To feel fantastic even though the pills can't be working yet...

(23 Posts)
HeavenlyPeas Mon 08-Feb-16 20:52:35

Started citalopram 20mg two weeks ago for (late diagnosed) PND. Took me ages to go to the doctor as I wasn't keen on medication, tried various 'getting a grip' methods etc. Doc prescribed it, says it takes 3-4 weeks to work properly, and the first two weeks would be hell with side effects.

In fact from about 4 days in I've felt on top of the world, better than I have in years. Bar a bit of nausea and insomnia, no side effects either. I'm torn between being utterly thrilled and worried that it can't possibly be real and is all in my head/ some kind of psychological effect from finally having my misery recognised, and it's all going to come crashing down soon.

Give me a shake?

theycallmemellojello Mon 08-Feb-16 20:57:39

Nah I had a very positive effect on my depression from SSRIs before they were supposed to have an effect. The time they take to kick in is just an average - everyone's body is different and reacts differently to drugs - I get the feeling that that is especially true with drugs for psychiatric issues. Of course the placebo effect could be at play too, but that's no bad thing either!

CornishDoll82 Mon 08-Feb-16 20:58:51

I had an effect from about a week! Glad you feel better

startingmylifeagain Mon 08-Feb-16 21:01:52

Actually I've been on fluoxetine and citalopram, and in each case they took about 2 weeks to start having an effect.

Sunflower1985 Mon 08-Feb-16 21:02:06

They wouldn't want to say it takes less time, in case it didn't and you get disheartened and stop before it has a chance.

coughingbean Mon 08-Feb-16 21:03:26

I felt better the first day! Positive it was just the placebo effect but I didn't care as I felt sooo much better!
thanksOp

Fourarmsv2 Mon 08-Feb-16 21:07:10

I felt better very very quickly. No side effects either.Equally I feel rubbish if I miss one too. I have an awful grumpy cross day and then go to bed and realise I've missed a tablet.

I take sertraline.

Hope the upward trend continues for you smile

Fatrascals Mon 08-Feb-16 21:10:31

I felt better very quickly too.
Couldn't possibly have been placebo effect- I was way too low for that.

Glad you feel better OP- flowers

Slutbucket Mon 08-Feb-16 21:11:39

Yep 4 days for me and again I feel it if I missed a dose.

bakeoffcake Mon 08-Feb-16 21:14:16

It took two weeks for me to feel much better too.

So glad you're feeling goodflowers

RedOnHerHedd Mon 08-Feb-16 21:33:54

I've been on sertraline for 6 weeks and I feel like I've turned the corner, but definitely no where near better yet. However, I did feel better finally admitting that I was ill and needed help.

DontMindMe1 Mon 08-Feb-16 21:39:24

when i took my first sertraline 50mg tablet it hit me within about 2 hours. i had such a wonderful buzzy feeling and was giggling away, felt like i was spaced out and high at the same timegrin

Needtobebetter Mon 08-Feb-16 21:40:17

OP I could have written your post! I've now been on 20mg since December and although I've had a few down days they are no where near as bad as they were before. I had anxiety as a side effect for a few weeks but because I knew why I was feeling like that I could control it to a point.

I feel it if I miss a dose though, I feel very tired and demotivated. It's been amazing for me, I feel like I've got my life back. Glad you're feeling well OP.

MotherKat Mon 08-Feb-16 23:21:16

You can tell in less that 12 hours if DH skips a dose so I don't think yabu.

GloGirl Mon 08-Feb-16 23:24:37

I'm normally better within 2 weeks. Think my first bout of depression was 4 weeks but I was very low.

I do think it's probably placebo but who gives a shit! The sun is shining and food has real beautiful flavour again! Enjoy!! flowers

lougle Mon 08-Feb-16 23:44:11

Well wiki says it's 1 week to get steady plasma concentrations so yanbu.

TitClash Mon 08-Feb-16 23:53:32

YANBU and I'm glad you are getting a good result. smile flowers

I'm also glad you posted this, the stiff upper lip anti AD brigade have been getting their own way for far too long. smile

I felt the same with sertraline. I was much, much happier within about 48 hours.

Good luck op. I hope they keep working for you.

sandy30 Mon 08-Feb-16 23:59:30

YANBU. I felt elated for a day 1-2 weeks after starting 20mg Citalopram. After that, never looked back. Only side effect was a dicky tummy. But if I miss one, boy do I know about it! I have to reduce very slowly when coming off.

HeavenlyPeas Tue 09-Feb-16 08:16:33

Yay good to know it's not just me! I passed out when I was feeding DS to sleep last night as well so looks like the insomnia is subsiding too grin.

witsender Tue 09-Feb-16 08:19:35

I felt an improvement from day 3 from memory...I decided at the time that placebo or not it suited me!

Doodlekitty Tue 09-Feb-16 08:22:25

I had a really rubbish 1st day then an amazing week. 2 weeks in it seems to have settled a bit. I think the instant effect for me was from the realisation that the way I had been feeling wasn't normal and the acceptance that I needed meds

acasualobserver Tue 09-Feb-16 08:29:21

Sometimes the very act of seeking help and beginning treatment can have a hugely uplifting effect on mood.

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