Citalopram/Celexa changing my panic/anxiety attacks....

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Hi Forum Members. smile

This is my first post online reagrding my journey with Celexa. Just want to say how helpful and reassuring these forums have been for me over the last 6-8 months.

Reason for me posting is this is a thread I couldn't find anything about!

I've been on Celexa now for just over 3 months and it's been a big help getting me back into society and working. I currently take 10mg.

I'm currently at a bit of a cross roads with my meds, either considering to increase, come off or stick with the same amount.

It's based on the weird sensations I get now instead of the usual anxiety/panic attacks. Instead of the usual hot flush, feel like I'm about to faint /die (lol we've all been there) sensations, I now seem to get some heart palpitations and it's like a burning sensation in/behind my eyes. Last for a few minutes usually less than five.

Obviously the flight/fight instict kicks in right away but it kind of feels like the ceelxa then kicks in and stops this from escalating...

Sorry for the long post but thought I'd share my experience.

Would love to hear similar experiences and also advice about my cross road situation?

Thanks again and keep posting! It really helps those in a bad place when looking for reassurance in their tme of need.


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  • Posted

    At times the side effects of celexa linger for a while they come and go.and is exactly like you said the celexa blocks the feelings from getting more intense..yes I experience the same..
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    • Posted

      Thanks for the reply Lois!

      Great hearing about other peoples experiences.

      It really is a weird sensation but better than having a full blown attack!

      Have a great day smile


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    Wow Jamie I sometimes feel like I’m starting to have a panic attack but it goes away. Have you cut caffeine out of your diet. That has helped me with those weird sensations.


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    how long did it take for the effects to kick in when you started taking them
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      Hiya Aisha

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      In terms of side effects I'd say I started to not really feel the side effects after about 6 weeks.

      They were pretty minimal in the fact it didn't cause my anxiety to worsen more physical stuff like headaches and feeling sick.

      After the 6-8 week period I started to notice that I was having more good days and less bad days and then the bad days wouldn't last all day and then these became less and less.

      Don't get me wrong I still have bad days whilst taking the medication but I can ignore the anxiety much better than previously.

      In total I'd say it took about 8-9 weeks for me to see the true benefit and i've kept improving and a slow and steady pace.

      How are you getting on, hope you're well!

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      hi, thank you for replying smile

      I am now on week 7 of citalopram and ive seen small changes, such as less frequent panic attacks

      however i think its too early to be getting the full benefit yet

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      Yeah absolutley!

      Glad you're starting to see the changes no matter how small!

      Just have to remember sometimes that it took a long time to get poorly so will take a bit of time to get better again.

      I think you're doing an amazing job and just be kind to yourself. smile

      For me the baby steps of just being able to get up out of bed and take a shower was a huge step. Just small things like this kept on happening and I'm now back at work and plan on taking  a 3 month holiday travelling Asia.  Something only 6 months ago seemed like a pipe dream of a person who I didn't know anymore.

      Keep it going you'll get there xxx

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