Celexa and caffeine

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My big question is Ive researched Celexa on many websites and most mention it being used for depression and OCD-- but none have mentioned anxiety or specifically social phobia anywhere. Zoloft and Paxil information seem to mention anxiety and phobias in almost eveything Ive read. Is Celexa as useful for anxiety and social phobia?? Will it be as effective for my anxiety?
The reason why I am on a 25 mg dose instead of 20 mgs is because I was drinking to much caffeine and my psychatrist did not want me drinking so much caffeine. I stopped drinking caffeine for a couple of months while taking the wellbutrin and I felt lousey I would hardly smile or cared to do anything, My psychologist said that it seems that I need stimulation so it should help to be on a higher dose of adderall XR, I am wondering if the celexa is to high of a doseage?
6-16-2003: I went off of Celexa when my prescription ran out and they wouldn't renew it over the phone - they wanted me to come in and be seen, but I'm very busy with work. I found myself dizzy, sometimes. Not all of the time. I could drive just fine, but getting into and out of the car would cause a little wave of dizzyness, which was mildly nauseating. Also, turning the corner while walking would cause it. I had no clue it was the Celexa.
Most of the other medication (effexor, Prozac, Zoloft) produce side effects which I did not care for. My doctor and I finally gave Celexa a try. I was taking low dosages (10mg daily) of Celexa and I was doing fine. A few months back my doctor suggested I try Lexapro. I have found that most of the bad side effects of Celexa have been eliminated with this new and so far wonderful medication, I am currently taking 10mg Lexapro daily.
I've recently had trouble sleeping due to anxiety and my doctor prescribed me Ativan, and my psychiatrist re-prescribed me Celexa (I was on Celexa a couple months prior but stopped taking it with my psychiatrist's permission) I'm currently taking 1mg of Ativan every night to help me fall and stay asleep. How high are the dependency risks involved with taking Ativan, and how long will Celexa take to start kicking in again? These nights of insomnia are just making me more anxious.
I've been on Celexa for 1 week. I was on 40mg of Paxil for 7 years. I have depression and panic attacks. I've been having the "classic" paxil withdrawl symptoms: -vertigo(wow, it has a name? I thought I was crazy for feeling this!) -flu like symptoms -extreme moodiness -tremors -etc, etc, etc... Anyway, my doctor said nothing about weening off of Paxil. Are the effects of Celexa supposed to (for lack of a better phrase) take over where the Paxil left off?
I started hallucinating, most likely from the Ambien. Next night, I took only the celexa and it kept me up all night and made my anxiety way, way worse. Never tried it again. Felt like I was hopped up on caffeine. Very jittery and shaky. Give it a try and see how you react to it. Everyone is different.
But now I have ceased all Celexa and have had brain chills (which feel like electric shocks) and a migraine. Mostly I am relieved to hear that this is not abnormal. So thanks.
Not sure if it's withdrawals from Celexa, or side effects from the Wellbutrin SR. Took 40mg of Celexa for a year and Psychiatrist switched me to Wellbutrin SR 150mgs a day. He told me to stop the Celexa cold turkey. That I'd be fine, and just start taking the Wellbutrin SR the next day. This was on Oct 4th that I started the Wellbutrin SR and stopped the Celexa. Glad my sex drive is back, but other than that, I feel like taking my head off with a chainsaw about 1/2 the time.
I am not real happy with that as years ago I was on Zoloft and topped out, over some years, and eventually was switched to Celexa. Now, it has been a year and I am back at the max dose. I go see him in 2 weeks and we are going to discuss other options....
in all per day of Inderal), something to get rid of them (Maxalt), and something to take before the expensive medicine (which was Endomethocyn). I cut out all of the caffeine and followed a headache diet. I also limited the triptans and eliminated over-the-counter headache medicines. The great news was that they were reduced to only one or two a month!!!!! Anyway, since then, I've been diagnosed with MS (two positive MRI's). I continued having only one or two migraines a month.
Then, about 2 ½ years ago I had a near-psychotic meltdown, mostly about the devil and evil spirits, and was diagnosed with OCD and prescribed Anafranil and Zyprexa, which helped with the irrational thinking and obsessive thoughts a little. Between now and then, I have been diagnosed with OCD, Social anxiety disorder, GAD, major depressive disorder, ADHD, and most recently, aspergers/high functioning autism.
