Citalopram and fatigue

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I'm wondering if citalpram can exacerbate this condition, if the nerves will eventually regenerate or if there is ANYTHING I can do to live pain free. I have been on citalopram for many years now and want to wean myself off. Any insight you can provide is much appreciated.
Many of the symptoms you experienced are potential side effects of Celexa (aka Citalopram), namely agitation, anxiety, fatigue, drowsiness, sweating, and panic. There is no question that you did the right thing in immediately notifying your doctor of these side effects and I'm glad you did. While it is unfortunate that your experience with Celexa was a negative one, it is important not to generalize your experience to all antidepressants.
Hi I've been on Citalopram for over 6 weeks now and for the first few days I had exactly the side-effects you have described. I started feeling ill within a few hours of taking my first 20mg tablet. I had nausea and a dry mouth, then the following day I had a severe migraine-type headache. After a week the side-effects had lessened and within a few weeks I had started to feel the benefit of them.
Chronic fatigue is the unending fatigue. Fibromyalgia is more body pain and fatigue, but the fatigue isn't as severe as CFS. If you get sent to a rhuematologist you'll likely get checked for both (and probably lupus as well). Some days it is tough to make a meal. I can work part-time but it takes all my energy for a little three hour shift. I come home and fall into bed. Often without eating lunch. I need a 3 hour sleep in the afternoons to stay upright in the evenings.
When I drive home I fall asleep in my car periodically only for a couple of seconds but enough to swerve a little and then I jolt and wake up. I also feel really out of it while I am driving. I just feel like I am staring at the road but not all the way there I feel like I could fall asleep at any moment. Sometimes I actually call my boyfriend to go get my son from daycare and bring him home because I don't feel safe driving him around.
riddlin, Doxycycline Hyclate (for CFS and prostate) and citalopram. I started all these medication long after my symptoms developed. I noticed something that baffled my CFS doctor. I go through the same experience almost everyday: It starts a few hours after I wake up with an hour of intense fatigue and a feeling that my food is being digested (bloating, feeling of movement in my intestine). I usually spend this time in bed and can usually fall asleep for most of it.
However I'm finding the side effects of this medication to be limiting my life and work -extreme fatigue, and brain fog, along with a rather embarrassing stutter that I have recently developed when tired, among other things. As I'm now far from the mental place where I was at at the time I started medication, and have long since dealt with the health and life issues that may have caused much of my depression, I think it's time to get off this stuff.
This treatment causes severe fatigue and bouts of insomnia which adds to depression--I couldn't get through it without my DEPRESSION MEDS. That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
My previous response was given when I thought you had attained SVR (cure) with treatment and yet still have fatigue and joint aches and brain fog. Since you still have Hepatitis C, then that would be the first thing I would tackle if I was you. Hepatitis C can cause all of the symptoms that you have described. Hepatitis C does not just attack the liver. It also attacks other organs and causes multiple extrahepatic manifestations of Hepatitis C. Your symptoms may all be due to Hepatitis C.
I saw ENT he thinks it is Vocal Cord Dysfunction ( could not give me a definite diagnosis though, because the symptoms need to be present to see it and when I saw ENT I was breathing fine) and gave me medicine for acid reflux, but how do you explain constant fatigue, and head pressure and sometimes chest pressure. I do not feel like I have acid reflux symptoms, only the shortness of breath. Do I need to see a neurologist maybe???? Anyone has experience with this?
I will be sure to mention chronic fatigue syndrome to my doctor. I went in a few days ago and she was unsure at the time as to what might be causing all this. She did say that I had a slight fever though so i'm not sure what that means. I'm thinking that maybe I have a combination of a bad yeast infection and something else. She did several blood and urine tests so maybe that will give some indication. I see a neurologist on monday for the persistent headache.
Hey I'm 20 and have been on citalopram for a year and a half, I have decided to come off it because of the fatigue it caused which is not good for student life generally, also the loss of interest in sex is not great either. I think I do need to be on antidepressants at the moment. But citalopram wasn't for me. I realise all antidepressants have side effects but I was wondering if any missed out the 2 I mentioned above.
I too take celexa and please give it the time to work .the tiredness will pass.Also do you take any vitamin supplements like the B vitamins? that will help with the tiredness.Depression seems to suck you dry of nutrients as well as make you feel bad everywhere.I have been on the celexa for about 6 years now and I wouldnt trade it for anything.I really dont have any of the side effects you get with other anti depressents Like the tics, tremors, and sexual dysfunction.
Treatment can mess around with the serotonin. I was given 10mg of citalopram and it got better after 6 days already. I was very depressed, snappy and impatient. Now that is totally gone. As to your hemoglobin, are you getting procrit??? That is very low and you should be! I'm not experienced on this matter, but I think that one should get rescue meds when it goes under 10. Hang in there!!! Prayers are with you.
