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Was I misdiagnosed??? or Celexa and high blood pressure??
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BD
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:36 pm    Post subject: Was I misdiagnosed??? or Celexa and high blood pressure?? Reply with quote

Hey, all.

I wanted to check for opinions before I decided to get annoyed with my
GP.

Basically, several years ago, I was having a real bad sleeping problem.
I'd wake up at all hours, get exhausted as the week progressed, and
have to catch up by sleeping most of the weekend.

My GP thought I was depressed, and prescribed Celexa.

That seemed to clear it up.

But I've been on 10mg / day now for a couple of years. In all honesty,
I don't know that I sleep any better overall.

I've certainly had subsequent insomnic stretches, so I think I need to
chalk that up to work stress over depression.

Some months ago, my GP suggested I try to stop taking the Celexa.
Cold-turkey, basically.

Baaaad idea. I'd missed a few days once, and the effects were not
pleasant.

But lately, I've decided it was time to try to wean myself off it. I
dropped to half-dosage for a couple of months, and now I'm going to
half-dosage every second day. In a few weeks I'll try to drop it
altogether.

One of the very interesting side effects of the reduction _seems_ to be
that my blood pressure has come down. For quite some time it's been
high - on the order of 140/100.

To be honest, I wasn't monitoring my bp before I started on the Celexa,
so I don't know how long it's been high.

But since I've ratcheted back on the Celexa, it's been almost normal
(knock wood). I've seen discussion of possible blood-pressure related
side effects of Celexa, and I'm forced to wonder whether, not only was
my work stress misdiagnosed as depression, and Celexa prescribed when
it was not needed, but whether the Celexa has been the cause of my high
blood pressure!!

Any opinions??

Thanks!!

BD
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Bill
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Was I misdiagnosed??? or Celexa and high blood pressure?? Reply with quote

Well I wouldn't ask about this on the internet. I would get a second opinion
from another doctor. There are a LOT of factors that would go into
determining this type of thing.

And I would not be so concerned as to the past and being diagnosed properly
or not, I would be more concerned with the present and future - Am I
sleeping OK? Do I have a problem with high blood pressure? Do I have stress?
Am I depressed? Etc.

If there are still problems, I would work on solving those problems.

Around here they have sleep study places. You go and spend the night and
they figure out if there is something wrong with your sleeping.

For depression or dealing with stress, I would look in the yellow pages for
mental health. For just stress, a google.com search for the word stress
might find some good suggestions.

And for the medication high blood pressure thing, I would get a second
opinion from another doctor if this is causing you problems.
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BD
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Was I misdiagnosed??? or Celexa and high blood pressure?? Reply with quote

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Well I wouldn't ask about this on the internet. I would get a second opinion
from another doctor. There are a LOT of factors that would go into
determining this type of thing.

True. I guess I was just trying for a sounding board. Personally, the
fact that my GP suggested I drop the Celexa cold was just - well,
troubling. At this point, I'm weaning myself off, and have had no ill
effects thus far.

Quote:
Around here they have sleep study places. You go and spend the night and
they figure out if there is something wrong with your sleeping.

Yes, they have one of those in my city as well. The waiting list is
perversely long - like 5 months or so. Ah well.

Quote:
And for the medication high blood pressure thing, I would get a second
opinion from another doctor if this is causing you problems.

I have a friend in the Nursing field, who suggested that her GP is
accepting new patients. I should probably sit down with him and talk it
through.

Thanks!
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