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Celexa and panic, social anxiety, sexual effects
splace2 posted:
I was first put on celexa 20 mg and experienced devastating sexual side effects. Plenty of passion, no orgasm! This continued for a little over 2 months of daily use. After I finally got the "magic" back, I realized the medication wasn't doing much other than preventing me from feeling like a sexual 30 yr old female. I visited my doctor who then upped me to 40 mg daily. I feel a lot happier, a lot more "normal" but now I am becoming very anxious in social situations but uncomfortable being alone, never feeling safe. I am a bartender at my night job, so it must appear as if I am constantly happy and fun but frankly, It's exhausting. I have a lack of interest in almost everything around me including things I used to love. My high dose of meds make me tired all of the time and I am experiencing panic attacks now. What can I do next?
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Sexual side effects are rather common on most, if not all, of the SSRI meds and your med is one of them. Being tired and experiencing a lack of normal emotion can also be one of the effects. People even feel that they are incapable of crying on some of these meds.

You need to discuss the problems you are having with this med at that dose. I'm not an MD, but that would be the best thing for you to do.

I don't understand the reason for the panic with the med, but that has to be discussed, too.

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