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What can I do to treat withdraw symptoms from celexa (citalopram)?

What can I do to treat withdraw symptoms from celexa (citalopram)?

Consult your MD: You can either go back on celexa and titrate down dose slower or ask your doctor if it indicated for you to go on prozac (fluoxetine) to help with withdrawal symptoms. ...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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On celexa (citalopram) 40mg for a few months & klonopon. 5 two times a day for a month. I stopped taking my meds for almost week, how long will withdraw last.

On celexa (citalopram) 40mg for a few months & klonopon. 5 two times a day for a month. I stopped taking my meds for almost week, how long will withdraw last.

Not sure.: I am not sure you are having symptoms of withdrawal. Were you prescribed these medications for depression and anxiety? If you were, some of the symptoms you are experiencing now be a recurrence of your symptoms and they can actually feel worse than before you started. Do see your doctor to make sure you're not having other problems. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take propanolol 10mg while withdrawing from celexa (citalopram) 10mg?

Okay: It is okay to take propanolol if this has been prescribed for you. It's not likely to help with anything connected to celexa, (citalopram) though. ...Read more

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Are there side effects come from quitting citalopram (celexa) cold turkey?

Can be: There can be withdrawal effects but not everybody gets them. They are usually insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, flu like symptoms, bouncy eyes, electric shock like sensations, irritability and the symptoms can last up to two weeks, possibly longer although they usually only last about a week. ...Read more

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I quit taking 20mg celexa (citalopram) 5 days ago (took for 1yr) cold turkey and would like to stop 150mg trazodone (1 yr also). How and when should i?

I quit taking 20mg celexa (citalopram) 5 days ago (took for 1yr) cold turkey and would like to stop 150mg trazodone (1 yr also). How and when should i?

Wean off: These kind of meds are not recommended to quit cold turkey due to a possibility of serotonin withdrawal syndrome. They should be slowly weaned off within at least one month. I would suggest you to speak with your physician about it. ...Read more

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I was on 20 mg of Celexa (citalopram) and I quit cold turkey it's going on a week tomorrow and I feel horrible, I'm dizzy and my ears are hurting what can I do?

I was on 20 mg of Celexa (citalopram) and I quit cold turkey it's going on a week tomorrow and I feel horrible, I'm dizzy and my ears are hurting what can I do?

Celexa (citalopram): Tapering the dose is advisable. Consult your prescribing doctor. For my patients I recommend going back on 10 mg. Celexa (citalopram) twice daily for 3 days, then taper by 5 mg. Per day every 3 days, then discontinue when down to 5 mg. Per day, unless your doctor advised you not to come off the Celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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I've been taking celexa and klonopin (clonazepam) for two years and buspirone for five weeks. How long will it take to withdraw from each of them?

I've been taking celexa and klonopin (clonazepam) for two years and buspirone for five weeks. How long will it take to withdraw from each of them?

Work with your doc: You should discuss with your doctor on how to wean off the medications and if it is advisable to go off the medications, it depends on our dosage as to how long it will take to get off of the medications safely. ...Read more

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My dr is having me stop my celexa (citalopram) for 10 days because of an antibiotic im on. Will my depression/anxiety increase? Will I withdraw? I'm scared.

Possibly: Yes, you could have withdrawal symptoms by suddenly stopping celexa, (citalopram) and your depression symptoms could increase. Hoping you also have a psychiatrist, and can discuss this directly with him or her -- it seems a bad idea to cold-turkey an ssri. If your primary care doctor is concerned about the antibiotic effects with celexa, (citalopram) could s/he not simply reduce the dose rather than stop it altogether? ...Read more

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I dread that time of the month as it sends me into an emotional and unfamiliar rollercoaster! Celexa (citalopram) quit working? Depressed, confused, help!

I dread that time of the month as it sends me into an emotional and unfamiliar rollercoaster! Celexa (citalopram) quit working? Depressed, confused, help!

Sounds hormonal and: For that you might visit an OB-GYN or internal medicine MD. SSRI's are one treatment, birth control pills another. Yet another is to look at all of your glandular functions. ...Read more

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Takin 20 mlg celexa (citalopram) 4 yrs. Want t ween myself off. Happier life. Been takin 10 ml 8 days. Feel off sonetimes. Suggestions? Don't want 2 take anymore

Caution advised: Thanks for your question. This is a very common question/problem.

