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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

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I started on 10mg Lexapro about 8 days ago and have seen a real change in my emotional state and my family has commented that I am a much happier person. Just found out today that my insurance will NOT cover Lexapro so my doctor changed me to the generic version of Celexa, I am hopeful that it will continue to work the same and I will be back to my normal self or better in a couple of weeks. I am on 20mg Celexa and 50mg Trazodone to help me sleep and I feel alot better.

I was just diganosed with S.A.D. (Seasonal Apptitude Disorder) after several years of suffering and not knowing why I got so sad and lethergic in the winter months. I am very hopeful that the medication works and I can finally enjoy the holiday season.

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I went on citalopram for 18 months during 2007-8. I came off it last summer. Then I had a bad patch, and I've been back on it for four weeks now.

I had a lot of trouble with excessive sleepiness in the second and third weeks, and a few other side effects. I just felt ill.

However, for the last 8 days I've noticed a very marked improvement. I've suddenly started taking joy in things again, feeling enthusiasm for my studies and my future career, noticing the sun shining and the birds singing, enjoyed joining a choir, started laughing with my friends again, have found myself singing along to music and dancing... My friends say they've noticed a huge difference in me. I don't wake up every morning with that feeling of heavy, black dread. My shoulders actually feel lighter and it's like my eyes are clearer - there's no longer a thick mental and visual 'fog' separating me from feeling part of the 'real world'.

Today I had the best day I've had since maybe September, or maybe even a year ago. I think the sense of the darkness I was feeling just a few weeks ago just gave me a huge sense of joy and relief in the lovely little things of today.

I know there will be hard times ahead, but it's wonderful to be able to feel this for a while.

Now I need to get back my concentration for my work, and my motivation and drive to get it done!

Love this drug. (and no, citalopram company aren't paying me to say it!)

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Success for me too! Celexa has worked wonders for me, with very mild side-effects. A little tired on day 3-4 and slightly emotional on day 27, thats it! Started out with 20mgs and was increased to 30mgs after 4wks. Drs. intent is to continueously increase dosage until the desired results are achieved. I have taken numerous AD's, all with horrid side-effects [rapid heart-beat, vomiting, elevated blood-pressure and full body rashes, tics, etc...] and after all this suffering, I saw no improvement. However, I felt better after taking the first dose of Celexa and for the first time in a long time I felt elated with hope that this medication would be my answer. :rose:

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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

I've been taking Lexapro for about 5 weeks now. Started on 5mg to ease into the side effects for the first week. Been taking 10mg for 4 weeks now. I'm not really feeling anything positive. Just kinda foggy headed and it blurs my vision a little. I also yawn alot. The side effects aren't that bad but I'm not sure what the benefits are supposed to feel like. What should I expect? Does it just kick in one day, or gradually? What does it feel like? I've read that it usually starts to work after 4 weeks. Maybe this isn't the right one for me. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I always have a really hard time going to sleep and once I finally do, I cant's wake up in the morning. My biggest problem is I'm always tired during the day and get really nervous around people. Which makes me really sad and anti-social. This has been a problem ever since childhood. A friend of mine is on Cymbalta and loves it. I heard it was really expensive though. Any advice?

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hi Wayne,

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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

I've been taking Lexapro for about 5 weeks now. Started on 5mg to ease into the side effects for the first week. Been taking 10mg for 4 weeks now. I'm not really feeling anything positive. Just kinda foggy headed and it blurs my vision a little. I also yawn alot. The side effects aren't that bad but I'm not sure what the benefits are supposed to feel like. What should I expect? Does it just kick in one day, or gradually? What does it feel like? I've read that it usually starts to work after 4 weeks. Maybe this isn't the right one for me. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I always have a really hard time going to sleep and once I finally do, I cant's wake up in the morning. My biggest problem is I'm always tired during the day and get really nervous around people. Which makes me really sad and anti-social. This has been a problem ever since childhood. A friend of mine is on Cymbalta and loves it. I heard it was really expensive though. Any advice?

Hi Wayne and Welcome,

Although this topic is for success stories, I'm glad you took the time to post how things were going for you. Everyone reacts diffrently to medication, so whrer some people ma see a difference right away...others its takeslonger to see benefits to any medicaton. I would tr to give the Lexapro a full 8 weeks and if you truly feel things haven't changed, it may be time to talk to your doctor about something else. If your thinking of switching to another medication why not visit the specific room here in our forums to educate yourself o what to expect.

