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Citalopram anyone?

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CA2GA

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Okay folks,

So, I had been doing fairly well in dealing with both depression and anxiety. Originally, it was depression that I began getting some help for, for which I began taking Prozac. This helped quite well until, like a lot of folks have experienced, it sort of crapped out on me. I switched over to Lexapro which worked well for several years until my body developed a tolerance to it. This is sort of the pattern - when the depression monster figures things out, the medication stops being as effective as it once was.

I also have ADHD for which I take 30 mgs of Adderall once per day. This has always worked well, but there have been some environmental things that have just been kicking my a**. I returned to graduate school from 2016-2018, earning my masters in social work, and assumed I would just find myself a job, get to work with my brand-new masters degree and carry on. Things have not been nearly that easy for me. Basically, the jobs that I have gotten have been horrible fits for me for a variety of reasons, and were very short-lived. This has messed with my confidence and my family's finances in the worst way, which has, of course, caused a great deal of conflict in my marriage, which has rained down upon our children. I understand the reason for a lot of our conflict - after all, it was my husband who single-handedly supported all four of us on one income, and expected that once I graduated, that I would magically find the perfect position. Things have not been that easy. I have had to find out the hard way that there are certain areas that just are horrible fits for me as a social worker. I have a job now - one that I like quite a lot - but it pays a good bit less than what I would make as a social worker, and I have been getting so down on myself about this. It is also "temporary" in nature, with the company not being in such a hurry to bring me on permanently. It was so odd that I would land this position without any idea that it would have elements of what I went to school for. It does, so I enjoy this quite a lot. However, I am making far less than what I am capable of, so I've really been beating myself up about this.

I am the mom to two beautiful daughters - 16 and 12 - who are enrolled in public school. It is no exaggeration when I tell you that I am utterly terrified for their well-being in the face of all of the school shootings that have gone on over the recent years. I have NO WAY AT ALL to guarantee their safety, and not having any control over this has been hell for me. If it were solely my choice to make, I would pull them out of public education and homeschool them. How I would manage to do this when I work full-time, I haven't figured out yet. I also cannot unilaterally make this decision myself. My husband feels that homeschooling them is too drastic a step to take. I don't think my daughters would enjoy that setup either. But it would sure help me not feel so consistently anxious for them.

Soooooooo.....combined with the number I have been doing on myself not working where I believe I should be, I have been dealing with a return of two of my biggest foes - Captain Depresso and Vlad the Anxietor! While I hope some of you chuckle at the names I have given MDD and GAD, they are currently being very, very challenging.

My question to you all - after reading this lengthy dissertation - is what you know about Citalopram. You may know it also as Celexa, but I understand it is useful for both depression as well as GAD. Does anyone have any experience taking it? Do you also take Adderall? Do they play nicely together? I'd love to get your feedback.

Thanks,

CA2GA
 
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I take Citalopram, but nothing else with it. I had awful side effects for the first couple of weeks, including increased anxiety, which might be something to bear in mind. It took a couple of months for the meds to kick in completely though I did start to feel better before that.
Side effects included (for me) - vivid dreams (still get them)
feeling very tired
shakiness
nausea
anxiety
increased heart rate at times

but they're all ok now. I've taken citalopram in the past, and it's worked, which is why my GP put me back on them, and they do work once I get used to the side effects. Some people put weight on with them, but I never have.

I guess the only thing to do is give them a try and see how you go, and if you don't get on with them, maybe try something else.
 
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Thank you!

Yeah, I was aware of the tiredness side effect. I think I will try to give it a go. I was curious whether anyone on this forum has taken that while also prescribed and taking Adderall. From the research that is available online, the only medication I saw that does not play well with Adderall is Wellbutrin (Buproprion).

Happy holidays Pepecat!
 
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