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has anyone ever swapped brands of anti d's during treatment?

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mad4myboys Mon 02-Nov-09 19:32:39

I'm on 40mg of citalopram and have been on them for 10 months for pnd/anxiety. I think they have given me spots/acne. I was on them for the same reason after I had ds1 for about 18 months and again at that time i had bad skin again.

My skin was ok before when i hadnt been on them and i thought was the pill but i now think it is the citalopram. I spoke to my gp who said yes it could be the pills and i asked about changing brands to say prozac and she said it was fine to be but that id have to go cold turkey for a few days before i could start the prozac. She said this was because i had to get the citalopram out of my system. I really dont want to go cold turkey but really want to swap brands as y skin is really getting me down (not helping my self esteem!)

Just wondering if anyone else has managed to change brands? If i miss one dose the next day i feel sooooo sick and awful headache and dizzyness and there is no way i could cope with that for a few days with both ds's when dh works long hours.

mad4myboys Mon 02-Nov-09 20:14:47


MitchyInge Mon 02-Nov-09 20:24:28

yes, I went through LOTS of different brands (slightly different situation, was a first episode of bipolar depression) - including citalopram, sertraline, venlafaxine, mirtazapine, paroxetine, reboxetine (not in that order) plus other types

it might be worth a few days of feeling grim in order to make the switch?

mad4myboys Mon 02-Nov-09 20:32:38

im scared to do it though? what if it affects me mentally?

MitchyInge Mon 02-Nov-09 21:04:39

would it be possible to go into hospital for the changeover, or get some extra support at home? are you worried you might harm yourself?

mad4myboys Tue 03-Nov-09 09:31:08

sorry i wasnt very clear, im not worried about harming myself, its just that last time i was on them i dont think it was higher than 20mg whereas now im on 40mg i know its not time to come off them (when normally you wean yourself off them) but to suddenly go cold turkey for a few days to change brand... its more the anxiety/stress levels that worry me, the depression side of things i think i have under control.

Bizarelly id prefer to be in hosp (have a breadk grin )

but not possible. i have 3 yr old and 1 yr old and dh works long hours...i dont have any extra help either.

If it was just that id feel ill for a few days id get on with it but will i have a set back mentally?

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