So I have been doing pretty good on Celexa for about a month, starting at 5mg, then 10mg, then 15mg. My target dose was 20mg. I have been less dizzy, less spinning, better overall balance, pretty good mood.
Today I took 15mg and then took another 5mg at 3pm. I laid down for a nap and when I woke up at 6pm, I had a bright red rash on my inner thighs, armpits, and inner wrists. It was a symmetrical rash. The drug insert said to seek immediate medical attention if you get a rash. So I went to the ER. They said it was likely a drug reaction, with an off chance that it was something I ate (I did have seafood last night, but so did my wife). They gave me Benedryl and Pepcid (apparently it has anti itch properties).
As far as side effects from the Celexa, I had some initial headaches, nausea, and anxiety, but that all passed after two weeks. I also got delayed ejaculation which continues to be a problem, but one that I would tolerate to get over this condition. I lost 5 pounds in the month.
When will this end? I got the initial attack 14 months ago, then I went to doctor after doctor, till I got to the Mayo Clinic, who have me the Celexa.
The ER said that I cannot quit the Celexa cold turkey, I need to cut my dose in half. What a nightmare.
So frustrating. I needed to vent!