Good Luck and please let us know how things go.

hi Wayne,

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Hi All,

I've been on celexa since Early Feb 09, so about 2 months. It truly has helped me conquer my anxiety and depression. I'm on 40 mg/day and finally feel like "my old self" again. Please don't give up on the drug until you've been on it for at least 4 weeks... this drug takes a while to build up in your system.

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I have been on citalopram since the end of January, 20 mg. It has worked well for me. I no longer have those deep down times of depression and overwhelming sadness. While I do have down days, they are very tolerable now. I am still working on the issues that got me to that dark place.

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I have been on citalopram since the end of January, 20 mg. It has worked well for me. I no longer have those deep down times of depression and overwhelming sadness. While I do have down days, they are very tolerable now. I am still working on the issues that got me to that dark place.

Hi JMB,

So glad to hear of your success with Celexa. Hope it contimues to help and that you get through those issues.

When I added lexapro to my previously prescribed AD, I saw results in only a few weeks time....so I really believe in these two medications

Thanks for sharing

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My 2 cents,

I was taking 20mg Lexapro for several years and it worked wonders on my depression and anxiety, but I had completely lost my libido, so my doctor switched me to 40mgs Celexa, which has worked very well. I think the Lexapro worked better on the anxiety, but I haven't been taking Celexa long enough to really tell. Here's to meds that work!

Metta

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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

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I agree with happy days 08 I've had wonderful success with Lexapro for severe depression. As others have said you need to work through the first 4-5 weeks. The side effects make living with the depression worse at first but stay with it and you will be glad you did.

I found that taking 1 omega 3 oil capsule and 1 vitiman B complex tablet with the lexapro improved my mood noticeably.

I did have trouble sleeping at first so my Physician gave me a weak dose of lorenzapam (generic for Activan) which I used sparingly and it did a lot to help me sleep.

After 6 weeks on Lexapro I am a bit more tired than normal but basically I' living at 90-95%. I am happy, working doing hobbies and jobs around the house and have resumed a normal life. This is in strong contrast to 6 weeks ago when I could barely work and had no desire to leave the house.

I'm thankful my Physician prescribed this medication and that my supportive wife talked me into staying on it when I wanted to quit.

Best to all.

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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

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I agree with happy days 08 I've had wonderful success with Lexapro for severe depression. As others have said you need to work through the first 4-5 weeks. The side effects make living with the depression worse at first but stay with it and you will be glad you did.

I found that taking 1 omega 3 oil capsule and 1 vitiman B complex tablet with the lexapro improved my mood noticeably.

I did have trouble sleeping at first so my Physician gave me a weak dose of lorenzapam (generic for Activan) which I used sparingly and it did a lot to help me sleep.

After 6 weeks on Lexapro I am a bit more tired than normal but basically I' living at 90-95%. I am happy, working doing hobbies and jobs around the house and have resumed a normal life. This is in strong contrast to 6 weeks ago when I could barely work and had no desire to leave the house.

I'm thankful my Physician prescribed this medication and that my supportive wife talked me into staying on it when I wanted to quit.

Best to all.

Hi jbstoltzfus and :hearts:

Thanks for taking the time to post your success with Lexapro! Sounds like its doing wonderfully for you and its great you have the support of your spouse. This is a great forum so be sure to look around for insight and feel free to support others who may need to hear positive experiences from the medicine.

Take Care,

Darken

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My 2 cents,

I was taking 20mg Lexapro for several years and it worked wonders on my depression and anxiety, but I had completely lost my libido, so my doctor switched me to 40mgs Celexa, which has worked very well. I think the Lexapro worked better on the anxiety, but I haven't been taking Celexa long enough to really tell. Here's to meds that work!

Metta

Sorry if I'm in wrong area to post this but saw your posting and needed to ask if you tapered off the Lexapro before starting Celexa or just switch from one to other? I'm tapering off Lexapro and want to try Celexa but wasn't sure if I should have time in between. How long have you been on the Celexa?

Thanks, Karen

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My 2 cents,

I was taking 20mg Lexapro for several years and it worked wonders on my depression and anxiety, but I had completely lost my libido, so my doctor switched me to 40mgs Celexa, which has worked very well. I think the Lexapro worked better on the anxiety, but I haven't been taking Celexa long enough to really tell. Here's to meds that work!

Metta

Sorry if I'm in wrong area to post this but saw your posting and needed to ask if you tapered off the Lexapro before starting Celexa or just switch from one to other? I'm tapering off Lexapro and want to try Celexa but wasn't sure if I should have time in between. How long have you been on the Celexa?

Thanks, Karen

Hi Karen,

Your doctor can tell you what's the best route to take when switching between these two. I've heard from many people that they switched right over with no tapering and others who literally were told to wean of the lexapro before starting the celexa. Logically you would think that you could switch right over, but definitely see what your doctor has to say.

