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Which Side Effects Have You Had From Citalopram/lexapro?

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I've been taking Citalopram a little over a year and a half, and other than a little nausea and headaches at the beginning, have not experienced any side effects from it. I was just wondering what everyone else's experience has been.

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Hi bayosgirl87,

If I remember correctly, I had nausea, beating heart, headache and general feeling of being sick, horrible depression and I kept grinding my teeth. I was like this for a month.

I get nausea, beating heart and headache when I increase the dose, but that is only for a few days.

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NO side effects!!!! My sexual function is back and i never had nausea or vomitting like so many report. Feeling great! On 10mg lexapro

teeth clenching x100.. i hate it

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Not on it now but when I was I had sexual problems.

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Hmmmm the only side effect would be - if I don't take it at the same time of the day i get mild withdrawl feelings and irratiable - (citalopram for 1 yr)

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ive been one cipralex for 1 year and abit. first 3 mths 10 mg.... tired as fuzz for days in and out, very stupid and forgetful. crying mode when im driving or alone but would never know why i wanted to cry. no feelings at all, got into two fights had no morals or affection... im not a bully or ******* i just felt cold blooded i didnt feel like myself. i didnt care as much as i used when i wasnt on any meds. dox said cipralex is a really good drug... it felt i had no choice but to take it, i lost alot of weight then gained it after the 7th month on cipralex, the last time that i seen my doc which was town weeks ago he cut my pill in half and being on it for almost a year now i feel 90 percent better on 5 mg.... i just cut the pill and takem' every monring rather at night it helps cuz at night the drug keeps me up... at 10 mg thou it really put me out of place while i was on the drug 5 mths in id feel like getting a atttack and it would go away quickly... i noticed when being with certain girls i get it.... i dunno why quite crazy, i was on two dates both women were brown in colour, first one had a mad anxity attack.... second same thing but not as bad.... i still dont know what it is if it them or not.... now that im not seeing them i feel fine.... its confusing with me.. after them i was randomly trying out dating.... i dont seem to have any issues with myself with white girls... ?? werid? i dunno i just hope you get better and not have to take any sorts of drugs.... cipralex thou i think is best..... from experience and reading so much.... my theory 20mg winding down to 10 every day intsead of 20 every other day and then and then 10 mg winding to 5 mg etc... u get the point....... and 10 mg a day winding down to 5 mg daily is what im taking now and i cant be more happy i feel better with a dosage not missed but at a lower dosage.... i dont believe it is right to upset the cycle buy having it in your body one day and not the next....?? very unstable.... neways i talk to much please let me know how your coping with your health........ merry christmas

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Hi

I am new to the forum... I am trying to go off Lexapro. I was on it 4 years, for depression. Dose was, for the last year, 40 mg daily, 50 mg when I was premenstrual. I have been trying to wean off it since August, first by taking 150 mg Wellbutrin daily along with decreasing doses of Lexapro; now I am on 300 mg. Wellbutrin as well as 25 mg Lamictal (dose will be increasing) but had stopped Lexapro when my Wellbutrin dose increased and Lamictal was added. I am still experiencing a lot of "brain shocks" from Lexapro as well as mood swings, sometimes pretty bad ones, crying for little or no reason, feeling really angry, bad mood and outlook, etc. I spoke to my psychiatrist today and he was kind of at a loss; told me to add 10 mg of the Lexapro on the days I feel really bad. So I did today and I feel more stable but truthfully I hate taking even one medication now am on three?? Considering trying Neurostar TMS, which my doc's office has, but still unsure about it. (A little info about other meds I was on: first started with Wellbutrin 6 years ago - took that for a few months, decided I didn't want to take meds. Not too long after that I saw I really needed to take meds so went on Zoloft which worked really well for a year or so and then I decided didn't want to take meds again. Well that didn't exactly work out so my next drug was Lexapro. Psych later added Adderall to help with my weight gain complaints and I noticed how it also improved my concentration and mood but I made myself stop using that as it didn't really help me to lose weight after a certain point and also I wasn't sleeping.)

So, in a nutshell, I would say my side effects while taking Lexapro were : drowsiness, weight gain (main reason I insisted switching to Wellbutrin), and my sex life was not as good as it had been (def better on Wellbutrin). I would also say that my nightly teeth grinding and daily jaw clenching worsened , too, although I didn't realize that could have been a side effect until I read some of these posts. I always had that problem in a big way, anyway, but dentist had commented on more wear on my teeth in the last year or two. Also, something the psych found interesting: I would experience those brain shocks whenever I was premenstrual and that's why he had me add the extra 10 mg (to the normal dose of 40) daily at that time. The brain shocks are the worst thing, I think. Of course weight gain is not a great thing, either lol.

