I would really appreciate hearing anyone's experience of being on citalopram for depression.
I've tried Fluoxetine and Sertraline to varying degrees of success over the past few years. I've had a very difficult year, and, although my mood is better, it's never been stable. I find it very easy to slip back into my former depressive patterns after even a minor setback. There is a load of other shit to come (DPs are in the process of divorcing, I'm a student so still live at home with younger siblings) so I want to feel stable in myself, and, crucially, able to cope.
The nurse at uni suggested thinking about citalopram. My only worry is that I have uni exams in a month which I really need to pass, and I don't want to be really ill with side effects. I also have trouble sleeping which is obviously important around exams. I would love to hear people's experiences with it so I can talk to my GP about it (appt on Tuesday). Thanks in advance.
It's really hard to either recommend or discourage these things as everyone has a different experience with different medication! Which one out of the two you've tried before gave the best result? Would you consider going back onto that as you know what it'll be like? If you think potential side effects would be worse than how you feel now, you may just want to power through the next month with all your focus on revising for the exam and then see what your stance is afterwards with that out of the way. Or, if getting through that period with no medicinal help feels unbearable then it's worth a shot. Ultimately the chat with your doctor should clear things for you!
I've taken it. Side effects were awful for 2weeks or just over. But after that I felt bloody fabulous! All much energy, patience and time went by 'normally' (if that makes any sense!) I slowly stopped taking it a few months back, but have come to realise it may be a bit soon. I sat with the packet in the kitchen for over a few weeks months because I was terrified of the side effects. And wish I had taken it sooner. Wishing you luck----
I've been on it for the past 4 years. Side effects were awful for the first 3 weeks, perhaps longer. I just yawned all the time bizarrely, nausea, feeling spaced out and not able to sleep (although that has always been a problem). Now, I never want to come off it, my moods are completely stable and I feel like I imagine "normal" must feel. However, my sex drive has completely disappeared.
I've been taking it for about 15 months, an increased dose since Christmas (was 20mg, now 40mg daily).
I'm not quite sure if it's having any effect to be truthful - my anxiety and depression feels a little more under control, but I certainly don't feel like a different person and I'm not sure how much of the improvement is down to time and behavioural changes.
That being said, other than headaches for the first couple of weeks (I get terrible headaches anyway, so this was nothing new for me), I didn't have any side effects. I do, however, notice 'withdrawal' symptoms is I forget to take it - not severe, but bizarre, like lightheadedness and mild nausea.
In your situation, it might be worth a go and see how you get on with side effects in the first week - SSRIs need time to work, so it's difficult to say how much effect they would have in a week (possibly not a lot), but you should know whether side effects are bearable or not.
Oh wow, wasn't expecting so many replies! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.
I would be reluctant to go back on sertraline as it made me feel physically awful, even after about 6 weeks on it. The Prozac is a possibility, but I actually overdosed badly on it last year when it stopped helping - it had worked previously though.
The reason the nurse suggested citalopram is because anecdotally the side effects are less severe and my doses could be titrated, starting very small if I wanted. Even though there probably wouldn't be an effect on my mood before exams, hopefully the worst of any side effects would be over by then (4 weeks time). I'm also thinking about the long term - it's a long summer holiday! I will chat through with the doctor obviously, but it's really good to hear some anecdotal experiences.