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I am about 4 months postpartum right now. I was having terrible general anxiety and health anxiety. I spoke to my doctor and was prescribed Celexa. I felt comfortable with starting this medication because i had taken it in the past (about 5-6 years ago) with no issues. 

I started on Celexa 10 mg and immediately felt effects. I felt internal shaking/vibrating feeling. I experienced parasthesia in my upper body, jaw pain, and muscle twitches. I ended up in the ER and was advised to potentially continue the medication but to speak to my GP first. 

After speaking to my GP, I decided to lower the dose to 5mg Celexa. I was still experiencing so many reactions to the medication. My doctor said that Celexa shouldn’t be causing the internal shaking and vibrations. It made me more anxious. 

i decided that I wanted to stop the medication and asked my doctor about stopping. Was advised to stop and didn’t need to worry about tapering since on such a low dose. 

I occasionally feel brain buzzing and sometimes her twitches or internal shaking but has went away for the most part.


 Doing a low histamine and Whole Foods diet. Taking Vitamin D. Feeling better.



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Welcome to SA, Ren85.


To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Include the date you went on the 10mg Celexa, the date you reduced to 5mg and the date you stopped.  A list format is best.


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It sounds like you had an adverse reaction to the Celexa, which means the drug is poison to your system.   The symptoms you describe are common adverse reaction symptoms.  Though the Celexa wasn't a problem the first time you took it, reactions can change, as in your case, and you would be well advised not to take it again.  The fact that the symptoms have largely resolved is a very good sign.



We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium (glycinate is a good form) and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 




Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  I hope you’ll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation.  I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.






Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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