Hope that helps and if anyone has any suggestions for me I would love to hear them!

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Three major side effects

  1. Delayed ejaculation. I could typically last a little longer than the average before taking Cipralex but after I started I found that I tired out before I could finish. Really messed with my head because I found it embarrassing. When we were having sex, my wife would mention it to me and it sounded like she was disappointed in me and so I started to push her away and our sex life declined drastically (keep in mind, we were in the first year of marriage and had quite an active sex life prior to Cipralex)
  2. Chattering teeth/jaw clenching. Not noticeable to anyone but I could feel my jaw tremble, similar to my teeth chattering when I was cold. Would find myself clenching my jaw at other times to the point where my jaw muscles were really sore
  3. Bruising. This has gone away, but I was getting weird bruises, particularly on my legs. The weirdest one was my eye; I went to put in my contacts and I ended up looking like I had a black eye.

I've been off Cipralex for a week now and on Celexa. Haven't seen any evidence of 3), 2) is still there, and currently my wife and I are apart so can't really tell you about 1)

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Ugh.. both Celexa and Lexapro DID NOT work for me veryangry.gif

I started Celexa when I was 14, and stayed on it for about and year and a bit.

First side effect that I noticed... EXTREME weight loss. Its hard to me to believe when people report weight gain from Celexa. I started at 141 lbs, and within 3 months I was down to 115 lbs. (Keep in mind that i'm 5'8" so at 115 pounds I looked disgusting..) Celexa took away all my desire to eat, and becuase of it I became severely anorexic.

Second, (and worst) side effect, Sexual dysfunction. Inability to orgasm, and basically.. I just felt numb down there. Sex feels like nothing. Ive been off of Celexa for 2 or 3 years now and I still don't know what sex feels like :( It still lingers with me, and i'm starting to wonder if i'll ever recover. Its a horrible, horrible relationship killer...

Another thing to mention was that while on Celexa, I didnt feel depressed per se, but I dont remember feeling very happy. Kind of like a numbness, monotone feeling.

Lexapro was a whooole different story. Tried if for a week, and it was the worst week of my life. Nausea, Migraines, Chest Pain, Insomnia, Vomiting..

I felt High, and not a good high. My mom even commented that I had dialated pupils. I'm glad i didnt continue on it. My doctor pushed me to stay on it and wait out the side effects, but I've heard sooo many stories about extreme weight gain on lexapro... thats the last thing I want verysad3.gif

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Citalopram caused me an EXTREME migraine. I just started on it two days ago. The first day I was fine, but then the second day, my headache was so bad, I couldn't lift my head of the pillow. I had to call in work because I was so sick. There was nausea as well, but I am cutting a wisdom tooth, which caused me to be nauseous in the past, so I can't definitively say it was the medication. BUT, I still have headache today. Also, clenching of jaw and grinding of teeth which is not helping the wisdom tooth that is cutting. I didn't take the pill today. I know I should have because everyone says the symptoms go away after a couple of days, but that headache was not worth it. I was also unable to sleep on it. My mind was wondering more than without it and my anxiety level shot through the roof. I am better off without it. I am going to doctor tomorrow to try and switch meds.

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Big nausea, excessive fatigue, insomnia, a little bit of jaw clenching and my appetite's vanished, I'm shrinking. Luckily no sexual dysfunction :)

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Does this sexual dysfunction for men tend to go away, or is it just part of the deal?

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SquareOne-sometimes side effects go away in time, sometimes they don't. One thing you could try is reducing your dose. When I increased mine from 20 to 40 mg, I was unable to orgasm. That lasted about a week before I was fed up and went back to 20. Problem solved. sigh.gif

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Hey, i noticed you said you stopped taken your meds at certain times. was that you or your doc telling you to stop them? gaining weight too? honestly it helps alot if your active in the gym no matter how bad you feel. from experience i feel better on days i work out, i was on cipralex for 1 year 10 mg aday every morning, and now taking 5 mg aday. my only advice is for you to do more research and tell your doctor how you feel, im not a fan of any meds just like you but all i can say is you should stick with cipralex if anything it does work, it worked for many people but you have to be patient with it and i winding off any drug should be smaller dosages everyday rather than your full dosage ever other day... well i hope to catch up with you more!! take care

