Hi, looking for some advice. I had a breakdown of sorts in 2016 and started on citalopram 10mg as couldn't tolerate the side effects at 20mg. Things got better and was on them 18 months but looking back I began to slip into anxious depressive state for about 12 months. I have quite bad health related anxiety so when I do not feel great I start 'researching' I decided that a changed of ssri was what I needed, looking back I probable should have gone for a dose increase. However the GP went along with it and I'm now on Escitalopram 10mg. I'm still anxious and depressed although not as bad. But also so unmotivated and feel dead inside. Around my period I also feel like everyone would be better off if I wasn't here which I know isn't right.
GP wants to increase my Escitalopram dose. But my short term memory is shot to pieces on this drug and I don't feel myself on it. No joy etc.
I'm thinking that I should change and try another drug, perhaps fluoxetine as it has been shown to help with PMT/PMDD which I feel has a part to play in my illness. I'm really confused and done trust myself. Not sure what I'm asking really! Anyone had experience of where I am now? People seem to think Escitalopram is great so I wonder if I'll regret my decision to change.
I do wonder that Aunty Elle, my gynaecologist didn’t seem to think so and just recommended the coil but as I’m so anxious I didn’t feel I could cope with worrying about the side effect of that as well! I’ve been seriously thinking. I think I’m going to try an increase to 15mg and give that a go. If not I’ll switch. This is so difficult
I was always told that e/citalopram was not really effective at 10mg. I also couldn’t handle the side effects when I started on 20 so I went down to 10 then moved up to 20 and it was so much better... so I would try doing that.
Thanks for your advice. Am starting 15mg Thursday once I finish work. I’m told that lower doses of ssris are less effective on anxiety so I’m hopeful as this would be equivalent to 30mgs citalopram I was previously on. Got a call from talking therapy to say I’m on waiting list and it’s at the moment 3 months long so all in all a better day with what feels like a plan. Now to get through the start up side effects...