Done with Citalopram

So I’ve decided to stop taking my medication for a while. I’ve been taking it for almost two years straight now and never knew what the possible worrisome side-effects were. I’ve been gaining weight at a rapid and seemingly uncontrollable rate to the point where the stretch marks are hideous and continue to show up when I have been trying to work out and control the weight gain. I know that I should consult my doctor before doing that but I don’t have the time to go in and talk to her. So, wish me luck. Hopefully I’m not too moody as the drugs slowly get out of my system.

If you’re curious, these are the symptoms to worry about with Citalopram/Celexa (found on http://www.drugs.com/sfx/citalopram-side-effects.html):

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking citalopram:

Less common

  • Agitation
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • fever
  • increase in the frequency of urination or amount of urine produced
  • lack of emotion
  • loss of memory
  • menstrual changes
  • skin rash or itching
  • trouble breathing

Rare

  • Behavior change similar to drunkenness
  • bleeding gums
  • breast tenderness or enlargement or unusual secretion of milk (in females)
  • chills
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with concentrating
  • dizziness or fainting
  • drowsiness
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • irregular heartbeat
  • lack of energy
  • lethargy
  • nosebleed
  • overactive reflexes
  • painful urination
  • poor coordination
  • purple or red spots on the skin
  • rapid weight gain
  • red or irritated eyes
  • redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of the skin
  • shivering
  • slow or irregular heartbeat (less than 50 beats per minute)
  • sore throat
  • stupor
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
  • trembling, shaking, or twitching
  • trouble with holding or releasing urine
  • unusual or sudden body or facial movements or postures
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • back or leg pains
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloating
  • bloody stools
  • chest pain
  • confusion as to time, place, or person
  • constipation
  • cough
  • darkened urine
  • difficult or fast breathing
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • drooling
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • general body swelling
  • hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat
  • hives
  • holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
  • impaired consciousness, ranging from confusion to coma
  • indigestion
  • itching, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle tightness
  • muscle twitching or jerking
  • pale skin
  • penile erections, frequent or continuing
  • recurrent fainting
  • rhythmic movement of the muscles
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • swelling of the breasts or unusual milk production
  • tenderness, pain, swelling, warmth, skin discoloration, and prominent superficial veins over the affected area
  • tightness in the chest
  • total body jerking
  • twitching, twisting, uncontrolled repetitive movements of the tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs
  • uncontrolled jerking or twisting movements
  • unusual excitement
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Some of the side effects that can occur with citalopram may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common

  • Decrease in sexual desire or ability
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

Less common

  • Body aches or pain
  • change in sense of taste
  • gas
  • headache (severe and throbbing)
  • heartburn
  • increased sweating
  • increased yawning
  • loss of voice
  • pain in the muscles or joints
  • sneezing
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tingling, burning, or prickly feelings on the skin
  • tooth grinding
  • unusual increase or decrease in weight
  • watering of the mouth

Incidence not known

  • Bruising
  • inability to sit still
  • large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
  • need to keep moving
  • uncontrolled eye movements
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4 thoughts on “Done with Citalopram

  1. Good job dear! Have you experienced any other side effect beside that? I take elavil, but not on a daily basis. Only when the nerve pains are unbearable and/or I can barely sleep. Even then, I know I am damaging my body one way or another. It takes such a long time for the pharmaceutical drugs to wear off. Did you go cold turkey?

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    1. riverrei

      Yeah I get headaches more often than I should, and a few other things. I’m really tired all the time for no apparent reason. I’m going cold turkey, yeah. I’m sick of feeling this way 😦 If I can change it by getting the drugs out of my system then that’s what I’m going to do 😀 or try haha

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