What are some of your personal experiences with the SSRI drug Celexa?

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  1. tocoinaphrase profile image59
    tocoinaphraseposted 5 years ago

    What are some of your personal experiences with the SSRI drug Celexa?

    I just started taking it today to help with my anxiety, and I would like to know what some of you have experienced while on it--side affects, as well as whether it helped with whatever you were being treated for.

  2. cathylynn99 profile image75
    cathylynn99posted 5 years ago

    i was on a high dose of an SSRI. i had  and permanently still have the side effect of sexual dysfunction. my orgasms are very weak. an antihistamine called periactin (24 mg two hours before) helps me with this side effect.

    1. teresapelka profile image61
      teresapelkaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Not meaning any offense - if you'd think about some time before the medication and compare, would you say that your language functions have changed?

    2. tocoinaphrase profile image59
      tocoinaphraseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I took no offense, lol.  Hmm... I was slurring my words a little bit this morning, and then I was talking really quickly for a while.  I guess I see what you mean.

    3. teresapelka profile image61
      teresapelkaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This aches, I mean the chemistry is invasive. Couldn't you change your meds?

  3. Becky Katz profile image84
    Becky Katzposted 5 years ago

    I take Cymbalta. However, one of the side effects on all of these is that they will cause less interest in sex. The Cymbalta works for me and that is the only side effect for me. I hope that works well for you. It is nice not having so much anxiety.

    1. tocoinaphrase profile image59
      tocoinaphraseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the answer.  So far, I've had crazy mood swings and nausea.  It's only my first day though.

    2. cathylynn99 profile image75
      cathylynn99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      my sister had nausea that didn't go away in the usual few days with one SSRI. her doc tried a different one and she had no problems with it.

    3. tocoinaphrase profile image59
      tocoinaphraseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Well since it's only my first day I hope it will go away soon.

  4. teresapelka profile image61
    teresapelkaposted 5 years ago

    Answering your question - I have no personal experience and I don't want any experience.

    Generally speaking, psychiatric meds would suppresses language functions.

    I do not see any correlate to sex - as for the other answers here.

    My conclusion would be that medication of this sort (most would be termed neuroleptic) suppresses the brain.

    1. tocoinaphrase profile image59
      tocoinaphraseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      SSRI's are proven to have the sexual symptoms from what I've read.  And what exactly do you mean by 'language functions?'

    2. teresapelka profile image61
      teresapelkaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Language functions: speech (articulation, comprehension of auditory data), language (reading, writing). The effects of neuroleptics happen to be termed a speech-language deficit - language functions in short.

  5. Insanity Inc profile image61
    Insanity Incposted 5 years ago

    My personal experience with celexa was a complete deadening of any sexual feeling.  I can't say it did anything good.  The truth that Big Pharma and today's shrinks don't want to tell you is that there really are no definable differences in any of the SSRI's.  It's pretty much what's-the-flavor-of-the-week.  What they don't tell you is that in double blind studies those who journaled 20 minutes a day and walked 20 minutes a day showed a substantial lessening in symptoms, whereas those taking an SSRI (take your pick) showed loss of sexual desire, weight gain, and a myriad of other problems that we are told are simply the price we must pay. (does that mean we've done something WRONG???)  There hasn't been one study proving the "chemical imbalance" theory, not one study proving that any of the Big Pharma drugs do what they say they do.  However, Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil) HAS been proven to be an anti-psychotic, and melatonin (something your body naturally makes) is great relieving anxiety.  Also, certain foods are better for one's mood than any of the psychotropics, such as popcorn.  I strongly suggest you try reading "Mad in America" and "Anatomy of an Epidemic", both written by Robert Whitaker;  Unhinged by Daniel J. Carlat, M.D.;  Natural Prozac by Dr. Joel Robertson.  Good luck to you while you search for information (with a big bowl of popcorn!!!)

    1. teresapelka profile image61
      teresapelkaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Soybean and cow milk - you can get those lecithin granules over the counter, get some veg (rucola, tomato, red kidney beans?); add milk (skimmed can be good) and lecithin granules - and popcorn on top, if you like smile

  6. profile image0
    Kevin Goodwinposted 2 years ago

    I remember when Celexa use to work for me, but it did not work very long before I had to get off of it due to side effects that I was not comfortable. I do not remember what the side effects were because it was a long time ago. But keep in mind that everybody reacts to drugs differently so do not get off of it just because some people have had bad experiences with the medicine. Good luck.

 
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