I suffer from Anxiety and Depression since 6th grade and only started getting help about a year ago. I wasn't sure where to post this since it could fall under Anxiety, Bipolar, and Depression. I'll try to keep this short to the point.
I've been on 10MG of Citalopram (Celexa) for about 4 weeks now. (starting back on the meds) I feel much better with my anxiety and also depression. Still feeling depressed from time to time. Everyday is different but, I feel like i'm progressing. No side effects what so ever.
Today I had a doctors appointment and spoke about my severe panic attacks when leaving the house.
My doctor perscribed me Clonazepam (Klonopin) 0.5MG to take everyday in the morning. (i was hoping to just get 20mg of citalopram) I did research on this and its very scary reading about the side effects, addiction, dependency, and long term effects. I also enjoy an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week. Its something I enjoy in life and I need every little thing right now. All I want is to be myself, find serenity and enjoy life already...
Anyone have some experience with the two together? I take Citalopram in the morning but, my doctor said at least 2-3hrs apart from Clonazepam. I read also, some people say you should only take this when needed. I also need to find out if I can take my herbal vitamins. I have about 15 of them but, have stopped taking them since starting my meds. Any help would be wonderful.
p.s. I believe I might start this tonight as I read it helps with sleeping. I can't sleep good anymore. Too much thinking. But if I take it at night, will it help with my morning/afternoon panic. I should have asked my doctor these questions... I believe this med stays in your system unlike Xanax which doesn't.
I take both of those as well. 40 mg of celexa and 1.5 mg of klonopin. I take it together in the morning. Most people take klonopin 2x a day. I started with 0.5 mg and went up to 3 mg. Withdrawal is very hard. I am reducing veryyy slowly. I have been on it for over 3 years.
My advice to you is: Ask your doctor about herbal vitamins even though I think it should be fine. I sometime take vitamins, fish oil, omega and will soon start protein and creatine. Also ask your doctor if occasional beer or two is OK even though I wouldn't recommend it.
Also, ask your doctor how long he wants you to be on it. Try to stay on low dose and not a long time because it can get addictive and you will find as you need higher dose. Taking it as needed is the best thing but some people need it all the time so talk to your doctor about it, he is your best source of information.
Hey Vuk, thank you so much for posting your experience. I'm pretty sure I need to take Clonazepam on a daily basis because of my constant panic attacks.. I rather up my citalopram but, we shall see what happens. I'll have to talk about the drinking. Not going to stop drinking the rest of my life, not gonna happen. Yeah, I'll have to tell my doctor I'm not comfortable being on this for long. I can't see the point of just taking it for 4 weeks and then stopping. Doctor knows best I suppose.
I had no side effects from clonazepam except drowsiness or sleepiness. I'm sure you get a list of possible side effects with your medication from the pharmacy. Don't drink alcohol while on clonazepam, that is my advice.
I was put on the exact same things.. Klonopin to cut down my anxiety/panic attacks while the Celexa had a chance to work in. I take half 1 in the morning of the klonopin, then towards afternoon my celexa, few hours later other half of klonopin. Keeps me mellow and out of anxiety/panic attacks all day.. been in a better mood as of late.. but sometimes I feel panic attacks coming on, but they die off quickly before it turns into anything. Just been on them a week and I'm just drowsy most of the day, towards bed time I have a hard time doing anything productive. Doc says it will wear off within 2 weeks or so. Since taking them I haven't woken up at night.. I was used to having nightmares about the end of the world or me dying and I'd wake up in a panic attack having a hard time falling asleep.
Just don't take either with alcohol. Klonopin and alcohol will make you sloppy sloppy. Not sure what effect it has with the anti-depressent but if you don't chase your pills with alcohol you shouldn't have a problem. Good luck with it.