Abruptly stopping medications like celexa (citalopram) can causing something called the "SSRI discontinuation syndrome." This can cause dizziness, irritability, and "brain zaps."

You will need to gradually taper off of the medication to minimize these symptoms. Talk to you doc! ...Read more

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I too k one celexa (citalopram) how long go get out of my system?

About 3 days.: The half-life of Celexa (citalopram) is about 1 1/2 days. It takes about 3 days to get the majority of the medicine out of your system. ...Read more

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I feel spaced or zoned out on celexa (citalopram) 10 mg which I started yesterday, will that feeling go away soon?

Most likely will: Pass a couple of days. If you are uncomfortable, you may break the Celexa (citalopram) tablet in half and take 5 mg a day for three or four days until you adjust to it and then raise about 10 at that point. Best wishes and have a happy new year. ...Read more

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Can the side effects of celexa (citalopram) go away with time?

Usually: Generally, you will see a decrease in side effects in 2-4 weeks of taking the medication but if the side effect is very bothersome or does not improve, tell your md right away - there are many medication options (or a lower dose) and it might take more than one try to find the right one for you that helps and does not cause side-effects that are intolerable. ...Read more

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Will celexa (citalopram) side effects go away some eventually?

Most likely: Most of the initial side effects are related to GI discomfort and fatigue. Sexual side effects that occur on men typically resolve with time. However, sexual side effects in women tend not to go away over time. ...Read more

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On 10mg of celexa (citalopram) now for almost 3weeks. If going up to 20mg will there be more or less side effects?

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Celexa (citalopram): Side effects are expected initially and ease up with time. Not likely to get more intense upping the dose after weeks of trearment. ...Read more

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Been on celexa (citalopram) 10mg for 3 weeks. I'm now feeling the nauseous feeling. Will this go away after the 4-6 week mark?

Possibly: Most patients will have this symptom go away, but not all. This often is cured by taking the medication with food. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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When will celexa (citalopram) shocks go away? Tampered down from 20mg to 10mg to 5mg & now 5mg every other day. When should I stop the 5mg? To many side effects.

When will celexa (citalopram) shocks go away? Tampered down from 20mg to 10mg to 5mg & now 5mg every other day. When should I stop the 5mg? To many side effects.

Tapering Celexa (citalopram): I don't know how quickly you've been decreasing your Celexa (citalopram) dosage, but it sounds like your body doesn't like the schedule. Are you working with your physician on this? I suggest you speak with him or her, and go at this more gradually. The "shocks" could last for several weeks beyond stopping the celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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Can I use celexa in place of serlatine?

Some of the time: You should not use Serlatine if you use Pimozide, You should not use Serlatine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the last 40 days. These include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
It is not approved for treating children who are less than 18 years old. ...Read more

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Can align be taken with celexa (citalopram)?

Yes: In fact it can be very helpful for people who experience GI distress with ssri's like celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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What are the side affects of celexa (citalopram)?

What are the side affects of celexa (citalopram)?

Celexa (citalopram): Common ones are nausea, headaches, dry mouth, insomnia, vivid dreams, sweating, diarrhea, & black box warning re. Suicide risk. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking celexa (citalopram) after 9 years?

Yes.: Talk to your doc about how to do it and what to expect and if that is the right choice for you. ...Read more

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What are common side affects of celexa (citalopram)?

What are common side affects of celexa (citalopram)?

Like any ssri: Delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness headaches, r sometimes problems but usually no complaints. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking celexa (citalopram) after 10+ years?

This would be a good: Question for your provider. If you have recurrent major depressive episodes then it may not be recommended that you stop antidepressants. If you have other conditions that are well controlled it may be a good idea. ...Read more

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What are the secondary effects of celexa (citalopram)?

Black box: The only antidepressant ssri that got black box warning about heart problems is celexa (citalopram). There is a recent wanring about Celexa (citalopram) causing some heart conduction problems for all ages, but I have yet to see one case. Not advised after 50. Otherwise is not known to cause significant or noticeable side effects. Must not take it if pregnant as the safety record is now not complete on ssri. ...Read more

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Hi, does grapefruit interfere with celexa (citalopram)?

Hi, does grapefruit interfere with celexa (citalopram)?

Yes, it can: Celexa (citalopram) (and some other medications) are broken down with the help of an enzyme called cyp3a4, whose activity can be blocked by grapefruit juice. So instead of being broken down, more Celexa (citalopram) enters your bloodstream and stays in your body longer. ...Read more

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Celexa (Definition)

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