Originally Posted by xxxzoexxx
i have been on celexa for about 2 months. after hearing about people getting very addicted to some of these drugs, i'm feeling a bit aprehensive about continuing taking them. Has anyone here had a hard time coming off celexa with prolonged use?
I went from being on Paxil for 8 years to Celexa 8 months ago. I am now slowly weaning myself off and am now down to 10 mg. every 4 days. I tried to wean myself off in various different ways and got horrid side effects such as vomiting, dizziness, uncontrolable treamors, and a feeling of panic and disorientation. If you research celexa, or any other SSRI, you will see that these drugs are highly addictive, especially after prolonged use. I have spoken to several celexa users and they wish they had never started the drug. This also goes for lexapro and paxil users. The only reason I am on celexa is because I was unable to wean off of paxil. The side effects were too debilitating. But this is not saying antidepressants didn't help me, because at the time I needed them, they helped. My house burned down in 1997 and I experienced horrid post tramatic symptoms about fire, so my doc put me on paxil. But after several months, I was unable to withdraw. Since then I have had several crisis with the death of my mom and my daughter recently, and I believe the celexa helped me get through those issues. But I wish now I had tried to deal with the post tramatic disorder in another way and had never been introduced to anti depressants. Good luck on your decision.