can celexa (citalopram) make it hard for you to wake up?

Can celexa (citalopram) make it hard for you to wake up?

Yes: Yes. Celexa, known generically as citalopram is an ssri and does have a common adverse effect of somnolence. Not all ssris have the same side effect profile, however, and you may find relief with another drug in this class of antidepressants. ...Read more

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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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2nd time on celexa, (citalopram) both times i've felt after a few weeks like i want to crawl out of my skin, antisocial, and wake up anxious. On 10 mg. If i increase will that make it worse or better? New med?

New Med?: You may be treating only part of your problem, depression. It is common to have this kind of reaction when you have a mood disorder which includes, but is not limited to, depression. Treating the depression alone may unmask the agitation side of the condition. Consult with your provider and see what they think about this. If you've been on Celexa (citalopram) for a while taper slowly. Ask doc. ...Read more

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Rare sleeping disorder on celexa (citalopram) 4 deprs. Been on multiple sleep meds. None work. Wake in up 5+times a night. Clxa culd be reasn but only ad thatwor?

Rare sleeping disorder on celexa (citalopram) 4 deprs. Been on multiple sleep meds. None work. Wake in up 5+times a night.  Clxa culd be reasn but only ad thatwor?

Not Celexa (citalopram).: Have you had a sleep study? It might help clarify what causes your sleep problem. Try sleep hygiene as well. Do not do any work or read in bed, use it only for sleep, do not watch tv in bed, or watch stimulating movies before you go to bed. Try listening to music or a relaxation tape. There is a yoga technique with breathing they describe as "darth vader" type of breathing. ...Read more

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Hard stopping Zoloft (sertraline) and celexa...how long should the side effects last from this choice?

Taper: stopping any of the psychoactive meds suddenly is an invitation to reexperiencing all sorts of symptoms. Taper slowly (preferably under supervision of Dr) over several weeks (depending on dose). ...Read more

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27 y/old m. I am always hot, I mean always. Constant sweating and I wake up at least 2 a week from profusely sweating. I am taking celexa (citalopram)?

27 y/old m.  I am always hot, I mean always. Constant sweating and I wake up at least 2 a week from profusely sweating. I am taking celexa (citalopram)?

Yup: Sweating is a common side effect of taking celexa (citalopram). The reaction being described seems more severe than usual but it can happen. Not having had this symptom before taking Celexa (citalopram) would make it even more likely that it was due to the celexa (citalopram). If it goes away after stopping Celexa (citalopram) that would also confirm that it is the side effect. Discussion about a replacement medication with your doctor is in order. ...Read more

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What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep i don't wanna wake up i've had 3 deaths in one year?

What's the best depression medicine on the market my dr prescribed me celexa (citalopram) it makes me sleep i don't wanna wake up i've had 3 deaths in one year?

Talk Therapy!: While you search for a better antidepressant, definitely get involved in supportive talk therapy. The losses you've faced and your grief will not be resolved by drugs alone - they may not even be necessary. You need to work through your feelings which may be fairly normal and healthy. But, un-dealt with, they can fester leading to worse symptoms. Be picky, this therapist is one you need to trust. ...Read more

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Celexa causes hard to reach orgasm. Would lowering the dose help and can it become permanent? Im on 20 mg. It does help me though. Zoloft (sertraline) made me sick

Celexa causes hard to reach orgasm. Would lowering the dose help and can it become permanent? Im on 20 mg. It does help me though. Zoloft (sertraline) made me sick

Almost immedicately: The side effect is dose related and improves as soon as the blood levels drop which could be the next day. Of course over time if the depression returns your libido could plummet. Lexapro (escitalopram) may have less sexual dysfunction than Celexa. Young men who are anorgasmic on low doses of SSRI, I wonder about Bipolar disorder and would consider Lamictal as alternate rx ...Read more

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A month ago i woke up with derealization what is the best way to treat this? Currently taking clonazepam and celexa (citalopram). When will i "wake up"? HELP!!

A month  ago i woke up with  derealization what is the best way  to treat this?  Currently taking clonazepam and celexa (citalopram). When will i "wake up"? HELP!!

Talk to someone: Depersonalization and derealization are often helped greatly by cognitive and psychodynamic therapies in conjunction with supportive medication. Your best bet is to find a psychologist and psychiatrist who you can partner with to help alleviate the worry you're experiencing from these symptoms. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Bipolar 2 on 200mg seraquil, abilify, (aripiprazole) celexa , wellbutrin and lithium I am still so depressed and hard to fall asleep is it normal?

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Bipolar 2 on 200mg seraquil, abilify, (aripiprazole) celexa , wellbutrin and lithium I   am still so depressed and hard to fall asleep is it normal?

Bipolar depressed: Sounds like you need to discuss with your doctor making some adjustments to your medications to help you sleep better. Also Lithium blood level if not done. ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

Celexa is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more