Celexa's not working anymore. Should I give Prozac a shot again?
July 7, 2013 11:10 PM Subscribe
I've been taking Celexa for a year and 9 months. It doesn't work as well anymore, and due to FDA warnings, I don't want to up my dosage anymore (currently at 40mg/day). I took Prozac a dozen years ago and it worked well. Should I switch back to Prozac?
posted by Val_E_Yum to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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Me: late 30's, female, family history of depression, diabetes, heart problems.
Current issues making depression worse: Recent unemployment, spousal caretaker stress
I am not in therapy due to financial issues, but I get regular exercise.
Prozac helped with my depression and anorexia in my mid-20's, and the sexual side effects weren't bothersome. I stopped because I lost health insurance, and my anorexia was in remission.
Before Celexa, I was on Zoloft due to depression, stress, and another anorexia bout. Zoloft worked okay, but made me violent if I tried to up the dose when I felt like it wasn't working anymore. (Yeah, bad idea, and I do not recommend it.)
Celexa, which was prescribed for me by the therapist I had to fire (long story) worked great for awhile. I was upped from 10 to 20 about a year and a half ago. I upped from 20 to 30 at the end of last year, and from 30 to 40 a couple months ago. Each time was due to the Celexa not working as well as before, and each increase helped. Not anymore, though. I think my time with Celexa is at an end.
In addition, the weight gain as I've upped my dosage has not been pleasant (like 30 pounds in 6 months). I can't go on a diet because of the anorexia--can't restrict eating or keep weighing myself or I'll go overboard.
I'm seeing my regular doc in 2 weeks for a physical and to discuss medications. I plan on asking her to take me off Celexa and put me on Prozac. My research leaves me wondering a few things--can I just switch from one to the other, or do I need to wean myself off one and then start taking the other? I'm sure my doc will have an answer, but I'd like to query the hivemind so I can get other perspectives.