Tonight I decided to taper off of my Celexa. I've been on it for oh about 10 years now, and though it has pretty much cured my despression, I have reason to believe it is actually CAUSING my RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome. I began taking the Celexa my Junior Year of college 2000, and my restless legs syndrome started sometime after that, within a year. NOW, keep in mind, I WAS prescribed a drug called Remeron because of my insomnia, within that time as well. The remeron, prescribed by a very well meaning doctor, was suppose to treat depression and the insomnia. Well, as we increased the dosage, it actually caused the RLS!!! I remember on Spring Break of 2001, I was in Florida with my roomie and friends and I was up crying one night because my legs were just going nuts! It was as if I had to run run run and never stop it was an uncontrolable feeling; on top of that, I truly think it was giving me weight gain and lethargy feelings as well...either that or I didn't get any rest on the trip at night so I felt bad during the day.
So here I am, almost 10 years later, still on the Celexa for the depression. I had considered tapering off slowly and so now I'm doing it. I'm going to take .75 of my pill for a week or two, then go down to .5, then .25, then .25 every other day, then nothing...and meanwhile I'm going to pump myself full of the good stuff - good nutrition, plenty of iron, minerals, vitamins. Lots of water, throughout because my bladder is weak too! I really hopes this works.
The hypothesis: Celexa or a grouping of Celexa and Remeron caused my RLS
The hopeful result: I will be free of taking BOTH the Celexa and the Mirapex(for the RLS) and also lose more weight!!! Drug free for GOOD...