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I am in the U.S., but came across this site while researching withdraw symptoms.
I began taking them to help with bad anxiety that was happening right before I planned on moving out of my parent's house and off to a university and a new apartment. I would be in a new city, my own apartment, a new job and a new university (I was a transfer student). My counselor practiced breathing exercises with me and other remedies, but Celexa was the only thing that ultimately stopped the panic attacks. So in Summer of 2013, I began taking Celexa 20mg. It worked great - I had no complaints until I started noticing the weight gain and sexual dysfunction.
Just short of two years later, I feel like I know my new city, university and am very comfortable with my
job. Along with the 40lb weight gain, I knew it was time to get off.
What I did was switch from my 20MG to 10MG (cutting pills in half) for about 4 days and then I forgot to take it the next day and decided, well hey, let's just kick it for good. Well, here I am, three weeks later. The first week had little to none symptoms--I imagine this was because the drug was still in my system. The second week was hard with headaches a little bit of dizziness, and brain zaps, but that has mostly worn off. I'll get a little headache here and there but they weren't as bad the second week.
My problem now (in my third week) is that my mood swings, short temper, easily irritability and crying spells are identical to most users experiencing withdrawal symptoms. As a 21 year old male, I've never really experienced such drastic mood swings. It's definitely strange for me.
My question for you and for others is how much longer does this last? I only took Celexa 20 MG for a little under 2 years. I'm ready to feel "normal" again.
Another question I wanted to bring up was in regards to the weight gain and sexual dysfunction. I gained 40 lbs while on Celexa and experienced the sexual dysfunction side effect as well. What can I do to start losing those pounds? Do they come off naturally or do I have to work out and do some cardio?
Thank you all for your help.
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