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Just sooo tired on Citalopram - 6 weeks in

(8 Posts)
Blossom4538 Sun 05-Nov-17 21:52:40

I'm so tired! Is this normal. I feel calmer but at the moment, a little low from being so tired and can't be bothered to socialise much!

I still get a little nausea in the mornings and dizzy spells.

WorldWideWanderer Sun 05-Nov-17 22:03:19

I had this drug, it was years ago now when I was depressed after my divorce. I was on it for 6 months and I have never felt so tired in my life, endless tiredness, sometimes I could hardly get out of bed. It was definitely the tablets, not the depression, and the tiredness never went. I also began to have aching joints - the doctor told me it couldn't be the tablets but I do believe it was. The nausea goes eventually.
I weaned myself off the tablets by shaving a bit off each tablet every day, and slowly I shaved more and more off. The doctor told me to start missing tablets once I wanted to come off them but I read that this isn't the best way to come off them, so I did it my way. The less tablet I took, the less tired I was.....
I am not a qualified medical expert though, that's just my experience.

TrickyTreeLou Mon 06-Nov-17 10:02:52

I've just started citalopram and have upped to 20mg this week from 10mg. I have the opposite problem, not tired at night so not dropping off until 11.30pm - ish, and then waking very early. So I'm knackered but unable to sleep. Also waking with headaches.

I do think it affects sleep, but clearly affects people differently!

sillysausage16 Mon 06-Nov-17 15:38:37

Hi everyone I was literally just about to start a citalopram post about my side effects.

Started on 20mg a day 3 weeks ago and had horrendous palpitations and a little breathlessness, as though I had had a fright. My anxiety became unbearable and worsened when I got my first ever uti and was convinced I had something seriously wrong with me. The doc increased my dose to 40mg on Wednesday and since then I have been dizzy and achy and overthinking absolutely everything and constantly worrying about everything. It’s driving me insane. I think I was better off on the lower dose

IJoinedJustToPostThis Mon 06-Nov-17 15:44:27

OP, if you are taking it first thing in the morning then you might find that switching to taking it in the evening helps.

millifiori Mon 06-Nov-17 16:02:29

I had to come off citalopram because of this in the end. It really wrecked my energy levels. Great for mood, but I could just have slept all day every day. Watch out for it. If it doesn't pass, you might need to change to a different SSRI.

MissSV Tue 07-Nov-17 11:20:14

Oh I only just seen this post.. I started another one... took my first one last night and felt really sick and really panicky... really scared about taking another now!

annaharvey Tue 07-Nov-17 21:47:40

If you are allergic to a certain drug then don't take it. I suggest you consult with a GP and come up with an alternative med.

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