Maybe a little anxious at times, but I mean just alot of energy and feeling like I had a little too much caffeine. Nothing bad like before. Before I thought I was having a heart attack all day long!!!
I had to quit all caffeine and get plenty of sleep as well as avoid all artificial sweeteners (gum included). However I have muscle twitching that seems to stay there. It comes and goes as far as severity goes.
My doctor was presribing them and not really doing a good job of monitoring me. I am now on Celexa and do get the zaps but not as often. Mine happen only when I am asleep. I would definitly say it is the Zoloft.
However, I have developed a severe headache, clenching jaw, grinding teeth, and neck, facial and shoulder tension. I am positive this is from the zoloft, and I did NOT have these symptoms when I was taking only klonopin. The headache does not subside and I have tried everything from Tylenol, to excedrin, to drinking a lot of water, not drinking caffeine, drinking more caffeine, exercise. Is there anything (muscle relaxer??
I have lost quite a bit of weight that I had gained initially on the zyprexa and celexa but I have lost that and I am continuing to loose I started back to the gym today. This is the first time in the 2 years since my thyroid surgery that I have felt 100% fit physically. Were you having trouble with wight or appetite before the lamactil? I am looking forward to hearing from other posters on this subject.
Over the past 4 months, I have tried zoloft, lexapro, celexa, buspar, and now Zoloft again. I was given the 25mg tabs and told to take half (12.5) due to my body is apparently very sensitive to these type of meds. I was taking it at night, but i could not fall asleep. I would be dog tired, but couldnt flip the switch.
I got off of Celexa and feel terrible. I am still on the Lamictal and recently upped it but it has not helped with my "feelings". I still feel terrible (as I have been crying for hour and half straight right now). My doctor gave me a prescription for Wellbutrin. I am nervous about using it. Scared it wont work like Celexa did and I'm afraid of gaining more weight. I can't take that risk. I am 5'2 and now way 188 pounds. At the beginning of 2004 I weighed 136.
I wasn't satisfied with that so did some self-evaluation which focused on my diet. After removing caffeine, alcohol, and a few other things my twitching and numbness stopped completely after only 3 days. If I eat the wrong thing they come back within 12 hours and last for 6 hours or so. Maybe this is something for you to look at. And it isn't always the obvious foods. Parmesan cheese is one of the worst triggers for me!
Depending on your physicians evaluation, a tilit test may be in order.Finally I recommend that you try to address the level of stress in your life and reduce caffeine. Best of luck.
I, too, have been on Celexa & then Lexapro for some years. I have the brain fog, memory loss, and problems finding the right words. I am well educated, a professional, and have a high I.Q.. I am weaning myself off of the Lexapro. I don't trust the pharmaceutical companies and their "research" or doctors that either get kick backs from the companies or just blindly mouth what the "research" says or doens't say. I wonder if there is the possibility of a class action suit.
waiting to see if 20mg of Celexa daily each evening will straighten out my stress/anxiety and reduce the freakin' PVCs.. Any/all comments welcome especially from anyone with a similar story to tell..
And are you still on Celexa and Klonopin at the same doses you were before stopping the oxys? All drugs impact us.....and how they work and affect us while on a high dose of opiates daily will change as we stabilize after getting off opiates. Do you drink plenty of fluids? How much caffeine? Get any fresh air, any short walks in....any sunshine during the day? Sorry to bombard you with questions....but it will help all of us help you if we know more about you.
PS. Drink lots of water. This helps with my axiety. I also drink Vitamin Water flavrs "multi" "50/50" "Revive" DO NOT DRINK THE ONES WITH GINKO< GINSENG OR CAFFEINE. the "energy" one has ginko and caffeine but the others add vitamins to your diet. at first, I had hot flushes with my panic attacks that I woke up with in the middle of the night. Now before bed I have two bottles of water on the nightstand, Xanax, and an ice pack.
I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
Also been through Lexapro and then Celexa. I had no problem getting rid of Lexapro or Celexa. But I wish I could say the same for the vico- but I am living proof that you CAN withdraw c/t and that I did it while working every single day, not missing a day of work and coming home to a house with 4 children.
Stop taking the zoloft (it's not difficult at all if you've only been on it a week or two) or cut back to the lowest dose and you will see that your anxiety will definitely lessen. Also, avoid caffeine and other stimulants while you're feeling anxious and practice breathing exercises and going outside during a panic attack to help you get control. Just remember, it's simply a funny reaction your body is having that will neither kill or hurt you and you won't be afraid anymore.
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