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Last Updated on August 3, 2021 by Chris Weatherall

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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Oct 20, 2019
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

At Alternative to Meds Center’s drug rehab, we know that there are other solutions than being medicated on Celexa and developing issues with Celexa addiction or dependence.

Help For Celexa Addiction

We provide Celexa addiction help that allows people to reduce their dependencies on this prescription drug. Do you not feel the same effects from the dosage that was first prescribed? Do you feel a need for an increased dosage? Have you experienced symptoms of withdrawal when you skipped a dose of this medication? Any of these things can be signs of a developing or already established Celexa dependence.

Why Is Celexa Prescribed?

People are often given an antidepressant before there has been any investigation to find what might be the cause of their depression. For many, it is prescribed following a traumatic emotional event. As time passes, the person may still be taking the medication but are now also struggling with antidepressant addiction. This would be indicated where withdrawal symptoms emerge if they try to stop taking it. Addiction can develop more quickly than it may be commonly realized.

Is Celexa an SSRI?

celexa serotonin deficiencyYes, Celexa is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). One of the major issues with this class of drugs is that even if an individual isn’t deficient in serotonin when they start their prescription, this medication can actually create a serotonin deficiency. This drug does not produce serotonin, it blocks its reuptake. Serotonin is supposed to be reuptaken, in order for our nerve cells to reuse it. But when forced to stay in nerve space, this blocked serotonin degrades, and then there is none left for the reuptake process.1

This is a very similar process to how cocaine abuse wastes all of a person’s dopamine, another type of neurotransmitter. Cocaine does not produce neurochemicals but only manipulates these natural substances. Dopamine is our reward neurochemical, and when an individual takes cocaine for the first time, everything will feel rewarding. However, at some point, their dopamine will be entirely exhausted and nothing will hold a sense of reward or any value to them.

The neurotransmitter serotonin acts as an inhibitory component of our brain; it inhibits stimuli from the outside environment, creates the very important sleep neurohormones, and additionally decreases behaviors and thoughts of a compulsive nature. When an individual is withdrawing from a Citalopram addiction, overstimulation, sleeplessness, anxiety, and even symptoms similar to OCD and Tourette’s may appear. This is experienced because the individual now has a real serotonin deficiency. Having Celexa addiction help can efficiently relieve the pain and discomfort of withdrawal.

SPECIAL WARNING RE CELEXA ADDICTION:

The FDA has issued warnings about Celexa being linked to potentially fatal heart abnormalities. Dosages have been limited to 20 mg or less. If addiction to Celexa has caused drug use to increase, or has caused cardiac symptoms it may be a necessary step to seek addiction and withdrawal help for Celexa.2

Where to Find the Best Help for Celexa Addiction

holistic celexa addiction treatmentMany people may be frightened and unsure of SSRI withdrawal symptoms, which can inhibit their decision to overcome Celexa dependence. However, antidepressant addiction can be effectively combated and resolved in Alternative to Meds Center’s addiction treatment program. Through employing targeted nutrients while the drug is being withdrawn, and administration of other oral nutrients, the essentials needed that can actually produce serotonin are administered. This is done in combination with discovering why the individual was depressed originally, and thoroughly addressing those issues for lasting success. Celexa addiction is treatable and using holistic techniques and therapies, you can regain your life, and become medication-free.


1. W. B. Siesser, Benjamin D. Sachs, A.J. Ramsey, T.D. Sotnikova, Jean-Martin Beaulieu, X. Zhang, M.G.Caron, Raul R. Gainetdinov, “Chronic SSRI Treatment Exacerbates Serotonin Deficiency in Humanized Tph2 Mutant Mice“, US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] 2013 Jan 16, updated online 2012 Oct 1 [cited 2019 Oct 20]

2. FDA label Celexa [cited 2020 Aug 18]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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