Definitely speak to your GP, but I had horrible side effects for about a month after starting citalopram, then they went away and I really felt some benefit from taking it. It was by far the best AD for me, but unfortunately, in the long term, made me gain lots of weight.
Part of his depression and anxiety has been his inability to sleep. He's lucky if he gets 4 hours a night. This is obviously adding to how he's feeling. The doc said the ADs should help him sleep. If he's still having issues after a few more weeks on them I'm sure he'll go back.
I had awful trouble on both sertaline and escitalopram, they were very activating for me. I could not sleep past 4am no matter what I did, and persisted with this and heightened anxiety for 6 weeks before I cracked and had to change meds.
If the side effects haven't passed soon go back to your GP. SSRIs just don't suit everyone.
Hi, I've been on it for 8 weeks. 2 weeks is still really early days. I was told 4-6 weeks was when they start kicking in and around 8 weeks before they start to take full effect. It's up to you of course, but don't give up. I've been on it before after pnd and it worked then too. At 8 weeks I'm starting to feel myself again xxx
Hi stargazey I have been taking it for 7 weeks now. Overall I definitely feel better, but it didn't seem to start working till 4 weeks or so. I am much less tearful than I was and able to get out of the house most days now. Sleep is still pretty bad but it has been for a long time, it's no worse than before the meds. I do feel sluggish and always need a nap, which contributes to not sleeping well at night. This is my first time taking ADs so I have nothing to compare it to but am grateful for the overall improvement. Hope you start to feel better soon. xx PS No weight gain so far - that would be really discouraging...
Yes, it did help me a great deal. In fact back in Jan 2012 it was a lifesaver...literally.
I've been on it on and off since 2007. I came off a few times but have always had to go back eventually. I have come to the reluctant conclusion that it may always be part of my life. Having said that I have just stopped taking it, intending to give myself a break until the autumn. I know the withdrawal symptoms will be shite but short term and all being well the depression won't return for a few months (and maybe not at all). Why? Because I am the fattest I have ever been and I can be 99% sure it's down to the drug - and I have no libido which I hate.
My GP leaves me to it to a large extent. Obviously I have to have health check ups and debriefs to make sure I'm OK, but as he says I know my body and my mood better than anyone else.