Celaxa and Social Anxiety??

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firstimer
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   Posted 12/9/2006 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Normally I've been on benzodiazapenes for my social situation that cause stress. Recently my doctor said that's not the way to cure it and to try Celexa. Well, I'm on day 8 and the drug itself is making me anxious, confused a bit, agitated, but he tells me to try it out a little longer. Hmmm, I read the post above that talks about Lexepro and it seems like a dream. Any advice? Thanks

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   Posted 12/9/2006 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
I dont take any ssri's I do take benzo's for my S/A
I know that others will be here to post to you it is the weekend hun so sometimes posts are not answered right away
Have patience please I know they will be here
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harry4
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   Posted 12/10/2006 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome
celexa is a prozac type med and will help a lot if it works for you, this can take up to 6 weeks and at first it often makes your anxiety worse, good idea to continue with benzos for now which doc should have suggested, both go well together
 
lexapro is basicly the same as celexa, just a more modern and expensive version
also helps to learn new ways of relaxing and coping with the anxuety, called CBT
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bluemeanies
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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Celexa and it is almost the same drug as Lexapro, which I have also taken.  It will take at least 3 or 4 weeks for it to work so give it some time.  I also take Xanax's as needed for my anxiety/panic.

Chaser
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Celexa now for about 3 weeks. For the first 2 weeks I had increased anxiety, agitation, shaking, etc. Now on week 3, I only have mild anxiety and agitation. My doctor said that most people experience these symptoms for the first month or less, and that it takes about 4-8 weeks to get into your system completly. The first week for me was the worse, but my symptoms are slowly improving. SSRI's do take a while to work, and if I were you I'd continue on the Celexa for awhile longer. Nothing will really improve drastically in only a week. Celexa is really known as a good clean drug, and one of the best to use.

harry4
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   

chasers doc should have also prescribed some benzos as these always make it easier to start a new antidepressant

I and many others have benefited from benzos, if taken and prescribed sensibly

fanatical antibenzo zealotry is now out of fashion, even the antibenzo groups have calmed down


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Chaser
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   Posted 12/12/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I should have also mentioned that I was on Ativan for the first week as well. It did help with some of the side effects.

firstimer
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   Posted 12/12/2006 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for All your advice. Good to know that I'm not the only one out there in this situation. I reduced my dose to 10mg thinking that I was hypersensitive and it seems to be taking effect. I'll increase to 20mg in another week or so and see how that goes too. So good so far.
 
Has anyone had good experiences with this drug improving your social anxiety? For instance in addition to just regular day social anxiety have you found that your interpersonal skills such as giving speeches have improved? So far in just regular day life I feel more at ease, however I'm still aware that I'm on a drug and life isn't perfect.
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