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    Old 05-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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    Question Depressed Alcoholic recently on Citalopram

    I've had a long history with alcohol abuse. I've been abusing it for about 10 years and recently went on another bender and ended up with withdrawal symptoms. I called my doctor and she decided to sit down with me and discuss why I drink. My trigger seemed to be when I was alone, or having anxiety when in a social situation, or feeling really depressed. Basically I was self-medicating. She started me on Citalopram a generic SSRI (brand name: Celexa). I took my first dose this morning. I entered in alcohol withdrawals 48 hours ago so I still feel like crap but the withdrawal symptoms have basically stopped. Now I feel a little nauseous, fuzzy headed and tired. Does anyone have any experience taking this drug and if so what was their experience with side effects? I'm curious how long they will last and how long it tool people who are alcoholics (or have a history with alcoholism) to feel "better". Better as in, less depressed, less anxious and with less alcohol cravings.

     
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    Re: Depressed Alcoholic recently on Citalopram

    Hello, I'm glad your getting help with your drinking. I too am an alcoholic and am taking Citalopram. I started taking Citalopram while I was drinking daily so I never noticed any side effect from it. All your symptoms could be linked to the alcohol withdrawal just as well as they could be from starting the medication. If it is the medication the fuzzy feeling and fatigue will go away in about a week. I have experienced similar symptoms with similar medications and the side effects totally cleared after 1 week. I quit drinking Dec 16th 2011 and that was the day I went to my first AA meeting. For me, the craving subsided after 3-4 weeks and as of now my craving for alcohol no longer exists! Keep up the good work!

     
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    Hello and thank you for your reply. Congratulations on getting sober. You too, keep up the good work!

    What were your experiences with sexual side effects? I've noticed that a lot of people have mentioned they felt a low sex drive or change in sexual behavior and I'm curious how this will affect my relationship, libido.

     
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    Re: Depressed Alcoholic recently on Citalopram

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    Hello and thank you for your reply. Congratulations on getting sober. You too, keep up the good work!

    What were your experiences with sexual side effects? I've noticed that a lot of people have mentioned they felt a low sex drive or change in sexual behavior and I'm curious how this will affect my relationship, libido.
    With citalpram I had no sexual side effects. The SSRI's don't have that effect on me. Other medications I'm on such as Lamictal have lowered my libido, but about a month or 2 after being on the medication I got some of it back. It's still not like it was, but it exists lol

     
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