Celexa withdrawal may occur in those who abruptly stop taking the medication or those who miss a few doses.
Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, agitation, anxiety, confusion, tingling or burning skin sensations, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, and fatigue.
In most patients withdrawal symptoms tend to improve with time on their own. However, if you experience any serious side effects notify your doctor immediately.
Withdrawal symptoms can begin up to a few days after discontinuing the medication, and withdrawal may last anywhere from a few days to three weeks.
Symptoms typically improve once the medication is taken again.
What Is Celexa?
Celexa is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and other conditions. It is in the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that work by interacting with the brain neurochemicals that contribute to depression, anxiety, and other conditions.
The best way to prevent withdrawal is to not abruptly discontinue the medication (known as quitting "cold turkey") or miss a few doses.
Do not make up for a missed dose by taking a double dose. If you have any questions, contact your doctor right away.
If you wish to discontinue your medication, work with your prescribing doctor who can gradually reduce your dose over time in order to avoid withdrawal. This process may take a few weeks but will go a long way in preventing withdrawal. Do not proceed to discontinue Celexa on your own without medical supervision.
As always, it is important to take your prescription medication exactly as prescribed under the supervision of your doctor. Follow the directions exactly as written, and do not alter your dose unless given permission by your treating doctor.
Also, never share your medications with others, and never take prescriptions that are not intended for you specifically. Immediately notify your doctor if you suffer any severe or unusual side effects.
In addition, if in extreme or unusual situations the symptoms are severe enough you may need to seek emergency medical attention. This is especially important if users experience any suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Visit the nearest hospital emergency room if you are feeling like you may harm yourself or others.
Once your symptoms are stabilized and you are discharged from the emergency room, follow up care will be arranged. Follow up with your prescribing doctor and inform them of your situation immediately.