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Cilalopram...

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YommyMommy Fri 26-Oct-12 14:25:29

I can only handle positive stories right now please smile

I have started on 10mg today for anxiety and depression. I'm do relived to b getting some help and looking forward to feeling like myself...I know it won't work over night but would love to hear success stories!

X x

skyebluezombie Fri 26-Oct-12 14:30:39

I started on 10, went on to 20 after a fortnight as that was the plan. They worked fine, felt a bit spacy for a couple of days, but started feeling "normal" again after only a few days. I went along fine for weeks, then got all down again and the dose was upped to 30 and now Im fine grin honest!

They said to allow weeks for it to kick in, but it didnt take that long for me.

YommyMommy Fri 26-Oct-12 18:17:07

Thank you skyblue,

Can I ask if you feel it's better to take at night or in the morning?

I have 2 small children and work also so can't b too out of it?? grin x x

madasa Fri 26-Oct-12 20:28:07

I started on 10mg about 6 months ago. Gradually I have had to increase my dose to 40mg which now feels right for me.

I honestly think it saved my life.

Good luck with it...I hope it helps you

Best thing I ever did. Well done and feel better soon x

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Oct-12 20:37:05

Good luck and really hope it works for you as is has done for me. I have just come off it after 13 months. smile

I will not lie, I found the first few weeks quite tough, but I started on 20mg and went up to 40mg.

Don't worry if you feel a bit hot and sweaty in the mornings-that's normal but does diminish in time I found. I also had very vivid dreams not nightmares just very real and film-like. That's normal too. I also had constipation

One step at a time and in time you will feel the difference. Back to the GP if you think anything is wrong or the dosage needs a tweak. x

addictedtolatte Fri 26-Oct-12 20:48:32

they gave me the strengh to turn my life around. they made me a bit tired. no probs coming off them either good luck

YommyMommy Fri 26-Oct-12 21:05:34

Thank you lovely ladies!! I really appreciate all the success stories! I took the first one tonight so first step on the ladder smile x x

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Oct-12 21:08:02

Prepare to feel brave Yommy and to reclaim your life. smile

YommyMommy Fri 26-Oct-12 21:09:39

Thank you sparkling x x

skyebluezombie Sat 27-Oct-12 00:11:45

I take mine every morning as thats what the doctor said, but I know that a lot of people take them at night because they make them feel tired.

After STBXh walked out on me, I was in such a state of shock, that I just sat around crying and shaking day after day, not eating. poor DD was getting affected by it and I said I cant carry on like this...... So off I went to the doctor to ask for some help.

Once the tablets kicked in, I started to feel better and it took away the anxious desperate feeling that I had. I think Ive been on them for about 6 months now and they really do help.

I hope that they work for you

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 11:20:47

Second "happy pill" down the hatch. I'm glad to report that I've had no really horrible side effects til now.

I was sick very early this morning and have been awake since 3, but as the side affects don't last it's a small price to pay to b on the road to recovery, right?? smile

My mood is still really low today. And every small task seems like its a mountain to climb, but I'm having less thoughts of not wanting to b here so that's a positive.

Thank you all again for ur support x x

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 11:57:03

All to be expected Yommy, just keep going. In the first weeks I remember driving to the shops but not being able to go in.sad Thinking about that now it seems odd that I felt like that.

It is all a bit of a mountain but you are on your way up it now. x

addictedtolatte Sat 27-Oct-12 12:09:44

it takes around 2 to 3 weeks to feel the positive effects. its normal for your mood to dip whilst your body is adjusting. well worth ir in the end

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 12:19:52

Thank you sparkling.

I took the first one yesterday at night, so decided to take today's in the morning to see if that helps with the sleep!

It's all trial n error at moment x x

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:22:21

My GP said take in the morning so I just did as i was told. smile She said taking it at night might disrupt sleep patterns. But there are many people that take it at night no problem.

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 12:27:21

Positive report here too. I've been off them for a month but wouldn't hesitate to go on them again if I need to. I took them for panic disorder but am trying NLP now and upping my vits/minerals. I just got a book out of the library on NLP though not going for therapy.

Do you feel ok taking 2 so close together?

I hope you don't get many side effects but if you do get any stick with them, it'll pass.

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:28:32

I've been off them for a month too Curious. I feel fine how about you?

cocolepew Sat 27-Oct-12 12:29:51

I was on 20 mg for 2 years, I came of in in the summer, I took mine at night because it made me tired. Yes to the vivid dreams! It was great, really helped me.

Good luck.

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:31:25

I met my late Grandparents again in one vivid dream cocole. We were in their house and it all looked the same. It was great. Hope that doesn't sound too weird. smile

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 12:35:56

I feel great up to now Sparkling. Your dream doesn't sound odd to me but then again I am a Spiritualist grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:41:30

That's good Curious. I can't understand how I have come off them but feel ok IYKWIM. grin

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 12:44:15

Is there something different about your life Sparkling? Eating differently? Less stress? New hobby or relationship?

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:49:44

Probably less stress Curious. There was a lot going on when I started on them last year but things have settled. DS1 has moved schools taking a chunk of angst away. I am volunteering for the Cats' Protection League so focussing on other stuff again.

This sounds odd but I am not sure I would have been brave enough to do the school move without the Citalopram. It enabled me to see straight enough I think.

Sorry about thread hijack Yommy. It is all positive still. smile

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 12:51:04

Oh and I am walking 3 miles a day. That makes a huge difference re energy.

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