trying different medication

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keepstrying
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   Posted 5/14/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
my doctor took me off wellbutrin and started me on Celexa.  this is the first day.  my brain feels fuzzy and I can't fall asleep.  does this sound normal.  I hate switching meds but I was not doing well on the wellbutrin. confused

djdaz_1985
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   Posted 5/15/2008 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hiya,

I'd say it was pretty normal. I have never had to switch AD and have neither taken Welbutrin or Celexa, but I know about Withdrawl Syndrome and you can get it when you switch meds as well as when you come off meds. I would say (as a personal opinion) that if it lasts more than a couple of weeks or if it gets a lot worse, then I would see your doctor.

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   Posted 5/15/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keepstrying,

Just wanted to welcome you to Healing Well. I am sure that you will find there are a lot of kind and compassionate members here. Who will do their best to help you with their own experiences and knowledge.

Good luck on your med change.

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keepstrying
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   

thanks for the information and encouragement from everyone.  These drugs are so unpredictable.  I was finally able to sleep with the help of a xanax and today I feel better and took a nap this afternoon. 

I have been struggling with depression for over 17 years now and every  4 years or so I have a really low episode.  I've been home from work all week and I'm hoping the change in routine and meds as well as more frequent visits to the therapist will pull me out.

I really hate the way this disease criples my life.  I also hate that I feel such shame about the depression.

Anyway, i am glad to have found this site.


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   Posted 5/15/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am happy that you are glad that you found the site. It is nice to know that there are people who understand. I know I feel that way. Try not to feel ashamed of the depression. Though we all do at one point or another. We didn't do anything to ask for it, it just chose us.

Have a wonderful evening.

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bluedog139
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Lexapro which is a newer (and more expensive) version of Celexa.

I will probably be switching to Celexa. Lexapro is $60 a month (with insurance) and I can get generic Celexa for $4 at "Wallyworld". My first doctor was willing to make the switch but kept me on Lexapro (with samples) for longer to make sure it's the right drug for me. I hope my new doctor will be as flexible. (I got new insurance at work and had to find a new doctor that is on my plan.)

After the first 3 weeks on Lexapro (5mg) I told my doctor that I didn't think it was working. So we started upping the dose, till I got to 20mg. I had told my doc that I hadn't been sleeping more than I few hours at a time (even before starting Lexapro) and she added Trazodone (50mg, very low dose) at bedtime. I am now almost sleeping through the night. Not prefect, but much better. It's and older mild AD that is often used as a non-habit forming sleep aid, and it helps boost the effectiveness of Lexapro. It's cheap too.

The only side effects that I've had are dizziness and headaches. The dizziness was when I first started it and the headaches have come on each time I've upped the dose. I've been at 20mg/day of Lexapro for a week now and it was a rough week. I have had splitting headaches for most of the last week. The headaches have gotten better in the last day or two and are pretty much gone now. Side effects happen, but they usually go away within a week or two.

I would not trade how much better I am feeling now than I was 6 weeks ago, for something that didn't give me headaches. I stuck it out because I was pretty sure the side effects would go away in time. If they hadn't I would be talking to my doctor about finding something else to try.

There are a lot of different drugs available to you, you just need to find the one that works for you.

Hope that helps.
~blue

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   Posted 5/16/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on celexa for 3 months. It did not help me sleep at all. I had to take sleeping pills. Which i hated relying on something else to help me sleep. It is bad enough i take an antidepressant to make me feel normal. On the plus side i was on elavil and i gained twelve punds on that but i was happy and i was sleeping. You canonly take so much of not sleeping on your own. So i am back on elavil and im waiting for it to take effect.
 
My doctor even upped my dosage of celexa hoping it would help me sleep but it didnt it just made me feel so calm. Too calm if you ask me. Im not a fan of celexa because it did not help me sleep and i had no libido what so ever and i would wake up in the middle of the night a million times to go to the batheroom. I though i had a UTI and i didnt. Im fine in that department. It is just a reaction i had from the medication. I hope you get a better result than i did. keep me posted id like to know how celexa effects you.
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