I had the same reactions to Celexa along with Cymbalta and Zoloft. The rash was first, then swollen face, legs, eyes, tongue-sore and tingly as well. I had a horribly sore throat and the rash there also broke out around my urethra-and other tissues. The itching was terrible, antihistamines prevented recognizing the reaction at first, keeping it subdued for a time. I have been off all SSRI's for 2 days now and my skin peeling like a sunburn and is soft and smooth for the first time in months. My throat is no longer sore and my sinus drainage, sore tongue and throat are 85% improved.
Now I am only on Xanax, claritin, meclizine-for dizzines from my ear problems, and estrogen patch. What I will do for treatment if the depression returns I do not now. That is the terrifying part. Will keep you all updated on my progress and see if the allergy is the SSRI for sure or if there is a hidden condition involved. I just want to feel physically and mentally strong and healthy.
I went completely off my AD's from June 06 to February 07, and it is possible that restarting the meds-a second exposure -I had taken each of them at some in the previous 12 years-caused a more severe reaction-they type of allergy that gets worse over time.
I am betting there are more of these reactions than reported-many people may think they have severe sinus problems.
I have been on Celexa for five years without incident, however in Apr 2009 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have gone through chemo, surgery and then radiation, while on chemo, developed a rash which remained throughout all treatments. Then, two weeks into radiation therapy my face, lips, eyes and sore throat developed. My thoughts were lymph node irritation from the rads, but ALL Docs say allergic reaction to Celexa (the only drug I was on at the time). I have since been weaned off and have not had a dose for two weeks, I still have swollen face, lips, the eyes are down a bit and the rash is better, but my question is how long does this med stay in your system, this is crazy, I feel like a crossover between Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, not to mention I'm off antidepressents which make it more magnified......If anyone has any input, I would greatly appreciate it.