1 week into citalopram - does it really get better?

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I have been taking citalopram for 1 week now, 20mg, for anxiety and depression. I am suffering with feeling sick for most of the morning and feel no signs of improvement in my mood.

I know it can take time but will things really get better? Feeling pretty hopeless at the moment sad

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    it will get better, people told me it can take up to 12 weeks for your body to fully adjust to and assimilate the Citalopram, but the side effects will come and go but they will pass and affect people in different ways, it's tough to get used to but stick with it and things will improve with it, everyone on here has experienced the start in some way and some very nice and supportive folk on here will agree to stick with it and take it a day at a time, but it will get better smile 

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    Aj,

    It will get better. Keep a journal of your progress. This way if you feel you are not improving you can read on the past and see you actually are. I had a rough beginning with many side  effects but I’m at day 53 and doing much better. I’m getting my life back. Drink water and go for walks with headphones 🎧 listening to your favorite music and chill. Look at nature. Trust me it helps a lot with the fatigue and anxiety. I didn’t walk yesterday and this morning I have crazy  

    Anxiety. There’s great people on here to help you through this. I could never have done it without these people! 

    Just keep us posted. 😎

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    Hi

    I had the sickness quite bad every morning it does get better it isnt easy but hang on in there x I did have councelling and downloaded an end anxiety tape which i found really good it helps to focus the brain . You have to find out what is best for you but try not to fight the feelings just go with them deep breathe throughout .The journal that Will said is an excellent idea my councelling advised me to do this .Think of all the negative things write them down then write down about how you would like to feel when you get up and fall asleep thinking that thought .Sounds silly but it does really work

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    welcome here aj.., be strong u will get throu this,, side effects stayed with me for a long time but it dose get better i promise... dont be hard on urself , tri to relax as much as you can , i know is not easy i m just in week 10 i do see a lot of improvements ,, but is not fast fix i read alot and i lisen to people here 2 it dose take about 2-3 months to see full work on the tablet,,, gd luck and we all here for each other.... 

    ben

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    yes,it will get better,you need to give it more time for the ssri to work in your body ,this can take up to 8/10 weeks
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    AJ

    Like most have stated things will clear up over time but it can take a while before they do. Like Will said journaling is a great idea. I just used mine this morning, I have had a pretty rough start to the morning and started feeling pretty negative and that I was never going to get better, then I looked through my journal and it reminded me of all the progress I have made and that today is just one day on the road to recovery. It's not always easy but try to focus on anything positive that might happen and dont put pressure on yourself to be all the way better at all at once.

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    Yes AJ I had nausea for the first 4 weeks Bradley then it lessened for another 2 weeks and left. Still don’t have much appetite but feeling better than I was. Still blips of anxiety but for a part of the day not all day like it was before. As everyone says take 1 day at a time and celebrate your good days!!
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    Yes, it definitely takes weeks if not months for the side effects to wear off. For me, the first two weeks were the worst. Then, it gradually started to improve. A meal where I was actually hungry, then an entire day where I had my appetite back. A morning where I was in a good mood, then most of the day, than an entire day. It does take time.

    ?Walking a lot did wonders for me. I need to start doing that again, especially since I'm going through a bit of a rough patch right now.

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    Thanks all for your advice. I guess it is still early days in my journey on it - just a shame it is feeling worse at the beginning! I will persevere though as I really need this help.

    I have found myself going for long walks lately - seems to be the only way of coping/escaping at the moment! I am going to try journaling too so thanks for that suggestion.

    Anymore tips greatly welcomed - it is good to be on here with like minded people as I feel like I am just dragging friends and family down with me.

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      I'm 10 days on 20 mg too and that first week was horrific. I was throwing up every morning I couldn't look after my daughter even filling the washing machine was hard. The doctors put me on 2mg of diazepam for five days and that calmed me down and got me by. I've now been off the diazepam for four days and the anxiety is getting easier but I've got awful headaches and little appetite but I know I'm better than I was this time last week. We just need to look at the positives even if they are only little. I've been through this six years ago and this drug changed my life for the better but it was hard in the beginning. Stick with it and we're here for u but I did find cutting out caffeine helped me.x

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    Hi, I’ve been on citalopram for 4 weeks (first week 10 mg and 3 weeks 20mg) 

    I had every side effect going! Severe anxiety, nausea(worse in morning) zero appetite, insomnia, panic attacks, dry mouth, literally most of the side effects, nightmare! It started to ease off after 2 weeks, and can honestly say I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and getting some relief now! This is the second time on these and I found it a lot longer this time for my body to adjust?! 

    Please believe me when I say this, it will get better and you just have to ride this nightmare out for a bit longer! 

    Take care and if you have anymore questions I’m all ears!smile this forum helped me in those horrible first 2 weeks! 

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    One thing I find helpful is reading about other people who have also struggled with anxiety. I'd look up blogs or magazine articles online. I also read a non-fiction/memoir book called My Age of Anxiety. It's not self-help, but rather the author's own experience in dealing with it. It's written in a more humorous way, so it's not a book that will get you down.

    ?Cleaning/re-organizing is also something that (strangely!) helped me keep my mind off things.

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      I might have a look for that book and give it a go - it would definitely help to read of other experiences even if it is done in a humorous way! 

      Definitely need to find something to completely distract me as at the moment, it is on my mind 100% of the time. Especially with feeling so sick too. 

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