Also having a cold and then the flu doesn't help but the mild depression and fatigue symptoms I have been having on just the citalopram are completely gone! I think I have finally done it! Going to increase bupropion to 300 mg in a couple months and decrease citalopram to 20 mg and go from there.
hip pain , lower back pain , numb toe , weakness of my left arm , frequent UTI , sudden of depression , anxiety and unexplained periods of fatigue and insomnia . Also , as documented in my medical record , I complained about left sided sunburn like sensation of my chest and abdomen . To complete the list of all documented symptoms , I have to add tree incidents of vertigo , not including the last from October 2006 .
I am 20 y/o and in college. I become depressed in high sch. Fatigue, no motivation,irritability severe hopelesness and suididal thoughts. I also have suffered from lots of anxiety and have bitten my nails to the quick for past 8 yearI worry alot irrationally that others will be upset with me which couldn't be farther from reality since I work hard and am overly responsible if anything.Comes from growing up as only child in household where mother was always angry with passive father.
Lexapro has been great for my depression but the memory factor plus fatigue (and lack of sex drive) are making me reconsider. I too thought that I may have been having early onset dementia as I couldn't remember where I had put my coffee cup on so many occasions. Unfortunately most doctors just read the literature that the drug companies supply and therefore dismiss so much of the anecdotal evidence.
Trudie, Thank you as always, yes, some of the stress has gone away and I already feel a little better, got to get through this week of drama/stress and then will be even better I am sure. Emily, How nice of you to respond and to give me so much information. My girlfriend, who suffers so much like I do, is the one who told me about Lexapro.
I am so worried that it is something so serious. I have seen 4 different doctors and had blood work and urinalysis done and always given anxiety as diagnosis. I am currently taking lexapro for about 3 weeks now.. seems to help a little but annoying head pressure/pain will not seem to go away. Does anyone have any advice?
The weekend before I went to my GP I had a very harsh panic attack because I thought I was suffering from a heart attack. I developed tightness in my chest and fatigue from the anxiety. I have a tendency of believing I have a serious disease which leads to me obsessing over the ideas and constantly looking up info trying to self diagnosis. I scared myself sick over the side effects because over never felt this shaking in my body like this before. I don't know What to do.
Like Epiphany, I had the worst trouble with the benzos and the Ad's - all over the place, no proper medical advice, completely blew up at work and now facing disciplinary charges. Now stabilised on 40 mg Citalopram and 4 mg Diazepam daily until all this worry and trouble is behind me. I went to a hypnotherapist yesterday and am generally feeling not too bad considering the treatment has wrecked such havoc.
It also helped clear my foggy feeling, memory, and fatigue. My doctor told me I should lose some weight, but this didn’t happen. I was not overweight, but I was at the top of my weight range for my height. The depression/anxiety did not go away so I went to see a psychiatrist who put me on Citalopram at 40 every night. This was working well after the first few weeks of side effects; then my sex drive disappeared.
While I am not on any DMD, I am on Tegretol, Elavil, Citalopram for my MS symptoms. I am on Spireva, Symbicort, Singulair and Ventolin for my COPD and Asthma and Prevacid and Lipitor for GERD and high cholesterol. I also take Amitriptyline for fatigue related to MS. Has anyone else had trouble with protein or calcium deficiency that has been proven related to any meds?
I've also noticed that if I drink any alcohol I am most likely going to wake up with a severe hang over, regardless if I have one drink or several. The fatigue and pain has started to really affect my work and social life. I recently turned 30 and am worried that something might be really wrong. I do have a doctors appointment scheduled, however I cant get in to see him for two weeks. Can anyone help or think of anything I should research to ask my doctor????
i am currently on citalopram and trazodone for depression and insominia, but have not had these symptoms until the past few days. i was examined in the local ER and was diagnosed with anxiety, allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis. i have been prescribed prednisone, flonase, sudafe, and zithromax in addition to loratadine, citalopram, and trazodone. i guess my question is can all of these symptoms really be related to my sinuses and allergies or should i pursue this further ?
I became severely depressed about 3 months after starting Remicade. And terrible fatigue too. I have had some mild depression before, but nothing like this. I manage to get to work most of the time, but if I am off I will usually stay in bed all day. I don't bathe very often, can't get motivated to clean, and have stopped doing the fun things I used to do - social life, dance and language classes, photography, working out, etc.
Wk 4 viral load was 78. Did another red blood count in Wk 5 due to shortness of breath and fatigue, but it was still OK. He hasn't missed any days of work as yet.
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