Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What a Month...

I started seeing a new psychiatrist who suggests it might be time I stop taking the Citalopram (Celexa) and maybe switching to another anti-depressant.
Let me tell ya, if I had known one of the withdrawal symptoms was your own body giving you electrical shocks through your whole system, I would have never gone on this anti-depressant.
I stopped taking the pills and within 5 days I was walking around just trying to maintain a smidgen of sanity. I don't EVER want to go through that again.
So now I am back on my dosage of 40 mg. a day and in a few weeks that will be cut down to 20 and so on. The process will be slow going and will more than likely take months and there is a possibility that it won't work.
The psychiatrist says 90 % of people get that withdrawal symptom. Of course it wasn't until after I started getting the shocks through my body that I was told this..
Now I feel trapped by a drug that has done me a lot of good for the past year.
Now I know why my first psychiatrist who put me on it said there might be a possibility that I would have to take it for the rest of my life.
I am hoping the weaning process works.
Only time will tell.


Anonymous said...

Electric shocks generated by your own body? That's got to be weird - and painful. I hope you work through it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's got to be rough. I'm so sorry to read this. Is there any way they can give you something that can help with that?

I'm thinking of you as you go through this process. Please check back in with us and let us know how you are doing. Hope things improve rapidly. In the mean time, sending you love...



Sue said...

I'm so sorry you have to go through something like this. Hopefully you will be able to wean yourself off of it. Best of luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi I quit celexa cold turkey so know what you are talking about. I found a website called paxilprogress.org that explains a lot about withdrawal and btw zaps are so normal so are the complete body electric shocks. There is so much more to withdrawal that you don't know you should take a look at the site.
Some antidepressants also cause mitochondrial disorders and celexa is one on the list as stated here.

Medication documented to induce mitochondrial damage ct=clnk

These are the Aids drugs and the Antidepressant drugs on the list. It is a long list.
Amitriptyline (Lentizol), amoxapine (Asendis), citalopram (Cipramil), fluoxetine (Prozac,
Symbyax, Sarafem, Fontex, Foxetin, Ladose, Fluctin, Prodep, Fludac, Oxetin, Seronil,

I wish you luck all of us who have taken these drugs will need some luck I think.

suZen said...

Hope your weaning process goes well. I have a friend sort of stuck on that drug - her doctor never warned her about withdrawl either.

Chantel said...

Celexa is good, but Pristiq is, in my opinion, much better. Fewer side effects, and takes a shorter amount of time to start working. It is an SNRI, which I find work better than SSRI's. It is made by the same company that makes Effexor, so it works in a similar way.

Chantel said...

Please let me know how you're doing!!

Slyde said...

im sorry u have to go thru this.. hopefully it all works out.

Louise said...

Your post was pretty scary to read, but I imagine not half so scary as experiencing the withdrawal symptoms you describe. These drugs should be banned. Good luck with it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Still thinking of you and hoping so much that you are doing better with each day's passing...



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