Taking Celexa for Anxiety

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A few days ago I had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and was perscribed citalopram (celexa). After taking the drug for two days, I've been feeling more anxious than usual and overly hyper. Can someone explain to me if that's a normal side effect of celexa? My doctor explained to me that if I become overly energentic, that's an indication I may be bipolar. And, I do show a few symptoms of bipolar disorder. What does this mean?

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    Hi Evan, this could be a side effect you are experiencing as you have to bare in mind your body has to get used to it, however monitor this by maybe keeping a log in a diary about how you a feeling, this way you can really get an idea and see on paper your emotions on day to day basis. I take propranolol as this for me has no side effects and purely tackles my anxiousness which I'm happy with. Having a follow up appointment is crucial but remember if you are not happy don't just settle to be put on any medication, you never know you may need something different

    Good luck, Jen x

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    My Dr recently changed me from Zoloft to celexa and I felt the same way. I took it for 2 weeks and switched back to the Zoloft. I found that I would get aggeverated very easily and be almost hateful when I talked and that is totally not me. I didn't like feeling like I couldn't control my anger so switching back was a no brainer for me. The max dosage on Zoloft is usually 200 mg but as long as ur under a drs care and tolerate the medicine well u can actually go up to 300mg. When I switched back my Dr increased me to 250mg. I already feel back to normal and my anger is not an issue anymore. Also celexa at a higher dose than 60mg has been known to cause heart irrigularities and some can be irrversable. Just a lil bit if info. Hope it helps. I have tried almost all the ssri classified meds so I'm pretty familiar with them and I'm also a nurse/senior pharmacy tech and I get ALOT of feedback from my patients.
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      There is no right or wrong answer to your question, I could take that medication myself and I may have a completely different side effect, become over hyper is not abnormal and others that I have spoken to has happened to them too, so to rest your mind, yes this can and does happen to people
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      I wouldn't even classify mine as manic. Mine was just a sudden attitude change. I would go from happy to bitch in 2 seconds. And I knew that wasn't me and so I stuck it out a few more days just to c if it improved and it didn't for me it got worse. I would just flip into hateful mode just like flipping a switch. It felt awful for me cause after it passed I felt horrible for losing my temper.

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