The effects of depression can be severe. Many people deciding what to do about depression may opt to take medications such as Celexa.
Celexa is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs are a class of antidepressants which can have a wide range of potential withdrawal effects.
Risks of withdrawal from Celexa
Many potential symptoms of withdrawal as a result of Celexa have been documented. These symptoms are most likely to occur if you discontinue taking the medication abruptly. Literature from Celexa’s manufacturer, Forest Laboratories, says that gradually tapering your dose down to zero is a much safer approach than discontinuing it rapidly.1
- Dysphoric (unhappy) moods
- Sensory disturbances (for example, electric shock sensations)
- Emotional lability (moodiness)
- Hypomania (a condition similar to mania, but with less-extreme symptoms)
If you have experienced debilitating effects while withdrawing from Celexa or have been unable to discontinue it safely, you may be interested in consulting a personal injury lawyer.