I NEED HELP!!! NEW and Having Rough go with Side Effects of Celexa.......Please anyone ......Input

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greydays
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   Posted 2/23/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering with panic attacks for the last 2 years now, so bad now I am having 2 or 3 a day.  5 days ago I was put on celexa.  The first 2 days were fine.  My mood was better.  I was relaxed.  The third day I felt like I was a zombie.  The 4th and 5th day is hell.  My head is tingling...racing.  The panic attacks are back to back, so much so that yesterday I walked out of my job that I was a supervisor.  They are ruining my life!!  The side affects of the celexa are making me crazy.  Has this happened to anyone else???  Does it get better????  If so ..when? 
 
I am also a mother of 2 boys.  One is 7, the other 5 months.  I am scared to be alone with this because of how severe this attacks are.  Any advice????
* Just put lil more to title so you might get more answers okay you can change it if you would like to something else ....take care ..Lyn

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 2/23/2007 4:32:27 PM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/23/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome
First as far as I know it takes or can take up to a few weeks for meds to kick in fully and youve only just started a fast acting med like ativan or clonazepam may be needed talk to doctor and see if he will allow till the other kicks in
I am not on this med but I am sure that the ones taking it will reply I will add Celexa to your title for you and that might get more responses quicker
I know about the amount and constant panic attacks and what they are able to do to us
I feel so bad that you are not able to deal with this just for a bit on your own But I know your kiddies are precious so usually what I did when Cait was young even in panic I would take her for a walk do crafts play cards basically ANYTHING to keep mind off the panic
You have 2 very small boys so you are not able to do this but hun do not be afraid of the panic it cannot hurt you
Can you call and ask someone to come and stay for a few days and let you get some well needed rest and recuperation 'Do you have any support out there????
YOU do here now and I will also go so far as to let you know we are good with our support no actually great and all the ppl here truly care there is no judgdement and NO phonieness here we are just like you and we care for one another
 It is an extended family here and I am glad you found us
If you get really bad after you put the boys to bed have a hot tubby with some candles and try to think of something you like to do or something the kids have done to show momma their love
You will do just fine I would suggest talking to your doc about a SHORT term go at a quick acting med definitely and go from there til Celexa kicks in
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 2/23/2007 5:19:09 PM (GMT-7)


seechell
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   Posted 2/23/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi-

The shocky, tingling feelings are happening because your body is adjusting to a new seratonin level. It will take several weeks for your levels to be therapeutic. I'm not on Celexa but they all work basically the same way. When I changed from Cymbalta at 120mg to Lexapro at only 40mg, I went through the same feelings. They suck, but it does get better.


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greydays
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   Posted 2/23/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
  Thanks for the replies.  I am really debating not taking my next dose.  I feel so jittery, I can't sit still!  I can't think about anything else other than they way my head feels.  I wish I knew it was normal to feel this way, maybe that would give me hope to keep taking it.  I couldn't live like this for weeks though...I'm going crazy and it has only been a few days! 

edr1222
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   Posted 2/23/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.

Sorry to hear your not feeling very well right now. I wanted to chime in because Celexa is the medicine I am on to treat panic disorder. I would be curious to know what your starting dose is. Sometimes it is necessary for people who suffer from panic disorder to start at a much lower dose than what is normally recommended. By doing so, it is possible to avoid some of the bothersome side effects of SSRI's. I started on 5 mg per day and with the help of my doctor, we slowly increased the dose a little at a time untile we reached a maintenance dosage of 40 mg per day. Try to give it some time, and maybe discuss your dosage with your doctor. I also agree with what others have said here...medicines like Ativan and Klonopin can be very helpful to get you through the rough parts. They can help get the symptoms under control much faster than SSRI's and the side effects are usually very tolerable.

I hope you feel better soon. Try to hang in there and keep us posted. I understand how frustrating this can be when your suffering from multiple panic attacks. I would also do whatever you can to find someone to stay with you for a while if possible.

Please let us know how you are doing.

Take care,

Ed

Post Edited (edr1222) : 2/23/2007 5:49:15 PM (GMT-7)


greydays
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   Posted 2/23/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ed.
 
They started me on 20mg.  I have tried taking xanax in the past to relax, but the head change only made me worse. 

edr1222
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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
20 mg is an average starting dose for depression and anxiety for Celexa/ Citalopram I believe. It might be worth asking for the 10 mg pill that is available. It is scored so it can easily be cut down to 5. Again, starting low can really help alleviate some of the activating effects of SSRI's. I know that based on past experiences with other SSRI's that I would have had a hard time starting at 20 mg. I started at 5 mg for two weeks then went to 10 for a week, then to 15 then to 20 then to 30 then to 40. It was frustrating at first but once I made it to 20mg I could feel the anxiety and panic symptoms start to go away and I didn't experience any side effects. the main reason I mention this is because often times Panic sufferers can be very sensitive to medications such as SSRI's. Not that everyone will be, but many of us are and I am sure people on here can relate. Of course we are all different, but starting low and working up is never a bad thing. Might be worth talking to your doctor.

Interestingly, I could not handle Xanax ( to strong for me ) but I did very well with a low dose ( .5 mg of Klonopin ) to help relieve the symptoms while the Celexa was kicking it.

Ed

Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed thank for the input sounds like you might want to try the 10 mg and see if side effects lesson some for you ask your doc for something other than xanax to help until the meds kick in 0.5 ativan is a good one and not that strong melts under tongue and keeps you from panicking
I find the ativan works better or me or diazapam
Take care and I think you do need to have some one there if poosible to help you out with all of this
Keep us posted okay
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harry4
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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   

anxiety sufferers often need to start at a very low dose to avoid a bad reaction, I would have dropped the dose back to 5 and taken xanax or similar also

bad reactions to antidepressants are common for anxiety sufferers, sadly most docs dont seem to know this


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THANKS Harry.........
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