Take Care,

Mike

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Hi Karen,

Everone is different, but per my MDs instructions, I did kind of an overlap. I took 1/2 dose of Lex and 1/2 dose Celexa for 10 days, then full dose of Celexa. I did feel kind of spacey for a few days when I switched. It took me about three or four weeks until I adjusted to the Celexa completely, but I'm okay now. Let me know how it goes.

~Juli

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It is always nice for those starting a new med to be able to read about a person for whom the medicine did what it should. For me I take 20mg Lex along with 6 mg Klonopin Daily. This has done wonders, and everything I hoped to accomplish has happened. If Lex / Celexa has done good things for you , please sheare them hear. It will definitely help those that are just starting the med, and are weary about it.

Hello,

My Pdoc put me on Wellbutrin and within a few days it put me out of my mind. Rage, depression worsened, hallucinations, etc. Needless, to day I quit taking the stuff. During this period, my doc said he was going to review my med history. Several years ago I was put on Lexapro but it didn't seem to help much. That was before I was diagnosed with BP I. According to the Lex website Lex is not recommend for folks with BP. However, the first time I was on it I wasn't taking it in conjunction with a mood stabilizer. Yesterday I went to my doc and he put me on it again. He said that because I was now taking a mood stabilizer things should work out quite well.

For the six weeks I was on Wellbutrin I was going through severe SSRI withdrawals since Wellbutrin is not an SSRI. I had the usual brain zaps and really bad titinus (buzzing in the ears). I got home from the doc at about 12:30 p.m. and took 20mg of Lex. At about 6:30 p.m. my with withdrawal symptoms has vanished! The doc said it was pretty fast acting but I never thought I would act that fast.

Last night was the first night I actually got a full nights sleep. When I was on Wellbutrin I was waking up at two or three in the morning and was up to stay so I was only getting about three to four hours of sleep a night. Bad news. Sleep deprivation can also cause some serious problems. Woke up this morning and my SSRI withdrawal symptoms are still gone.

Needless, to say I feel like me again.

In short, I take 20mg of Lexapro once a day, 100mg Lamictal (a mood stabilizer) once a day, and, Klonpin 2mg twice daily for my anxiety. So far so good. When I was on it the first time I tolerated it really well. The only thing that I'm experiencing now is sleepiness but I'm sure that will diminish with time.

I've read so many bad stories about folks who have taken Lexapro. The thing to remember is everyone's system is different. We all handle meds in different ways. Meds are not once size fits all. If it we're that simple it would be a piece of cake. Like my doc said: "Hey, this is trial and error." Psychiatry is not an exact science. He's an honest man.

Gareth

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I am on lexapro 10mg since August 2008.

I jumped to 15mg on February 2009, till now and I never felt better. I have also been at therapy and practicing myself some CBT.

The only thing that bothers me is what will happen when I will stop it, as I read extreme withdrawal side effects on the web.

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I am on lexapro 10mg since August 2008.

I jumped to 15mg on February 2009, till now and I never felt better. I have also been at therapy and practicing myself some CBT.

The only thing that bothers me is what will happen when I will stop it, as I read extreme withdrawal side effects on the web.

Hi Xapia,

I guess it all depends on what you're taking it for: depression, BP, ect. You're right about withdrawals but that is true of any SSRI. Do you suffer from Clinical Depression or are you Bipolar like me? The reason I ask is that both of them are irreversible since both are chemical imbalances in the brain. I will have to be on medication for the rest of my life. But, hey, I rather takes meds than be where I was.

You say you're feeling better and that is wonderful so my question is why would you want to stop? Again, it depends on why you where prescribed Lex in the first place. Maybe you could give me some more information.

Best wishes,

Gareth

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Now is my fourth time on Celexa. I don't know if the second, third and fourth time I was on it it helped at all. But the first time was wonderful. I was on it for about 7 months that first time. I took half a tablet-- 10 mg-- nad was giddy for half the day. Then when the giddiness wore off, I took the other half of the tablet and was giddy for the other half of the day too. I went shopping and was picking out clothes in stormy blue and mud brown, and planning on going back to a site I hadn't been to in almost 2 years, and starting a commune. And then I went back to that site and planned the commune and I was a huge success there. I posted so much, I helped so many people with their issues, and I was popular. I had about 100 friends on that site. Even the moderators loved me... something that I had never experienced before. I had always had run-ins with moderators on other boards I'd been on. Like in the Myst community. I still do sometimes in the autistic community, but I love them so it's okay, we all love each other I suppose. I met 4 guys on WP who wanted to be my boyfriend. One of them I met in a thread he started about being depressed and going to the VA and getting Celexa, and I gave him some of my experience with Celexa, and we started talking from there and became best friends. I got to know a lot of people on WP who were on Celexa, too, including some girls my age. Celexa even increased my sex drive, as odd as that may seem, probably because it made me less depressed. It had an immediate affect on my social anxiety too. I went from looking in every direction thinking I was going to get shot in the street to being friendly and popular with everyone. After the giddiness side effect passed, I went down a little, and got depressed all over again, but then soon after that the real effect of the Celexa kicked in, about a month or 2 after I started taking it, and it worked on me until I stopped taking it.

