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Old 02-16-2003, 04:31 PM   #1
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Post SSRI's and Neck/Shoulder pain

I have had this side effect on both Zoloft and now Celexa. Am I alone or has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 02-26-2003, 10:24 PM   #2
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Zoloft was the only SSRI that worked well for my depression and anxiety, but I developed a chronic stiff neck. The nagging pain forced me to give up the Zoloft. I am now on Neurontin and doing fine experencing only minor side effects and no stiff neck.

Old 02-27-2003, 04:33 AM   #3
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Now u mention it..i have had quite a stiff neck since starting Prozack 3 weeks ago, but didnt associate the 2..
maybe it is a side effect but i do think we forget that life is full of funny aches and pains that we often cant explain, theyre not always side effects of the medication..just a thought.

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Old 02-27-2003, 08:31 AM   #4
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Well.........great! Never even thought of this till I read your post. I've been on Lexapro for a couple of months and have never had so much tightness and pain in the back of my neck. You really think it could be the antidepressants?

Old 02-28-2003, 09:30 AM   #5
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I truly think this is an undocumented side effect. I went off Zoloft after taking it for 8 years, and a week later my so called chronic "myofascial" neck and shoulder pain and stiffness began to subside. I had never previously associated the two. Well, the other side effects of withdrawal (insomnia mostly), drove me to try Celexa. 2 days after starting, the pain and stiffness re-occurred. So I'm done with SSRI's, at least until there's a refined one without this effect. 5htp and melatonin seem to be helping a bit, as well as adding more zinc and protein into the diet.
Thanks for the replies, maybe I'm not crazy after all! Yeah right.....

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