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Old 11-24-08, 12:18 AM
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Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

Basically that sums it up.

I used to take 10-20mgs/day of Citalopram (Celexa). This was helpful but for various reasons I discontinued, and I still have some left over.

I am now on 10-20 mgs/day of generic Adderall. The Adderall is really helping with certain things but I am still depressed and anxious and would like to add the Citalopram back on. Obviously I should consult my doctor but honestly I am pretty tired of explaining and managing everything all over again.

Is it ok to combine these two?

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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

Many doctors allow their patients to manage their own medication if they have prescribed it already. You should inform your doctor about what you're doing.

It's okay to combine an SSRI with a stimulant (under supervision). It's a common combo and has minimal risks despite what many websites state. The combo is very safe and is frequently prescribed by licensed psychiatrists across the nation.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

when I was taking adderall my pdoc was hesitant to prescribe that combo for me, she said could cause cardiac problems
she started me on 10mg celexa, my adderall was 60mg per day 20/20/20,
after one week I could barely make it up a the stairs at work without gasping for breath, cp,
no more for me
ritalin and celexa very good
this is only my experience hope it helps
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

am on that combo for same reasons as you....i have mix of ADD/GAD, the Adderall was only taking care of ADD but not GAD, so now on Lexapro for GAD and is all good....except Adderall seems to have lost some effectiveness

no cardiac problems here and I exercise weight training 3-4 times week no problem
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

Thanks for the replies. Seems ok on a low dosage like mine. I started last night and can feel the headaches from Celexa coming on - it'll probably be just side-effects piled on top of side- effects.

I wonder if the increased libido from Adderall will trump the loss of libido from the SSRI. That would be nice.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

It's generally considered safe, but I'm one of the few who can't do it. In rare cases (very rare) combining Adderall with another drug that acts on Serotonin can cause Serotonin Syndrome, a potentially fatal poisoning.

Lexapro (similar to Celexa) plus Adderall is toxic to me, and the experience is one I'll never forget. Make sure you talk to your doctor, and watch out for any side effects you're not used to from having taken Celexa in the past/taking Adderall now.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

I dont know..for me it was really bad. I thought the adderall was causing these incredible side effects but once I stopped taking the celexa it stopped in a day. This may be graphic but I was having semen involuntarily come out whenever i exerted energy, I felt crazy, stomach turning, then when I finally freaked was when my tongue turned white on the surface and was dead skin..GROSS. I stopped the celexa and day after all symptoms stopped and havent re appeared.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

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Many doctors allow their patients to manage their own medication if they have prescribed it already. You should inform your doctor about what you're doing.

It's okay to combine an SSRI with a stimulant (under supervision). It's a common combo and has minimal risks despite what many websites state. The combo is very safe and is frequently prescribed by licensed psychiatrists across the nation.
This.

I have, for example, taken Ritalin and Lexapro (similar to Celexa) safely in combination in the past.

Half this forum takes a stim + SSRI.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

Adderall has minimal impact on Serotonin levels, it affects primarly Dopamin and Norepinephrine.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

Yeah take it if u want your stimulant to suck
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

I've taken Lexapro and some form of stimulant for a while. I think I read that Lexapro is the effective half of the molecule that makes up Celexa. Something like that anyway.

I personally think Lexapro has been a godsend as it helped tremendously with my anxiety. For instance, I have felt very little in the way of stimulant "crash" ever, whether taking Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse, Concerta, etc.

I've read it can mess with your heart rhythms or something however; so you may get some sort of false "arrhythmia" reading with an ECG. Not sure about the particulars of that though.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

I have been on Celexa 20mg for over 6 months, tried adderall (XR and instant) earlier in my college career and they worked like magic. Recently was diagnosed with ADD and went on ritalin.. no effect, just not hungry and felt like ****, then went on 30 mg adderall and I could literally take 100mg and not be one bit focused... I'm getting off Celexa NOW.
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Re: Ok to combine Adderall and Celexa?

The experience I had with it was absolutely horrible. I took both at the same time with 20 mg doses, and it screwed me up when I tried to sleep, even though I took it in the morning. I think I was awake for 6 hours?
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