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I started Celexa last night and had no idea that I would be experiencing side effects like these and so soon after the taking the medication. My understanding of Anti-Depressants is that they work over time, and that you didn't feel anything immedately. My psychiatrist warned me about nausea and headaches but nothing like this. I took my first dose last night (10mg) and fell right to sleep. I woke up punctually at 4:30am (I never get up this early) and was wide awake and could not go back to sleep at all. I lied in bed for a while, the whole time feeling a weird sort of nauseous that didn't appear to bring any signs of vomitting. Two hours later as I got up and started getting ready for work I noticed that my head wasn't quite right. To put it bluntly, it felt like the beginning of a bad mushroom trip, or coming down off of speed or ecstasy. Throughout the day I felt sort of "zombie" like, just apathetic, and had clenched my jaw a lot, yawned a lot, and experienced tinnitus a number of times. I also had extremely dry lips and an unquenchable thirst, as well as frequent bathroom runs. (Perhaps from all of the water I was drinking?)
The most annoying part is that I had this horrible "illegal drug feeling" in the pit of my stomach.
What I am trying to get at is this:
I need to be able to work productivily. This medicine made it very hard to do so. I am very scared that if I take the meds again tonight that I won't be able to sleep due to stimulant feel. I start to freak out when I don't sleep, and certainly wouldn't be able to work then. At first, I was okay with the thought of all of this, as so many people have mentioned that if I just "Make it through the first week or so" that the side effects will subside and I will start reaping the positive effects.
I called my pharmacist (my doctor's office was already closed) to see if I could combine trazodone as a sleeping aid if that became a problem for me tonight. They recommended that I not take the celexa and go to my psychiatrist and find something else if it was going to be a problem for me.
But am I just going to run into having to work through more side effects with different Anti-Depressants? I just want to get better and I don't know what to do. Take the meds tonight, or hold off and see my psychiatrist?
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