Accidentally prescribed with Citalopram, but it works?

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After almost two months of being on Zoloft and experiencing nothing good from the SSRI, my doctor suggested that I switch to Lexapro (escitalopram). I agreed and got the prescription the next day. Because there is such a small difference between escitalopram and citalopram, I hadn't even noticed it until today, that I was actually prescribed with Celexa instead of Lexapro. 

Even though I know Citalopram is typically used for treating depression, I've found that it's actually had a positive effect on my anxiety as well. I was having mild depression from the Zoloft anyway, so it does definitely help with that. A few days in now and I'm feeling better than I ever did on the Zoloft. I have much more energy and my anxiety and health anxiety has definitely decreased a bit as well. 

I sent a message to my doctor asking what they wanted to do about this but I honestly hope I can stay on the citalopram because it does seem to be doing something already. Are there any other positive stories about this SSRI working well for anxiety? Especially health anxiety? I have to say, this seems to be a rather nice accident!

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    Sounds like it is the right med for you!

    did you just stop taking one and start taking the other?

    No trouble with side effect?

    Considering that you still have a way to go before you reach the full effect, it really sounds like you're on the med. celexa is known to work well for anxiety. 



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      My doctor had me take the Zoloft one last day and then switch to the new SSRI the next day, since I was on a rather low dose of the Zoloft (50mg). 

      No trouble with side effects so far, however I won't be surprised if I get some in the future. At this point, I'm just still dealing with the fatigue, insomnia, depersonalization and vivid dreams from the Zoloft. 

      I am definitely liking the Celexa so far, even though it seemed to have been a mistake to give it to me! Hope I can stay on it and keep working on getting my anxiety under control.

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    I was prescribed citalopram for my health anxiety, it kind of works for me but I've only been on it a month or so. Recently had my dose upped to 20mg, i don't worry about my anxiety symptoms half as much as I used to, and my panic attacks have really calmed down they were about 4-5 times a week now it's barely 1 a week. This is the first ssri I've tried though so probably why it's taken me a bit longer to feel the effects, sounds like it's right for you so well done :-)

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    Hi there yes celexa works great for anxiety, I had no depression but different really bad with health anxiety to the point I was a prisoner in my own home. I been on it for a bit now on 30mg and it has really helped. Just A heads up I know ure feeling much better now, but his med does take a little while for u to see full benefits. 6-8 weeks and don't be surprised u get hit with side effects here shortly, major one u may notice is heighten anxiety, loss of appetite, shakiness etc dont Let tham scared u they will pass. Or u may be the lucky one and have zero side effects.. smile good luck with your journey...

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      Agh, I had all of those side effects and more when I was on the Zoloft. So I'm definitely used to them at this point, if I end up getting them eventually. It's good to hear that it's not just good for depression, but anxiety as well! I hope I'll be able to stick with this medication, seeing as it's going well so far.

      I also definitely understand the health anxiety, feeling like a prisoner in your own home. I'm glad to hear that the Celexa has helped with that for you though!

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