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Psych Doc changed me from serzone, which kept me burned out, to a new SSRI, called Celexa (citalopram HBr).Celexa was approved by the FDA in July 1998 and has been widely used in eight European countries. I've been on it for a week, take it with dinner, and have only noted slight nausea. Has anyone had any experience with this drug? Karl
 
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Sorry to be negative, but I was on Celexa about 6 months ago and could not tolerate the nausea that it caused me. My doc said I was one of the few who couldn't tolerate it at all, even on a reduced dose. I also tried Prozac which actually made me feel hyper but depressed so I have decided for now to just stick with my Librax. I was actually prescribed the Celexa/Prozac (along with Elavil) for fibromyalgia, but my GI doc has mentioned trying it for my IBS as well. I had thought of giving Serzone a try, but now I wonder if I should. What were your side effects?South
 

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I take Paxil, another SSRI and have had great results with it. No uncomfortable side effects at all (just a decreased sex drive).It doesn't do much for an actual flare up, but it is wonderful for my panic attacks and the anxiety of 'what IF I need to use the bathroom on my way to work, school, out, etc'.Good luck,britta
 
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I'm going on my 4th month of Celexa (40mg/day)...it's great!! I no longer get extremely angry or irritable at the little things in life...only thing that I don't like is the fact that i'm always tired...i used to work out everyday, now i don't...my doc prescribed me Welbutrin(150mg/day) in conjunction with the Celexa...anyone else on the same?[This message has been edited by ekay (edited 01-06-2000).]
 
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You've done your homework on Celexa. That's good to see. Most people don't. Unlike the negative experience mentioned previously, I have been doing quite well on Celexa. I've been on Celexa for over a year. I started out doing very well at 20mg. I wasn't irritated by the little things and driving was a much more pleasant experience. I'm not a road rager but I drive quite a bit and there's plenty of things on the California roadways to anger even the most calm driver. I did experience some sedation and delayed ejaculation after my MD increased the dosage to 40mg but my symptoms didn't improve. My MD thought since I did so well at 20mg, maybe 40mg would be even better. Went back to 20mg and that's where I've been ever since and without ANY side effects. If you get any nausea, it's common with any SSRI so ride it out. There are also seratonin receptors in the gut so your body needs to adjust to the increased amount of seratonin floating around. Any nausea should be mild and will subside after about a week or two. You can offset any nausea by taking it with a meal. It's important to CONTINUE taking Celexa for at least 4 to 6 weeks to get the full effect before deciding it's not working for you. I know it might be hard to deal with that if you're feeling any side effects at all without feeling any better, but that's how SSRIs work. Also remember that SSRIs are a preventative treatment. Don't stop taking them if you start feeling better. You WILL relapse. Depression is often due to a lack of seratonin floating free in the synapse of the brain. SSRIs are not like an antibiotic. You don't stop taking them after they run out and you're feeling better. It takes at least 6 months of continuous treatment to make you better and very often, as in my case, your body just does not produce enough seratonin on its own so you might have to be on an SSRI for life or until they can figure out how to correct it permanently.The good news is Celexa has a better side effect profile than the other SSRIs and will often work faster than the other SSRIs because it reaches steady state faster than the others. For example, Prozac can take as long as 8 weeks to attain steady state. Anyone reading this should take note, if your MD prescribed an SSRI for you, you have to give it a chance to work. Good Luck
 
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I was on 80 mgs for quite a while (unusual... in fact, I don't know why my doc upped it that much as it's not proven to be any more effective even over 40, though they will prescribe 60). I had NO side fx except for a mild sedation at 80 with Celexa and have been on it for a LONG time. It does seem to curb the suicidal ideation and sudden crying. I am doing good on it. As always, it's different for everyone!------------------Thanks and stay safe,SomeNights, velvetwyrm###yahoo.com
 
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I have tried Paxil and it made me lethargic. I also have tried Prozac for anxiety/depression but it was too activating and the sex drive CRASHED! Has anyone noticed if the Celexa kills that as well? Also, has the Celexa helped anyone with the IBS symptoms at all? What about any news on weight gain? I know that Paxil is well known for that. Would love any input. Thanks guys.
 
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