Weaning off Celexa

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LALady
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Last week my doc and I agreed I would wean off of Celexa. I've been taking it for 2 months and worked up to 30 mg. I was still experiencing mini panic attacks and relying on klonopin, I felt constantly lethargic and tired, libido was nonexistent and, the most compelling reason to wean off of it was that I had a drug rash starting from week 2 that just wouldn't go away.
 
Anyway, since it didn't seem to be working well for me, she advised me to cut back to 20mg for 2 nights, then 10 mg for two nights, then stop. I did so and my last dose was Friday night. I felt okay all weekend, but today am feeling the withdrawal feelings I remember experiencing with Effexor, though not nearly as bad. They come and go, but the brain zaps, fatigue and hot flashes, headache and GI upset are there. I can also cry at the drop of a hat...but then again, I am also about to start my mense. So, I'm not sure what symptoms are from what. Ack!
 
According to a medical website I found, it said it takes 6-8 days for celexa to clear out of your system. Anyone wean off it? How long do the withdrawal effects last?
 
Klonopin is working great for me :) Meet again with the therapist to see where we go from here tomorrow.
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


Nanners
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Is the Celexa a capsule or a pill? I was wondering if you could try breaking one of the 10 mg in half and then try taking 5mg every other day for a week or so. Sounds like the wean was kinda fast.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

ILUVLUCY
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   Posted 7/27/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi..i too take 30 mgs of celexa and had upped to 40, just for a couple weeks because i was not sleeping  and had to go back to 30mg....it was making me have more anxiety....I still have the mini anxiety sometimes with the celexa but my xanax pretty much takes care of that...Did he not offer to put you on another antidepressant ? I have not tried it , but lexapro is a sister drug to celexa and some people have more success with that...

Hope you feel better

Lucy


isuckatcheckers
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on 30 mg Celexa for many years now. The symptoms you described are classic discontinuation symptoms. Hopefully you're feeling better now. If not, I might consider increasing the dose and then tapering very slowly. A Google search will yield several different strategies for doing so. Without question it will pass, but it can definitely be very uncomfortable.
 
Oh, some options for dealing with the anxiety.... Each person is different, but here are some OTC options that work for a large percentage of people:
 
Theanine - 200 mg once or twice a day. This is the amino acid responsible for the calming effects of green tea. Try to find a product with suntheanine in it, the propriety version from the researchers in Japan who isolated theanine from green tea in the 1950s. Nice calming effect without sedation. Lasts for several hours (research suggests up to 8 hours).
 
Niacinamide - 500 mg two or three times a day. A variant of the B vitamin, Niacin, that crosses the blood brain barrier. Has a very noticeable tranquilizing effect reminiscent of Valium.
 
Valerian root - 1-2 grams in the evening for relaxation. Does not put me to sleep but helps me get to sleep by relaxing me so much.
 
Kava - I've tried this dozens of times without success until I purchased a 90% extract with 175 mg of kavalactones per capsule. Four capsules produce a very palpable calming effect. 
 
Just some ideas! I think the Rx anxiolytics work great, too, but tolerance and rebound anxiety are a big problem with them, so it's nice to have alternatives. 
 
 

Post Edited (isuckatcheckers) : 7/28/2009 11:12:19 AM (GMT-6)


LALady
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm not feeling as much of a lunatic from the discontinuation symptoms today. In fact, I feel much better. Still some residual dizziness, but otherwise I'm oaky. Met with my therapist this morning (great session, btw) and she said the impetus behind the quick weaning was the drug rash. It indicated I was having an allergic reaction to the med. As for switching to another a/d, I just don't want to go on another one. They never agreed with my system (I've always had some bad side effect or another) and they never cause a cessation of my panic/anxiety.)I've had my fill of trying them out for now. I am doing well with the klonopin and the therapy is heping me get to the root of my anxiety...fleshing out sources I'd never considered before...which is very helpful. I'm hoping this current course of therapy works to my advantage.

Thanks for all the advice everyone. Much appreciated!!!


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: .5- 1mg Klonopin
Supplements: Doctor's Choice Enzyme Therapy Multivitamin for Sensitive Stomachs, Provex CV Flavonoid, Digestive Enzymes
 


Nanners
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   Posted 7/28/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear you are feeling better. I guess just within time things will get back to your normal. Glad therapy and the Klonopin are working well for you.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

LALady
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 7/28/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, and I guess I just take solace from the fact I am meeting weekly with someone who is committed to helping me with my issues. If I find myself slipping back into a state of mind I can't handle, then I can always resume another med. I'd like to try without an a/d at present, but heck, if need to try another at some point, then so be it :) I'm really enjoying the insight therapy, though. It's very good for me to talk things out that I have kept inside for too long!

Thanks for the hugs Nanners :) It means a lot.


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: .5- 1mg Klonopin
Supplements: Doctor's Choice Enzyme Therapy Multivitamin for Sensitive Stomachs, Provex CV Flavonoid, Digestive Enzymes
 

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