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Is it normal to feel really ill when first taking celexa (citalopram)?

Is it normal to feel really ill when first taking celexa (citalopram)?

No: It usually doesn't cause many problems--if you decide it is the Celexa (citalopram) you can try taking a smaller dose with food.

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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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Phasing out of effxr XR so my dr has me on 75 mg and 10 mg celexa (citalopram). First 3 weeks were great and now feeling depressed/anxious. Just a few off days or is this normal? Next week i start 37.5 efx, 15 cel

Phasing out of effxr XR so my dr has me on 75 mg and 10 mg celexa (citalopram). First 3 weeks were great and now feeling depressed/anxious. Just a few off days or is this normal? Next week i start 37.5 efx, 15 cel

Cross-taper: In a cross-taper (stepdown one mediciine to change, in steps, to another), there is the risk that one will temporarily lose the effective of medication. 75 mg of venlafaxine is very low -- you've lost any benefit; 10 of citalopram is very low. Most people need 20 to 40 mg of citalopram for it to work.

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Advice on celexa (citalopram) 20mg? Is that a normal dosage?

Yes: It is definitely one of the most popular doses of celexa; and it is ok for you if your dr prescribed it this way. Best wishes.

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Help please! is celexa (citalopram) sending me into a hypomanic episode or is this normal?

It's possible: Antidepressants can cause "manic switching" in bipolar patients. You should consult with your psychiatrist or prescribing physician and discuss with them, you may need to taper off the celexa (citalopram).

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I normally take 20mg of celexa (citalopram) a day. I accidentally took an extra pill today. Is this harmful?

Extra Pill today: It will not be harmful. You just start tomorrow taking your regular dose. There should be no worries.

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Is it normal to have diarrhea after taking very 1st dose of 10mg of celexa (citalopram)? Took at 7pm. Had diarrhea at 6am

Is it normal to have diarrhea after taking very 1st dose of 10mg of celexa (citalopram)? Took at 7pm. Had diarrhea at 6am

Very common, alas: Transient diarrhea happens after one starts medications of this class. Most times the GI upset dissipates; if it doesn't, the rx trial may be a 'bust' despite any efficacy it provides.

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Can celexa (citalopram) cause chills for the first week or two?

Can celexa (citalopram) cause chills for the first week or two?

Yes: Most side effects 'happen early' and go away in time; if it doesn't go away then tell your md about this for ? Change in medication or consider an infection.

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I took celexa (citalopram) for the first time in months. What side effects can I expect?

I took celexa (citalopram) for the first time in months. What side effects can I expect?

Celexa (citalopram): Celexa side effects can include: nausea, loose stools, constipation, dry mouth, stomach upset, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, sedation, ^ urination, sweating, ^ or v in weight, nasal congestion, sore throat or cough. This is not a complete list. But, you might not have any side effects with celexa. It is generally tolerated well.

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Celexa (citalopram) making me suicidal, should I stop? Is this normal with celexa (citalopram)?

Celexa (citalopram): This is called the black box warning, which occasionally occurs in depressed people on antidepressants. You need to consult your prescribing doctor right away.

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Have titrated from 40 mg to 20mg celexa (citalopram). After a day or 2, i'm feeling better than ever. Lot's of energy. Is this normal when going off of ads?

Not unusual: Particularly when taken in am, citalopram specifically may cause feeling tired. You are right in that if therapy works, you can start consulting your psychiatrist about weaning slowly including xanax (alprazolam) which also has depression and fatigue listed as side effects (not to mention dependency in long term). Not all antidepressants make you feel tired though. Ask your dr. Good luck.

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I have been on 30 mg celexa (citalopram) for 2 weeks and I experience body inside tremors. I never had them before. Is it normal and will they go away? Thanks

I have been on 30 mg celexa (citalopram) for 2 weeks and I experience body inside tremors. I never had them before. Is it normal and will they go away? Thanks

Trial period : I'd give it 2-3 weeks and if not spontaneously resolving then would stop that medication and approach your physician about other options. Hope all goes well!

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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.

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Switching from celexa to paxil (paroxetine). Feeling anxious. This normal?

Switching from celexa to paxil (paroxetine). Feeling anxious. This normal?

Celexa to Paxil (paroxetine): Work with your doctor on Cross-titration instead of sudden switch.

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I started celexa (citalopram) 5mg 2 nights ago. Are nausea and headache normal this early on? I just wanted to feel better and i feel worse.

I started celexa (citalopram) 5mg 2 nights ago. Are nausea and headache normal this early on?  I just wanted to feel better and i feel worse.

Answer: Those side effects are not common. But medications act differently on each person. If you continue to have these side effects i would recommend to stop using it and ask your doctor for an alternative medication.

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Been on celexa (citalopram) 20mg for 3 months. First 2 months i was on 10mg. If doc tampers me off will there be withdrawal? And how long would last?

Taper slowly.: I usually taper it by 5 mg every week or every other week and then i don't generally run into discontinuation symptoms. Have a merry christmas.

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Why did celexa (citalopram) kill my sex drive? Is this normal?

Why did celexa (citalopram) kill my sex drive? Is this normal?

SSRI and sex drive: One of the well-known side effects of all ssri drugs, including citalopram (celexa) is decreasing libido, decreasing erectile function, and increasing the time before orgasm is achieved. These effects do not occur in all patients taking the drug, but they are common and well-known. If this is a large concern, talk to your doctor about other antidepressant options and side-effect profiling.

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I'm currently taking celexa (citalopram) 20mg and am getting dizzy/faint light headed is this normal and will it subside?

Probably: This type of reaction is not uncommon and will likely resolve after a day or 2 , but let your doctor know, especially if you have any existing heart problems.

Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

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