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Prescribed Celexa (citalopram) for insomnia but have read that it causes insomnia. Is Celexa (citalopram) commonly prescribed for insomnia? Thank you.

Prescribed Celexa (citalopram) for insomnia but have read that it causes insomnia. Is Celexa (citalopram) commonly prescribed for insomnia? Thank you.

Reason to ask: Always ask the Dr to explain what they expect the Rx to do for you as well as possible side effects. It is not intended to relieve insomnia in most folk. And it is a common side effect. But your Dr might believe your insomnia is due to depression or anxiety which is the main uses. Discuss it all ASAP and if it doesn't make sense to you ask for a change. Best! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Been prescribed citalopram(depression), hydroxyzine(insomnia ) is 20mg citalopram + 75mg hydroxzine safe? Doctor said it should be okay. Thanks.

Been prescribed citalopram(depression), hydroxyzine(insomnia ) is 20mg citalopram + 75mg hydroxzine safe? Doctor said it should be okay. Thanks.

It's safe, but...: ..To me it depends how it's prescribed. I would want you to start the Hydroxyzine at a lower dose, like 25mg and first see if that dose will help you sleep. If it doesn't, then increase in steps to 50, and then to 75, if necessary. With citalopram, i would want you to start with 10mg for at least 4 to 5 days, if not more, to make sure you tolerate it before increasing to 20 mg. ...Read more

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Is insomnia a normal side effect while on celexa (citalopram)?

Is insomnia a normal side effect while on celexa (citalopram)?

Can happen: Celexa (citalopram), like other ssri antidepressants, can either enhance or interfere with sleep. It depends on the person. I usually tell patients to take ssris in the morning (not at bedtime) to minimize any such effects. Even so, insomnia can still occur. Talk with the prescribing doctor about alternatives if this is an ongoing problem. ...Read more

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Any advice on how to deal with insomnia caused by citalopram? I started treatment 2 weeks ago.

Talk with provider: Because antidepressants can have side effects when started and stopped, and underlying conditions can change, make sure to discuss with provider. At times, decreasing dose, a slower increasing of the dose, or changing the time of dose (morning or nighttime) can help. Also, different providers have different thresholds for adding sleep aides (over the counter) or otherwise vs changing meds etc. ...Read more

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I take 20MG Celexa (citalopram) around bedtime and I just got 50MG trazodone for insomnia. Is it alright if I take them both at the same time at bedtime?

Medication effects: Using Celexa (citalopram) with Trazodone can increase the risk of a rare but serious Serotonin Syndrome- confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure; and increased risk of rare irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening. See your Psychiatrist to discuss medication interaction, benefits and side effects; or go to ER for Diagnosis and Treatment. ...Read more

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I am taking 10mg of citalopram for 3 months, and have 50mg of trazadone id like to try tonight. Would this be safe? i have terrible insomnia and would like to perhaps switch from citalipram to trazadone if possible. I also take lunesta 3mg for 9 months.

Proceed with caution: Adding Trazadone to Citalopram and Lunesta (eszopiclone) may not have any major contraindications, but, some things to consider: 1. Consult prescribing provider, 2. Consider stopping Lunesta (eszopiclone) when starting Trazadone. 3. Consider taking Citalopram in morning only. 4. Most important, research non-medication treatments for insomnia as they are much more effective in the long run (though hard to implement at first). ...Read more

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Got insomnia & need sleep i take 30mg citalopram daily can I take 15mg mirtazapine tonight to help me sleep? Took mirtaz on its own before citalopram

Got insomnia & need sleep i take 30mg citalopram daily can I take 15mg mirtazapine tonight to help me sleep? Took mirtaz on its own before citalopram

Talk w ur doc first: Both citalopram and Mirtazapine are both antidepressants. Mirtazapine has a side effect of making a person sleepy so it sometimes is helpful in this regard. However your doctor may not want you to take two antidepressants so you should discuss this with him or her before you make that decision. ...Read more

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Dr gave amitriptyline 50mg for pain & insomnia. Seems to help some w/pain, not so much for insomnia. Is higher dose safe w/citalopram& 0.5 xanax (alprazolam)? Ty

Dr gave amitriptyline 50mg for pain & insomnia. Seems to help some w/pain, not so much for insomnia. Is higher dose safe w/citalopram& 0.5 xanax (alprazolam)? Ty

See a psychiatrist: For the best understanding of your medication needs (vs. A family practice doctor). Psychiatrists have much more training in the type of medications are you taking. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

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