Celexa Side Effects

Celexa Side Effects

Celexa side effects range from mild to moderate but can be quite severe and even life-threatening.


As with all antidepressant medication, consumers are often under the impression that because it is prescribed by a licensed medical professional, that the drug is harmless, and that it will provide the desired benefits. However, studies document that side effects of antidepressants are a fact of life. Therefore, a person taking Celexa should alert themselves of any adverse symptoms that may begin to arise that could potentially add to their suffering, instead of improving their condition.

Studies were done as early as the 1980's  by the FDA but not released until many years later, which showed that antidepressant drugs showed virtually no significant improvement in depression over placebo. These studies also revealed that more than half of the trials showed more negative results than positive ones for antidepressants that the FDA approved between 1983 and 2008. A negative result would be either no improvement in the Hamilton Depression scale or a presence of side effects. The gains that resulted when giving selected participants placebos were not significantly different than for participants taking the actual drug. Anyone can access these studies and antidepressant clinical trials through the FOIA, but they are hard to find otherwise.  

What Are Common Side Effects of Celexa? 

  • Suicidal thoughts and increased depression especially in persons under the age of 25 
  • Insomnia 
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Drowsiness, tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Dry Mouth 
  • Nausea
  • Tingling, numbness
  • Diarrhea, gas, increased appetite, decreased appetite
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Shakiness
  • Inability to orgasm, inability to ejaculate
  • Weight loss or weight gain 

NOTE: Special Risks of Celexa  

Some patients experience mood or behavior changes, panic attacks, anxiety, feeling impulsive, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, feeling restless, mentally or physically hyperactive, agitation, feeling more depressed, feeling like hurting oneself.  

Also if you are taking Celexa, you should avoid some other types of medications, such as MOA inhibitors, aspirin, pain pills, other antidepressants, and many others, as certain drugs taken in combination can create a hazardous reaction. 

Some patients experience an extreme CNS reaction to Celexa which can result in: 

  • Very stiff and rigid muscles
  • Severe fever
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Tremors
  • Feeling like you are going to faint 

Serotonin Syndrome

Celexa may cause too much serotonin to be active in your system, in which case you will experience Serotonin Syndrome. Symptoms are agitation, hallucinations, fever, racing heartbeats, overactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, and more. If these symptoms arise, one should immediately reach out for medical help. 

Celexa Side Effects: Low Sodium Levels 

Celexa may also result in low levels of sodium in the body, which causes: headaches, slurred speech, severe weakness, feeling unsteady or shaky, confusion, vomiting, and more.  Low sodium can be life-threatening, and should not be ignored. 

How to Stop Taking Celexa? 

Celexa, like most medications, should never be stopped abruptly. We urge medical assistance and oversight should you decide to come off Celexa so that the withdrawals do not become unmanageable. 

Best Help Available for Getting Off Celexa Safely

The Alternative to Meds Center offers a remarkable program that helps people to safely and gently withdraw from antidepressants such as Celexa. The center uses an individual approach and holistic methods so that a person can be gently tapered off their medication without becoming overwhelmed by the withdrawal symptoms that often cause a person to feel they can never get off their medication. 

Our program uses Celexa alternatives, natural substances for stabilization of neurochemistry, lab testing, cessation from built-up environmental neurotoxins, IV amino therapy, other nutritional therapy, techniques for Celexa medication withdrawal, personal exercise training, yoga, massage, peer support, and other healing holistic therapies that combat depression.

Call today and find out more about how Alternative to Meds can help you overcome dependence on medication without having to suffer Celexa side effects.


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