Aa
A
A
Close
17020225 tn?1455753197
Celexa possibly causing jaw clenching
I started taking celexa about 2 weeks ago and have noticed that recently I have been clenching my jaw a lot without realizing it. At night and during the day. I don't even notice I have been doing it until my jaw gets sore and my teeth start to hurt. I didn't have this problem prior to taking celexa. Has anyone else had this happen? Could it be caused by the medication?
Cancel
10 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
Yes, it can be a side effect of both Lexapro and Celexa.  They have an odd side effect of causing pressure in the head.  It might go away, you might get used to it, or it might not.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Well, here we go again -- my response didn't print.  Bet it comes up now.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
Its a very irritating side effect. Pretty uncomfortable. Hopefully it does go away very soon , but its not really feeling like it will.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
Thank you for the information.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
So the jaw clenching hasn't stopped. I went back to the doctor after a month on celexa for a follow up. I told them about the clenching, and they seemed surprised. Said they haven't heard of that side effect before. Which is the same thing my pharmacist said. I thought it was odd because antidepressants are listed as a cause for bruxism. But any way they decided to have me try Zoloft now. So hopefully that'll work for the anxiety and stop the jaw clenching. The celexa really seemed to help the anxiety, panic attacks, alit though so I'm sad it had the side effects.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
A lot*
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
I've been taking the Zoloft a little over 2weeks now and the jaw clenching has stopped. However my anxiety has really kicked up. Not sure whether its a withdraw from the celexa or the Zoloft just not having its full effect yet..
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Maybe your Dr needs to up your Zoloft? My Dr increased mine when I let him know.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
17020225 tn?1455753197
I did get the mg changed from 50 to 100. It seems to be working better .
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
This happened to me. I woke up two weeks after starting escitalopram and felt like I had been beaten in the jaw with a bat. Many hundreds of dollars later, MRI, pain meds, muscle relaxers, and arthrocentisis on both sides, I am now off escitalopram. I will never use it again. I was way more suicidal with chronic TMD than with regular old mood disorder!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
3010990 tn?1340515356
Blank
Bonny_T will I learn one day :-( Comment
21 hrs ago
495284 tn?1333897642
Blank
dominosarah commented on little sheepdoggies
May 25
Avatar universal
Blank
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar universal
Blank
Arlington, VA
Avatar universal
Blank
MI
675718 tn?1449992146
Blank
El Paso, TX
Avatar universal
Blank
973741 tn?1342346373
Blank
1530171 tn?1448133193
Blank
London, ON
Anxiety Community Resources