I have taken Celexa last year after I quit smoking, because the smoking cessation gave me depression and anxiety. I started Celexa while I was flaring, but the flare wasn't too bad and it disappeared shortly while being on Celexa. I was on it around 6 months and then tapered off.
I wanted to start Celexa around 4 weeks ago and I have the worst flare of my life so far right now. Within two days on Celexa (50 mg), my flare got even worse, especially the bleedings. So I only took half a pill for the next two days and I got a little better. When I went taking 50 mg again, the bleeding got so much worse again (I went from around 12 bloody BMs to 30+). I stopped taking Celexa, only took it a week total and I am scared of going back again. I don't even want to consider another antidepressant right now.
I am not sure if the increased bleeding was caused from Celexa or if it was coincidence, but when I lowered the dose, the bleedings got a little better. It is hard to tell when you are in a full blown flare up. Anyway, just be careful and if you notice any worsening in your flare, you better talk to your doctor if the Celexa could be the culprit. Especially look out for tarry and black stools - I had them, too. Maybe you can consider taking something like Xanax for the anxiety? I take it occasionally when the anxiety gets overhand and I personally prefer taking something on a "as needed" basis for anxiety when I have a choice in that matter. If you suffer from depressions, too or GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), you are probably better off with long-term treatment as in antipressants.
Hope you feel better soon!
UC, Crohns, Microscopic colits and most other inflammatory diseases are intensified and sometimes seem worse when you are depressed and have anxiety all the time.
Usually I find that I flare when I am stressed or drepressed, maybe this starts the hightened inflammatory response and leads to a flare but I am not sure. I do know that I always feel better when I do not have anxiety and my depression is controlled.
I was DX'd with UC about 3-4 years ago and that really scared the crap out of me. Depression and anxiety went thru the roof and I flared even bigger and harder. My PCP put me on Wellbutrin and Ativan (wellbutrin has a lower chance of D being a side effect) and ativan to calm my nerves. Since I have moved and have a new pcp that is telling me that combo is a bad one. So we tried a few SSRIs (paxil and zoloft) and those only made my D worsen which in turn increases anxiety and drepression. The next one to try is Celexa but I think I might just skip to Effexor (less chance of D) and not try the Celexa.
SSRIs can cause D, especially Paxil, and in some studies it even shows that it causes undetermined colitis in up to 40% of patients. When I found this out Paxil was gone. My mom suffered from a ton of D when she was on Paxil.
All that being said, I will keep trying to find that magic bullet for me that will keep me happy without the added D. My symptoms are almost nonexistant when my mood is good. When my mood is bad then I start to feel physically ill.