I have now been on 10mg Citalopram for 2 weeks, have to higher the dose to 20mg at the weekend, at the moment I am not feeling too good, hightened anxiety which the GP told me to expect, only sleeping a couple of hours a night and tummy upsets, I would love to hear other people's experiences with this drug as I am not sure whether to pack it in or carry on, thank you.
Success stories of Citalopram please.
I've been on 20mg for 2 months. Check my thread I have a good experience but if you still have problems they normally up them. However, I asked for a stronger dose and the Dr refused until after 6 months.
Thanks so much, I have read your thread and it helps to hear a good experience about them, I am determined to carry on with them especially now I have got over the first 2 weeks.
I've been taking 40mg of Citalopram for little over a year now. I used to had mad breakdowns every few months until i started taking them and i havnt had a single one since. When I first began taking them i had bad headaches for a few weeks but thats just a common affect along with the ones you've mentioned. I wouldnt worry you should be fine it just takes your body time to adjust (:
Thank you Joanne, it's good to know that it helped you, I am now in week 4 and have been taking 20mg for 5 days, still getting some of the side effects especially the hightened anxiety but I have heard that it can take up to 6-8 weeks to start feeling it is doing some good.
heightened anxiety doesnt sound good ...but in the whole you feel better ? more hopeful about life ?
Keep going, it takes time to take effect and the side effects decrease after the first couple of weeks. The benefits I got from it far outweighed the side effects I had, it gave me the space I needed to make a success of the therapy sessions I was attending.
I upped my dose feel so much better ... Though after drinking sessions I get anxious next day ... Seems alcohol doesn't mix well .. On the whole 3 weeks in and happy more energy , laughing and singing again
Thanks for letting me know your experiences with Citalopram, I am just starting my 6th week, but only 2 of these have I been on 20 mg, 10mg before that. I think things are slowly getting better and the anxiety is a lot less than it was a few weeks ago,
I have been taking Citalopram for 11 months and it took me 2-3 months to adjust and settle down. I really feel it has helped me change my outlook and approach. I was in a very controlling relationship but I was also allowing myself to be controlled. Taking cit has helped me stand back and let others take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming me for them. I don't think I would have made this transition on my own. Good luck, there isn't a quick fix but for me, persevering has paid off.
thanks for sharing that Ali ,Its great to hear !!
hi I have just started taking citalopram, literally only 2 tablets. Already i feel dizzy, light headed and quite
agitated. Am wondering if this is normal or a coincidence, and something else is going on. Seems a bit
soon. Feel shattered and bit "drugged up". Maybe taking at night would be better?? Wondering if the light at
the end of the tunnel will ever appear :-((
Thanks Ali, it is good to know that you started to feel the benefit after 2-3 months, I realise now that it isn't going to be an overnight thing, I have been on them 6 weeks now and still get the bad day but saw my GP this morning after 2 weeks and he said he could see a big difference in me so hopefully shel there is light at the end of the tunnel it just takes time, best of luck .
Hi Shel - sorry to hear you are feeling so rotten. I can remember feeling so desperate for the medication to help me and all it ends up doing is making you feel worse. All I can say to you is to try and persevere if possible. Be kind to yourself and try to keep eating, it does get better. Good luck Ali x
Thanks Ali, am only on about day 6 and feel so stressed its unbelievable. Have switched to taking the tablet at night, but appear to be getting lots of side affects. Am sweating all teh time just now and anxiety levels have rocketed. trying to stay positive as i know it takes time for these to work, but finding it harder and harder. thank you for your reply xx
it does take a while to get used to citalopram but they do work when you are used to and beyond the side effects i am now on 40 mg per day but one thing i have found is when you miss just 1 dose it can become really scary i found myself in tears,i should say that i was in hospital at the time and they did not have them in the pharmacy i thought i was being silly but my daughter in law had experienced the exact same thing just one dose i had to get my brother to bring me one from home and was fine after a day and they were back in my system i was quite shocked that it only took a single few hours without them to reduce me to a basket case so keep taking them and dont miss a dose good luck,
It's been a month today since starting citrapram ... This weekend I felt great my old self again , woke up today really positive .. Went to doctors who officially upped my dose and is arranging for me to see a therapist ... Then Sods law I came crashing down with an anxiety attack ((( does it ever go ????
Dendo sorry to hear that, I am now on week 7 and still getting the odd bad days, I hope it will work eventually.
@ dendo what was it upped to? I noticed I crashed under stress and the doc upped to 40mg which is much better.
Been upped to 40 mg ... I want so much to be my old self again ... Can't understand howi was so happy this morning and then crashed !! Maybe it's alcohol affecting it
Hi dendo, it took me about 6 weeks to two months on 40mg to stabilise my mood. I was still pretty volatile up until then and alcohol definitely made it worse'
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