[personal profile] raskallion
Apparently I was too vague or jargony in that post last night, so I'm going to be blunt here.

"SSRI" stands for "Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor."

I have a month's worth of Celexa sitting on my desk right now. It's an anti-depressant. I'm still toying with the notion of taking it. I don't know if I will.

So that's what's happening. I didn't really want to talk about it, but I'm admitting it.

Current music totally related.

Date: 2008-08-02 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shortyellowcape.livejournal.com
I have a bottle of Celexa sitting on my dresser. I filled the script in April and I have yet to take one.

Date: 2008-08-02 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bethanyedwards.livejournal.com
That... doesn't encourage me much.

I'm just bothered by the fact that if I don't like it, it'll take forever to go off of it, according to what I've read. And that would put me around the time school starts up again.

Date: 2008-08-02 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shortyellowcape.livejournal.com
Well, here's my story. I was originally given a very high dose of Cymbalta (90 mg a day starting dose - I should have been on 30 mg) and then switched to Celexa after a month of being on the Cymbalta. The Cymbalta made me feel HORRIBLE. Cymbalta isn't an SSRI though, so it will have different side effects.

But the reason I don't take the Celexa is because they gave me pills as soon as I went into therapy. I was never given an option to chose otherwise. They gave me pills before I even saw a therapist (I just saw a psychiatrist for 15 minutes) I'd rather develop coping skills and try to learn to deal on my own before I load my body up with drugs. Maybe someday I will take a drug, maybe someday I won't have to. But I talked to my doctor and read a lot of literature and I decided it would be best for me to hold off on meds for now.


Date: 2008-08-02 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shortyellowcape.livejournal.com
And as for withdrawal symptoms, I assume they are starting you with a small dose around 30mg? The withdrawal on that probably won't be too bad because you haven't been on it long (or at all)

Some people have horror stories, but I think most people fair alright.

Date: 2008-08-02 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahkia.livejournal.com
I take 25mg of Paxil, and there have been times that I've gone for a few days without it due to my own stupidity and not picking up/ordering the medication in time. The withdrawal isn't bad until I'm off it for more than two days in a row. Then I begin to get dizzy. The longer I go without it, I will eventually become somewhat weepy and irritable. But this is going cold turkey, not gradually weening myself off of it with smaller doses like a doctor would have you do.

Just my two cents. ^^

Date: 2008-08-03 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shortyellowcape.livejournal.com
I went off of Cymbalta cold turkey. They wanted me to be taking Celexa and Cymbalta concurrently while they weened me off of Cymbalta.

Except that I wasn't going to be paying $120 to ween myself off of a drug I took for three weeks over the course of two months.

And I felt like SHIT.

Date: 2008-08-02 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicachick007.livejournal.com
I may not know what's going on, but I can still offer lots of hugs. So here. *HUGS*

Date: 2008-08-02 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahkia.livejournal.com
I used to take Celexa, but it didn't quite work with my emotions, I guess you'd say, so now I'm on Paxil. The thing with Celexa and Paxil is that, fortunately, these aren't drugs that you'll be stuck taking forever. They're not as heavy as the earlier-made drugs of their kind, and are much easier to ween yourself off of. It is for this reason that doctors will usually try one of the two, or something very similar, when trying to find out what anti-depressant works for you. And no two people are alike, so the same drug won't necessarily work for two people with the same form of depression.

My advice is that if you're dealing with depression, and you're to a point where the doctor is offering you medication, try it. You don't have to stay on it forever, and if it doesn't work, your doctor will find something better suited to you. I know it's not an easy thing to talk about, believe me, but getting on medication was one of the best things I've done for myself.



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