Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:10 AM
My doctor prescribed me Citralopram / Celexa 10mg for anxiety relating to my IBS (I was starting college and finding it hard to manage sickness and school work). My first night taking the drug, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was having a heart attack. My roommate called 911 and I spent the rest of the night in the ER. Don't worry, it was not a heart attack - it turned out to be a panic attack which at first we attributed to the Celexa. However, I hadn't taken enough of the pill to have side effects already, and after having more panic attacks after the Celexa was out of my system, I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder.I don't honestly think the Celexa was the cause of my panic attacks, but I have heard from other friends that it made them feel panicked too. I'm sure it depends a lot on the individual person.I am now taking Cymbalta at 60mg a day and it seems to be helping. Unfortunately all of these meds have strange side effects, but if they do reduce your anxiety then it's almost definitely worth it. My side effects of Cymbalta have been dry mouth, nausea for the first few days, dizziness for the first few days, and fatigue (I take it at night now so it actually helps me sleep). I haven't had another panic attack since the levels of the drug in my system peaked (after 3 weeks of taking it).I hope this helps, and I hope you find the treatment that works for you. Good luck!