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Just started on Citalopram

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Nanabana Wed 30-Jan-13 15:55:25

Have read old threads about side affects and quite worrying, but will give it a go. Hope it kicks in soon

zumo Wed 30-Jan-13 21:39:40

You can only try, works for many people but not all like all drugs, keep posative, eat well, bit of excersice it all helps, good luck

FiaGrace Wed 30-Jan-13 21:43:57

I would suggest taking it at night - some people feel quite odd/sick but taking it before bed normally helps.

I hope you begin to feel a bit better soon

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 09:05:58

i took my first dose yesterday, i was surprised to feel some side affects so soon.. nausea, funny mouth, sorry if TMI, but also experienced loose motions. I feel hopeful.

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 09:18:43

I'm on 20mg, been advised to take in the morning, but will try the evening if i'm struggling. I slept ok, I didn't have sleep problems previously, I liked to lose myself in sleep if anything. But I found that when I woke up, I was very awake and alert straight away.

I looked it up on wikepedia, and it said on there that Citalopram is used to treat major depression.. is that accurate? I guess it depends on the strength right?

QueenofDreams Thu 31-Jan-13 09:20:32

I've just been prescribed citalopram as well. I've taken two doses now and it's making me feel really sick.

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 09:22:16

Hi Nana. I am on Citalopram 20mg, have been up as high as 40mg for anxiety/depression.

Side effects to expect-

Feeling very hot-especially at night.
Clenchy/tight jaw
Vivid dreams

So don't worry about those. A year on I just have the vivid dreams.

Things may get a little worse before they get better, I persevered and it was so worth it. Good luck. x

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 09:31:09

thanks Sparkling, glad it's working for you, and good luck QueenofDreams. I wasn't sure what people meant by woolly mouth (I saw this on recent threads), but now I understand!

GP suggested speaking to a psychaitrist before starting meds, but I knew I would chicken out of that. I needed to leave the surgery with something in my hands.

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 09:33:29

It seems really unfair that the meds to make you better have these side effects, but try and think of the end result.

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 09:42:15

I cant even begin to imagine what the end result (if it works) might feel like, if you see what I mean

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 10:02:24

I know exactly what you mean Nana. I can't believe I ever used to feel the way I did before the meds now, if that makes sense. My counsellor said Citalopram takes the rough edges off and enables you to get on with things. That has turned out to be true. I am much braver than I was.

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 10:15:18

Yes I see what you mean. I hope I can look back and think the same thing at some point. Thank you thank you.

DH has been a bit odd, I dont think he thinks I need it, or he thinks my situationa is that bad, i'm not sure. But that's ok, I can't expect him to understand.

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 10:17:14

I am sure your DH will understand when he sees the difference it could make.

cleoismycat Thu 31-Jan-13 10:25:05

I'm on 30mg. Started on 20mg and felt like death for the first week with the side effects to the point of also coming off them, but the second week was an improvement and now its great!

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 10:45:07

that's great Cleo [smiie]

Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 10:45:30


Nanabana Thu 31-Jan-13 11:59:46

feeling wobbly, anxious, fidgety, can't concentrate, it is getting worse but i'm telling myself that this is what is meant to happen.

Percephone Thu 31-Jan-13 12:05:58

It is recommended to take citalopram in the morning because it can keep you awake if taken at night.

Persevere OP, most people settle down in a few days and it is generally well tolerated.

Good luck smile

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 12:06:41

Yes, don't panic. You will feel a bit strange while your body gets used to it. x

MissPricklePants Thu 31-Jan-13 12:09:02

I started on 20mg and now on 30mg, it will settle down and hopefully you will feel better soon xx

MechanicalTheatre Thu 31-Jan-13 12:12:04

I took Citalopram, made me feel a bit wonky for the first 2 weeks and then it really did work for me.

I've just started on Sertraline, no side effects as yet, which is odd as normally I get really bad side effects from ADs.

Sparklingbrook Thu 31-Jan-13 12:13:39

When you start on ADs I think it's human nature to think 'how am I feeling' a million times a day. if you can find some distractions that's a help-but it's hard when you can't focus on anything.

MaggieMaggieMaggieMcGill Thu 31-Jan-13 12:14:58

When I first took citalopram, I spent about three days feeling like I was on ecstasy, I could actually feel it moving through regions of my brain.
Been on it for over a year now and get nothing like that at all!

ledkr Thu 31-Jan-13 12:28:46

Hi can I gate crash? Just picked up my script for 20 mg I'm debating talking it tbh I feel shit enough without a load if side effects.
Been on Prozac before with no effects but go wants me to have this.
I'm depressed for sure but also coping with a lot at the moment. I have a bad sleeper and a para thyroid problem the side effects being depression mood swings and tiredness. I need a small op but won't be for weeks.
What to do?

MissPricklePants Thu 31-Jan-13 12:34:12

I have had no bad side effects, few weird dreams and a bit of jaw clenching but that passed quickly. Give it a try!

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