Hi

I am new to the forum... I am trying to go off Lexapro. I was on it 4 years, for depression. Dose was, for the last year, 40 mg daily, 50 mg when I was premenstrual. I have been trying to wean off it since August, first by taking 150 mg Wellbutrin daily along with decreasing doses of Lexapro; now I am on 300 mg. Wellbutrin as well as 25 mg Lamictal (dose will be increasing) but had stopped Lexapro when my Wellbutrin dose increased and Lamictal was added. I am still experiencing a lot of "brain shocks" from Lexapro as well as mood swings, sometimes pretty bad ones, crying for little or no reason, feeling really angry, bad mood and outlook, etc. I spoke to my psychiatrist today and he was kind of at a loss; told me to add 10 mg of the Lexapro on the days I feel really bad. So I did today and I feel more stable but truthfully I hate taking even one medication now am on three?? Considering trying Neurostar TMS, which my doc's office has, but still unsure about it. (A little info about other meds I was on: first started with Wellbutrin 6 years ago - took that for a few months, decided I didn't want to take meds. Not too long after that I saw I really needed to take meds so went on Zoloft which worked really well for a year or so and then I decided didn't want to take meds again. Well that didn't exactly work out so my next drug was Lexapro. Psych later added Adderall to help with my weight gain complaints and I noticed how it also improved my concentration and mood but I made myself stop using that as it didn't really help me to lose weight after a certain point and also I wasn't sleeping.)

So, in a nutshell, I would say my side effects while taking Lexapro were : drowsiness, weight gain (main reason I insisted switching to Wellbutrin), and my sex life was not as good as it had been (def better on Wellbutrin). I would also say that my nightly teeth grinding and daily jaw clenching worsened , too, although I didn't realize that could have been a side effect until I read some of these posts. I always had that problem in a big way, anyway, but dentist had commented on more wear on my teeth in the last year or two. Also, something the psych found interesting: I would experience those brain shocks whenever I was premenstrual and that's why he had me add the extra 10 mg (to the normal dose of 40) daily at that time. The brain shocks are the worst thing, I think. Of course weight gain is not a great thing, either lol.

Hope that helps and if anyone has any suggestions for me I would love to hear them!

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Had some headaches in the beginning, sexual problems (kinda still persists) and panic attacks.

Tho I do think my meds are working. I was not able to cry before. Now atleast I can cry. With tears wich is unusual for me.

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The fatigue I experienced while on lexapro was debilitating. I was sleeping 14 hours a day on average and only really got up to eat or go to work. At work all I could think about was sleep, no exaggeration.

I felt extremely relaxed and actually kind of enjoyed that sedated feeling when I had nothing to do, but it's not practical for everyday use for me. I was on it for less than a month, so I couldn't really gauge how effective it might have been.

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Been on Citolopram (Cipralex/Cylift and now generic Citolopram) for 4 years and 3 months. Dosage was 10mg for 6 weeks, then 20mg for 1 years then 40 mg till now. Initial symptoms were yawning and dry mouth. These lasted the first few weeks. Still have a dry mouth more often than not. Bigest side effect was weight gain... 34kg(75lb) over the whole period, mainly on belly and breasts. Eating habits haven't changed too much and for the last 9 months I've been activly trying to lose weight to no effect (have actually still gained weight). So am considering going off meds to lose the weight (also want to try for baby) and will see how it goes. Am just a bit worried about withdrawal symptoms....

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Lexapro made me feel sick and very tired. I was falling asleep in class and sleeping as soon as I got home,. Therefore, no homework was getting done.

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I get abit of nausea but I find if I can eat something after iI take my dose it helps. Only been on a full dose 20mg since Wed.

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I started taking Lexapro about 2 weeks ago. So far it's given me pretty nasty insomnia, headaches, a general "fuzzy" feeling, and the jaw clenching a few other posters mentioned. I'm seeing my doctor soon about the insomnia cos it's making it really hard to function well.

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I have had the 10 mg Lexapro for about a week now and still haven't started taking it cause I am scared of how the side effects will affect me. I am a stay-at-home mom and can't be completely out of it with my son at home. Any suggestions on what to expect the first few weeks on this dosage?