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I started taking Cipralex (the European name for Lexapro) in december of last year, to help get me out of the rut I was in. I basically felt dull and unmotivated and I wasn't getting anywhere in my life.

I took 10 mg for two whole months without ANY positive effect whatsoever (only the common side effects like yawning, blurred vision, occasional headaches). I wondered how the effect was supposed to feel, and was getting skeptical about this drug working for me at all.

Then, in february, my doc upped the dosage to 20 mg. After two weeks on the higher dosage I knew what it feels like! It was like a veil was lifted off me. I stopped worrying and just got a lot looser, more light-hearted, more socially outgoing, more talkative, etc. I felt like I could just be myself without second-guessing myself at every turn. I am now building relationships in a way I've never really been able to before. It feels great and I feel like my life is on the right track.

A new side effect popped up shortly after I started taking 20 mg: excessive sweating. This problem predictably got a lot worse after summer rolled around. I thought, "well, I'm feeling pretty great, if only I didn't have this one problem!" So I called my doc to see if there was anything she could prescribe to counteract this bothersome side effect. She didn't know of anything, but online I found some references to the allergy drug Periactin (cyproheptadine) possibly being fit for just this purpose. My doc was willing to let me try it, and it works! Now I have no complaints and am enjoying summer in Iceland (my home country). Life is good! :)

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My 2 cents,

I was taking 20mg Lexapro for several years and it worked wonders on my depression and anxiety, but I had completely lost my libido, so my doctor switched me to 40mgs Celexa, which has worked very well. I think the Lexapro worked better on the anxiety, but I haven't been taking Celexa long enough to really tell. Here's to meds that work!

Metta

Hi: Just wondered if you're still taking the 40mg Celexa and how its working for you. I did start the Celexa after Lexapro. Started @ 10mg and then went to 20mg 2 wks later. So I've been on 20mg Celexa since middle of May and am now thinking I need to up my dosage by at least 5mg maybe 10mg. I can feel the depression starting over the last few wks and once again I don't have much motivation. Thanks for any suggestions.

Karen

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Hello,

I have been taking Cipralex for 1 week now and started taking after lossing control over my anxiety. Normal I can cotrol it through healthy eating and being active. When I started taking it I had several side effects; drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vision problems and clay coloured stools. Most of the side effects are gone at this point and at this point I am just having problems with the tiredness/drowsiness and trying to go to work feeling this way has not been fun, but it is worth it.

They say two - three weeks before the effects of this drug kicks in and I am hoping to feel even better soon. The first day I took it I felt like the world had changed and then the anxiety came back, slowley getting better. Did anyone feel that way when they took it on the first day? I also found I have not much of an appetite, which has been nice! I still eat but not as much... One other effect I found was arousal, which has decreased alittle.

I just wanted to share how I felt about this drug. I dont think I knew how much my anxiety controlled by life...

Josh

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HI Chase,

It can actually be between 6-8 weeks to feel the full effect of the meds so hang in a while. An increase in anxiety is very common initially but this is a very good drug for controlling anxiety in the long-term. When I started celexa my appetite decreased for a couple of weeks but then it came back with abundance so just watch out for that. I didn't realise how much I was eating at first. This drug can unfortunately decrease your level of arousal significantly, it's one of the most common complaints. But remember that everyone is different. I hope it works out for you.

PRT xx

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HI Chase,

It can actually be between 6-8 weeks to feel the full effect of the meds so hang in a while. An increase in anxiety is very common initially but this is a very good drug for controlling anxiety in the long-term. When I started celexa my appetite decreased for a couple of weeks but then it came back with abundance so just watch out for that. I didn't realise how much I was eating at first. This drug can unfortunately decrease your level of arousal significantly, it's one of the most common complaints. But remember that everyone is different. I hope it works out for you.

PRT xx

Thank you for the input! I hope my appetite does not come back lol... But Ill keep an eye on it.

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