10 weeks in....just need a pep talk

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10 weeks total. Six weeks on 20mg. Now 4 weeks on 30mg. Had about a week of good days this past week (after side effects lessened from the dose increase). However, Ive been anxious and down again these past two days. I know the up and down is normal, but it is so frustrating. Any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. We have so much stuff coming up (which is probably feeding the anxiety) and I dont want to miss it because Im too anxious to leave my house.

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    It'll get better i assure you!

    I was still suffering at 10 weeks but it takes longer. I'm at about 18 weeks now & definitely feel a lot better.

    Just hang in there & try & think positive..

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    Hi x I'm on 4 weeks of 40mg and aren't feeling any better myself yet x from what a lot of people have told me on here when you change your dose you have to get used to the side effects and it takes your body a little while to adjust to the increase so don't get too disheartened. easier said than done I know x also it's still early days so the things you have coming up sounds like they are adding towards your anxiety. Once the meds are working anxiety should be a lot less so situations like you are facing should be easier to deal with. If you don't feel up to it just take it easy it's important that you take time to recover. Hopefully you will start to feel better after your plans have passed x

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    hi

    im only 2 weeks in on 20 mg 10 mg for 4 weeks and feeling like you want to do stuff but scared in case i cant and i feel low

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      Hi. I only took 10mg for four days just as a ramp up to 20mg. When I increased to 30mg, all the side effects came back. It took about 3 weeks on 20 and 30 for the side effects to settle down. The anxiety is worse now that im on meds than it ever was before. I just keep praying it will just take time. Its a miserable journey for sure. Good luck!!

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      hi 2 weeks but im anxious about going far in the car etc which i wasnt before i bloody started them.

      im on omeprazole for stomach issues too which is what brought it all on. Think im through the worst of it bit horrible 2 weeks x

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      Sally your story is my story exactly! I was put on this med after suffering severe reflux in January out of nowhere and going into panic with severe anxiety ever since . I was first put on Buspar that did not work out for me. I am on Protonix twice daily for reflux. I have found/read there is extreme connection between stomach issues and anxiety Im just not just sure which comes first ! I too have developed the long car ride issue with my main side effect being shortness of breath . What a viscious cycle!!! Lets stick with it!

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      hi Tonya,

      yes we have got a similar story

      where do you live are you in the uk?

      Steven being on omeparozole just means i cant take and diazepam which was hard when the anxiety was bad. It can be pretty poo goong through this xx

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    How are you feeling now? X

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      I'm really sorry to hear that x was hoping since it has been a few days you might be feeling a little better. Same here x today is a bad day. How long have you been on the 30mg now?

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      Five weeks on the 30mg now. Im sorry youre still struggling too. Dr said I could decrease back down to 20mg if I want, but Im not sure what to. My anxiety is 100 times worse than it ever was before meds. Its so hard to believe this will ever make me feel better than I did before I started taking them.

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      How did you feel when you was on 20mg? The problem is when you change you have to start the clock again and then suffer withdrawal or side effects so its such a pain! Have you been given anything to help with the anxiety like benzos or beta blockers? Its so difficult to decide what to do because everyone just keeps saying just stick with it it's normal but when you feel as poo as we do it's so difficult. No rush to decide what to do take a day or so to think it through x

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      I had about a week of improvement on 20 before I went back to square one with the anxiety. Then, I had about a week of improvement on 30 and then went back downhill. I do seem more shaky and tingly on 30 than I ever did on 20, but my other side effects have all gone away except the anxiety....until yesterday, when I lost my appetite again. Its like Im going the wrong direction.

      Yes, I have Xanax to take as needed, but it only helps temporarily.

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      Yeah it doesn't help for long does it and they are a right pain to get off benzos My advise would be to keep going with the 30mg for a little while longer even though its gonna be tough because atleast then you can say for sure that 30mg is definitely not working and then try 20mg. It would be a shame to change too soon only for you to go through the same thing all over again if that makes sense? How long have you been told to wait until it works?

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      When I was first on citalopram years ago it worked in about 2-3 weeks and this time since upping them I'm in the same position as you. My doc told me 4-6 weeks and it's definitely not looking that way for us is it. I really hope you start to notice a positive change soon. Do you think beta blockers would help? X

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      Hahahahaha well I was put on 20mg about 4 years ago and had no side effects and they worked really quick and felt amazing for years. Then they just kind of pooped out. So I was given mirtazapine to take with them too and I had a complete break down so bye bye mirtazipine and up my citalopram to 40mg. What about you?

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      all i know is this is my first and last time on antid.i would never play russian roulette with these meds.why ruin a good thing.have you ever thought if the posibility that you where just having a blip before doctor prescribe the mirt.?

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      It didn't even cross my mind I just panicked because my depression came back and went to the docs 2 days later I wish I had waited now! This whole thing sucks 😕 I really don't blame you. If you are lucky you get it right first time but that happens very rarely. I really do hope they start kicking in for you soon. Have you tried beta blockers to help with the palpitations, shaking fast heart beat and stuff?

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      Yeah I probably should have worded it slightly better lol. I wish I waited to see if it was a blip instead of jumping straight onto mirtazapine 🙄. So this is thr first AD you've tried? It is like playing Russian roulette and hoping for the best isn't it

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      well i try five different ones before celexa.celexa was the only one that gave me relief.i went thru five months of hell trying to find the proper med.i could not deal with the severe side effects from the other meds.celexa although has horrible side effects they where nothing compare to the side effects of the other meds.

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      Wow so you tried quite a few others! What ones did you try? So how did celexa feel different to the rest? Beta blockers help mainly for the physical symptoms of anxiety just not the ruminating thoughts. They are a blood pressure med but are used to treat anxiety too. They are safe and rarely have side effects. I've been taking a low dose 10mg on the bad days and it just calms my body a bit. Doesn't help depression though so might be worth giving them a go for your anxiety x

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