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Friday, November 09, 2012 kathika999, Community Member, asks

Q: Not sure if celexa is working for me!

I've been diagnosed with OCD and mild depression.I was given Escitalopram (20mg) for 2 weeks and my doctor changed it to celexa (20mg) since I had many side effects due to Escitalopram.I'm on celexa for 2 weeks now. My problem is, I'm not sure if I'm getting better. Of course I feel better now but I think it's mainly because now I know my illness and I've learned to handle it.I felt better on the very first day I went to see the doctor because I learned about my illness and got an idea about what not to worry about etc.Other than that I don't think Escitalopram or celexa actually worked for me. Should I continue or should I tell my doctor about this.Does it take time to see an improvement? Thanks :)
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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
11/10/12 1:14pm

Thank you for your question and welcome to Health Central's Anxiety Community.


I am not a medical professional and would not be able to give you medical advice. I can tell you that many of these types of medications can take several weeks to feel the full effect.


I would suggest keeping a daily log of how you are feeling. Write down information, such as when you took the medication, how much anxiety you felt throughout the day, what symptoms were most severe and how they impacted your daily life. Keep notes on what types of OCD and depression symptoms you felt and what you did to help control/manage the symptoms.


You can then share this information with your doctor at your next appointment and together decide whether continuing the medication is right for you. Please do not stop this medication without first talking with your doctor as you can experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking it.



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By kathika999, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/10/12, First Published: 11/09/12