Skin Problems getting worse - think it is from celexa

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   Posted 6/30/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just whining. Really. It's not the end of the world, but it is SO annoying to be nearly 30 years old and have to suffer from skin problems. Again.
about 3 weeks into taking celexa (shortly after increasing my dosage to 20 mg) I started experiencing breakouts of all these little red bumps on my chest. No where else. They are persistent and won't go away. They don't itch and don't appear to be hives. My dose was bumped up to 30 mg last week and the breakouts are getting worse. Larger, more red, more noticeable.....I'm very distraught (shallow, I know) but I can't wear most of my clothing and have to work at covering the buggers up with makeup. Even then they're pretty visible.
I'm going to my PCP on Thursday so he can look at them and get me a referral to a dermatologist. In the meantime, I'm treating with salicylic acid OTC cream.
Anyone ever experience this from and a/d??? It's really odd. I've had this happen before when I was in high school and was rx'd arithromycin. I had a bad reaction to it and broke out on my chest only. I can't help but think this has to be related to the meds. Nothing else in my daily regimen has changed.
Wah. Can someone tell me what is going on?
27 year old female
Meds: 20 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin

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   Posted 6/30/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm glad you're having your doc check you out. If it's a reaction, s/he will know what to do. Sorry that they're pestering you right at the hottest time of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).



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   Posted 7/1/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Your doctor didn't say if it sounded like an allergic reaction to the Celexa when you called? If it gets any worse go to the doctor sooner. Just to be on the safe side and to reassure yourself. Have you changed detergents, perfumes, or eaten anything different or new?
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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bela, my paitent information sheet for celexa, (the one that comes in the box) has purple/red spots on skin as an uncommon side effect so they could be related. I always I find I have experience a wide variety of side effects, that fade with time, when first starting to take citaleopram or increasing my dose.

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   Posted 7/2/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Well, the bumps are practically gone. I had my aesthetician look at them yesterday and she said they could be an allergic reaction, but more likely were something called prickly heat rash. It's been over 100 degrees for about a week where I live, so sweating from your car to your house, to the supermarket, everywhere you go has been prevalent. Nasty!

Anyway, she said it's probably from my skin cells shedding and clogging the pores so the sweat gets trapped and then forms bacteria, causing an inflamed bump. She told me to use Neutrogena 2 in 1 salicylic acid with an AHA peeling agent in it until I can get in to see my doc. That should exfoliate all the dead cells away gently and work on opening the pores so the oil doesn't clog.

At least now I can pretty much bet it's not the celexa. It's definitely not hives either. I've had hives before and that is a totally different experience! These don't itch, aren't raised welts, etc.

27 year old female
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin

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