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Old 04-23-2012, 05:42 PM
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:20 PM
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They put me on zoloft for a while and I felt awful for months. When it ran out, I just didn't go back and haven't been on anything since. I'm doing much better now managing things on my own. Couldn't take that apathetic feeling all the time. I really felt nothing at all while on it.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:23 PM
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They want to put me on an SSRI but I do not want to. I'm not depressed, just retarded
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Miakoda View Post
I had an allergic reaction to Celexa. I was stupid and took it before bedtime, and before I knew it, my face was swelling, my throat was swelling, I was sooo jittery, and when I realized I was beginning to not be able to swallow, I called my mom and she rushed me to the urgent care center at the opening of our neighborhood. Needless to say, I tossed that stuff out!

You do have to take the meds for a while to allow your body time to get adjusted. Wellbutrin works ok for the depression part, but when I first started taking it, I was a jittery mess. That does not work for my anxiety issues. And on top of it, I was throwing up about once an hour for about 1 1/2 weeks. (thank you for zofran and phenergan!) I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did. I just don't ever want to look forward to withdrawing from these meds though.
Well thankfully I'm not allergic to Celexa, I just don't like how it's going to make me feel for the first couple of weeks, lol. The stomach issues are definitely annoying. It's hard to tell if I'm hungry, full, or on the verge of puking.

Originally Posted by Moth View Post
Yeah, it is hard having to wade through feeling even more off until you feel better since you already have to struggle with the anxiety symptoms.

I hope that in a couple of weeks you will be past this and that the medication helps make the sick fluttery feelings go away.

The thing I really noticed when my meds started working is that the whole thought carousel finally seemed to have an off switch for me.
That last part will be nice to experience. There are many times I wish my brain just had an off switch.

Originally Posted by puppydog View Post
Good on you! It changed my life. I still have anxiety but it is so much more manageable now. I CAN talk myself down now as opposed to just breaking down.
The mental meltdown is what made me want to even try medication. There are many things I missed out on because my brain convinced itself I was probably going to die if I ended up doing whatever said thing was.

Originally Posted by Lyzelle View Post
I had bad reactions on Celexa and Lexapro, few others too. Made me constantly tired, definitely wasn't anxious or depressed, but I just didn't care about anything. I wasn't happy, still did not know how to be happy. I just didn't care one way or the other, and wanted to sleep.

Low dose Xanax did the trick, though. I felt legit happy and peaceful, instead of drugged and zombiefied. It was still me, just a more relaxed and peaceful me. First dose was a little wacky though. I went to fairyland. Second dose was lower, and more on target.
My doctor is hoping the Citalopram isn't going to make me a sleepy zombie, so we'll see what happens. If I feel the least bit blah and not my normal self, I'll ask to try a different medication.

Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
I agree! A friend of mine years ago told me she tried two or three different SSRIs before she found one that worked right for her. She was on one for a while that made her feel empty and blank, no highs or lows, just NOTHING. She hated it. They put her on something else and it was much better. I don't know which drugs they were though, I don't think she told me and even if she had I doubt I'd remember anymore.
I'd call the doc and see if they want to switch your dosage or have you just try to stick it out for now.
I'm supposed to stick it out for two weeks. I'm just a wimp.

Originally Posted by RD View Post
Like others have said, it does get a lot better. I don't have experience with celexa, but I know when starting on seroquel I am just totally beaten down and tired. I experienced irritability because of the drowsiness the drug caused, but you build up a tolerance to that effect, and it gets much better.

I would still inform your dr. about the effects it's having on you, though. Doses do need to be tweaked sometimes.
Maybe the irritability was from me feeling like I hadn't slept my entire life. I was grumpy, I just wasn't sure what was causing me to be so snappy.

Originally Posted by CharlieDog View Post
I'm on Xanax for anxiety. I take it when I start having a panic attack and it takes everything down to a manageable level for me. Like someone else said the first dose and you are in fairyland. Everything is great life is beautiful, and I wasn't a zombie. It shuts my brain UP not OFF which is what I wanted. Its helped me start creating again, and while I still need to have my SD with me for other reasons it helps me not flip out. My side affects are that I end up getting caught in a stim loop more often, but I'm less worried about it, less paranoid and more able to function close to "normal"

I take it as needed though, not everyday. I will warn you, it can be extremely addictive. Extremely. Depending on your personality type you may want to avoid it.
That's why I think I might just need an everyday medication. (I guess my doctor came to that same conclusion, lol.) I don't have panic attacks, I just get anxious about everything. Some things are worse than others, but nearly everything is a reason to worry. I still plan on asking about Xanax, so we'll see what he says.

Originally Posted by iwantmypup View Post
I am currently on Celexa, and it's totally been working. But everyone's different.
When I first started it, I noticed the difference in a little less than two weeks. Honestly if it doesn't help for the next weeks to come, try something else, but for now I'd stick it out.
I'm hoping it works. We'll see. Hopefully the death feeling last less than two weeks.

Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
They put me on zoloft for a while and I felt awful for months. When it ran out, I just didn't go back and haven't been on anything since. I'm doing much better now managing things on my own. Couldn't take that apathetic feeling all the time. I really felt nothing at all while on it.
I get through life just fine managing things myself, I guess I've just always wondered if I'd feel better on medication. We'll see. Sometimes dealing with it myself gets to be such a chore. If it makes me feel too 'off' I would have no problem not taking a medication.

Originally Posted by CharlieDog View Post
They want to put me on an SSRI but I do not want to. I'm not depressed, just retarded
LOL! Trust me, I had those same exact thoughts. Even Adam asked me "Why are you on an anti-depressant? You have anxiety. Take it back."

Instead of writing a million individual thank yous, I'll just write one big one: THANK YOU! Everyone's experience and advice has been amazingly helpful. (If I missed anyone while multi-quoting, I'm sorry!)
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