11 weeks on Citalopram need some reassurance

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Good morning, I have been on CIT for eleven weeks, 5 weeks on 20mg , 6 weeks on 30mg. I have had a few good days, but mainly bad days. At the moment i feel like I have gone back by 2 big steps, I mainly had depression, but now suffering a bit wiith anxiety. I just need some reassurance to keep going with these AD,s. I just feel down all the time and feel like I am fighting a continual battle, Is there any end to this battle,

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    Hi Val/you will get side effects because you are not staying on 1 dose ,so taking on 20 mgs you didn't stay on that dose for a min 8/10 weeks

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    I too have been on Citalopram for depression. I took 10mg for 5 weeks and have been on 20mg for the last 5 weeks, so 10 weeks altogether.

    The first 4 weeks were terrible. My depression got worse and I had bubbling anxiety all the time along with insomnia. I just had to keep telling myself that it would get better.

    I told the doctor I was no better and he put the dose up to 20mg but I don't know how much he knows about these meds . He told me that I shouldn't have the side-effects again, including anxiety, but they started all over again.

    However, 2 weeks after starting on 20mg, the insomnia improved and the anxiety lessened. I'm not as depressed as before, but I think it may take quite some time yet before I feel well.

    My depression is compounded by grief for estranged adult children, and anti-depressants won't deal with that, but they enable me to function.

    I hope your anxiety abates soon and you start to feel some benefit. I know this drug has helped me in the past.


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      Thank you for your words of Wisdom. Sorry to hear about your estranged adult children, Worries and problems dont stop just because they are older, The problems just get bigger. I think I am probably being impatient, I had the insomnia, that does seem a little better, but like you describe the bubbling anxiety is awful, and mine seems to have been worse this week, I feel like the side effects are back .

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    The side-effects can come and go a bit as your body gets used to the tablets. I know that I am nowhere near as anxious as I was in the early days of taking them. I keep a journal to monitor how I feel each day. It us helpful looming back, as I can see that I gave improved.

    I'm sure your anxiety will start to improve soon. Sometimes you need to be in these drugs for quite a long time, depending on the nature and circumstances of your depression.

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