Switching from Cymbalta to Celexa now

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sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I went to the doctor today and told him I have been feeling sad and having panic attacks again along with being sooooo exhausted and wanting to do nothing but sleep!  I also told him everything that was going on in my life right now...and for those of you who may not have read my prior post, my huge stressors include a death in the family, selling my house, moving back in with my parents and waiting to close on my new house (all in a matter of 2 and a 1/2 weeks)...but it isn't just myself - I am married and have 2 small children.  For those of you who have read my prior post, sorry for repeating.
 
So anyway, he switched me from my Effexor XR to Cymbalta about a month and a half ago.  I am on 60 mg of the Cymbalta.  He decided that he did not want to increase my Cymbalta because of me being so stinking tired all of the time but instead switch my meds yet again.  I also take xanax .5mg twice a day too.  He gave me a prescription for Klonopin in place of the xanax.
 
According to my doctor, he said I could just quit the 60 mg of Cymbalta and start the Celexa the folowing day.  I have read through a lot of the older posts and from what I have read, I don't like what I saw about Celexa.  Also, when I went to the Celexa website, it didn't say anything about treating panic disorder, just depression.  I have both and need something that is going to treat both of them.
 
So, here we go again, I am terrified once more to have to switch my meds with so much going on right now along with the holidays coming up.  I feel like I am caught between a rock and a hard place.
 
I feel like I am being a BIG baby, but I need some encouragement!!
 
Thanks for letting me vent and sorry so long!!!!
 
Sylk
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I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Cymbalta 60 mg, Xanax .5 mg


machelle
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   Posted 11/20/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
celexa helps me with my panic attacks, it keeps me calm, and i also take klonopin just give it a chance it has worked for me, and i know everybodys different



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hopeisreal
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   Posted 11/20/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sylk--- you are always welcome to vent here---I do it a lot myself (LOL)!

It does sound like you have a lot going on with your life----I am so sorry to hear about all that is going on with you.....That is a lot to handle---even for people who don't get "depressed, anxious"---etc....

I, was one of those people who didn't have a good experience with Celexa (or Lexapro)---but, everyone is different----and maybe taking the Klonopin with it will help a lot! I know a lot of people here take Klonopin with good results -- and I take Klonopin (.5 mg) as needed---and it helps me......

I will actually be trying Effexor after the holiday---12/2---I am scared to take that b/c of my experience with the other meds----but, am hoping if I take it with Klonopin--that I will be OK.... what was your experience with Effexor?

I also have three small kids (9, 7, 5)---and sometimes I feel like it's bittersweet: they are the loves of my life---I love them with all of my heart---but, it's also hard to have them be so needy----and also, sometimes I just want to be left alone--and sleep, or chill, or whatever....... that is when I get super guilty---and I am really hard on myself.

But, anyway---I hope things will look up for you---and you continue to come here and post for support! I do--and even if I don't get a lot of responses---just typing out my feelings actually helps me (vent)! Cyber hugs to you!
Laurel

PS--you are NOT a big baby either! stop that----we all need encouragement!

sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/20/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
machelle - thank you for the positive feedback on the celexa.  I guess I won't know unless I try it, huh?  What mg of celexa are you on?
 
hope - thank you as well for you reply!  I guess you are right about it being a lot for anyone to handle, especially if we already feel the way we do.  In response to your question on the Effexor, I LOVED it.  It did wonders for me.  In the beginning, I noticed a little flushing of my face, but that went away...I was also nauseous a little as well and my appetite decreased a bit until my body adjusted to the Effexor.  You may sweat a little more than usual too, but those were the only side effects I experienced with it.  I wish it wouldn't have quit working for me because I was actually MYSELF on it!  Best of luck to you on your switch - I think you will do fine on the Effexor.  I can definitely relate to you about wanting to be left alone so I can just chill when I don't feel good either, but with kids, that usually isn't possible!  lol  I am nervous, but will do it nonetheless, I think after Thanksgiving is over and done with as well.
 
Thanks again both of you...your posts meant a lot!!!
 
Sylk
Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Cymbalta 60 mg, Xanax .5 mg


singinmom
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to give my experience with Celexa. I have been taking it for about two years now and it has been great! I have been on many, many drugs for my panic disorder and mild depression - Prozac, Luvox, Buspar, Paxil, Zoloft and now Celexa. I also took Xanax along with the Prozac. The only two that worked were Paxil and Celexa. The problem with Paxil, for me, was that it made me EXTREMELY tired and apathetic. I also had severe withdrawal when I went straight from Paxil to Zoloft. At that time, the doctors didn't know there were problems with Paxil. I still have the occasional generalized anxiety, but have only had a few mild panic attacks over the course of the last year, and they are usually associated with a specific stressor in my life. Celexa, combined with cognitive behavior therapy, has been the best course of treatment for me. Good luck with the new meds!
Singinmom


pacots
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I do not know much about Celexa, but I can tell you the Klonopin worked wonders for my anxiety. I also take Prozac but that is not helping the depression too much. The only thing I worry about with the antidepressants is the weight gain I have gained around my middle from them,because before the prozac I tried about 4 or 5 more and nothing worked.

machelle
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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
i take 40 mg of celexa, i was doing really bad when i first went to to doctor shaking really bad and scared to death, once the medicine kicked in i can deal with thing without the anxiety overwhelming me, i feel almost normal again, maybe better

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/21/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Please do keep us posted on how you are doign and
NO worries about venting or being a " baby"
We all go thru this and that why this is the place to come ...
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I am hoping this works for you and you feel better real soon in the meantime you kno we are here......Luvs
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sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/21/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I am glad to see that the Celexa helps with the anxiety portion too.  I was worried about that because I am having the attacks again, along with the depression.  I just want to find the medication that will work for me again!  Why can't there be a magic pill to just make it all go away!!??  lol  Wouldn't that be lovely?  Wishful thinking though...oh well, I think I am going to just have to start the Celexa on Friday and see what happens, right?  Thanks again for all of your replies...they really do mean the world to me to see that you have had success with Celexa!  God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sylk


Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Cymbalta 60 mg, Xanax .5 mg


sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/23/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I have another quick question regarding my change in meds...

I know everyone is different and our docs tell us different ways to take medication, but for those of you who take SSRI's, do you take them in the morning or at bedtime?

I was going to start my Celexa today, but I was thinking of trying it in the evening.  I have always taken my meds in the morning and was wondering if I took it in the evening if it made me sleepy, if it would help me during the day so I wouldn't be so tired all the time.  Any input on this??

Thanks!

Sylk


Sylknmyst
 
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Cymbalta 60 mg, Xanax .5 mg

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