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Hey, i noticed you said you stopped taken your meds at certain times. was that you or your doc telling you to stop them? gaining weight too? honestly it helps alot if your active in the gym no matter how bad you feel. from experience i feel better on days i work out, i was on cipralex for 1 year 10 mg aday every morning, and now taking 5 mg aday. my only advice is for you to do more research and tell your doctor how you feel, im not a fan of any meds just like you but all i can say is you should stick with cipralex if anything it does work, it worked for many people but you have to be patient with it and i winding off any drug should be smaller dosages everyday rather than your full dosage ever other day... well i hope to catch up with you more!! take care

Hi

I am new to the forum... I am trying to go off Lexapro. I was on it 4 years, for depression. Dose was, for the last year, 40 mg daily, 50 mg when I was premenstrual. I have been trying to wean off it since August, first by taking 150 mg Wellbutrin daily along with decreasing doses of Lexapro; now I am on 300 mg. Wellbutrin as well as 25 mg Lamictal (dose will be increasing) but had stopped Lexapro when my Wellbutrin dose increased and Lamictal was added. I am still experiencing a lot of "brain shocks" from Lexapro as well as mood swings, sometimes pretty bad ones, crying for little or no reason, feeling really angry, bad mood and outlook, etc. I spoke to my psychiatrist today and he was kind of at a loss; told me to add 10 mg of the Lexapro on the days I feel really bad. So I did today and I feel more stable but truthfully I hate taking even one medication now am on three?? Considering trying Neurostar TMS, which my doc's office has, but still unsure about it. (A little info about other meds I was on: first started with Wellbutrin 6 years ago - took that for a few months, decided I didn't want to take meds. Not too long after that I saw I really needed to take meds so went on Zoloft which worked really well for a year or so and then I decided didn't want to take meds again. Well that didn't exactly work out so my next drug was Lexapro. Psych later added Adderall to help with my weight gain complaints and I noticed how it also improved my concentration and mood but I made myself stop using that as it didn't really help me to lose weight after a certain point and also I wasn't sleeping.)

So, in a nutshell, I would say my side effects while taking Lexapro were : drowsiness, weight gain (main reason I insisted switching to Wellbutrin), and my sex life was not as good as it had been (def better on Wellbutrin). I would also say that my nightly teeth grinding and daily jaw clenching worsened , too, although I didn't realize that could have been a side effect until I read some of these posts. I always had that problem in a big way, anyway, but dentist had commented on more wear on my teeth in the last year or two. Also, something the psych found interesting: I would experience those brain shocks whenever I was premenstrual and that's why he had me add the extra 10 mg (to the normal dose of 40) daily at that time. The brain shocks are the worst thing, I think. Of course weight gain is not a great thing, either lol.

Hope that helps and if anyone has any suggestions for me I would love to hear them!

Total loss of libido...

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Citalopram totally killed my sex drive. Still isn't the same as it used to be...not that I ever get any to begin with. haha... :/

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I've been on 10 mg Celexa for about 6 weeks now. First week, just an occasional headache and unbelievable yawning fits. I was hilarious for a few days the second week...kind of miss that side effect :boredsmiley:

Weeks 3-5 I Slept with my arms tightly wrapped around my head, that was weird and ended in sore shoulders when I woke up. I sucked on my bottom lip from weeks 3-4.

Since day 2-3 I am much more outgoing, can talk without stuttering and forgetting what I was going to say before finishing the sentence. This led me to be very shy my whole life. Stuff kind of blurts out so now instead of being ADD, I am more ADHD. I might talk a little too much, but am so excited that I can at all. Finally, to be able to converse!!! This is the warm, caring person, I knew was inside of me that could never get out. People have always thought I was less intelligent because I was incapable of expressing myself other than in writing. My family referred to me as "eccentric," knowing that I occasionally surprised people with making comments that showed there really was something going on "upstairs."

From weeks 2-5 I was very interested in sex, but could not orgasm. Now, that seems to be getting better (interested and can orgasm) although my spouse is a butt-head so I am interested and then look at him and think better of it.

No weight gain or loss. I am not hungry much, but tell myself to eat so eating is less compulsive and more frequently pre-planned.

I still bite nails and pick at myself, but wanted to see how 10 mg did before going up to higher doses. My Rx is for 20 mg and I split the pills, taking 1/2 at night. I don't even care that much if I am scarred physically...I can talk! Totally unexpected result, but I don't want it to go away again.

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