15 days on 20mg and ready to give up.

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After two weeks of side effects, daily headaches, terrible fatigue and loss of appetite, I am starting to wonder if this is ever going to work. I may have unrealistic expectations, so I hope some of you can tell me how long it took for you to start feeling a change in low mood and lack of enthusiasm. 

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    It does take time for citalprom to kick in and u get worse the better, just hang on side effects will go, it can take 4 weeks to feel better, cheers.
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    It does take time for citalprom to kick in and u get worse the better, just hang on side effects will go, it can take 4 weeks to feel better, cheers.
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      Thanks so much Richardt, I can do another two weeks, I just can't face the thought of feeling like this for months. I appreciate your help. Take care, Lee 
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    Hi Lee

    your side effects will pass, as others have stated it takes between 4 to 6 weeks before feeling the benefits. Your side effects won't last much longer I would hang on for another couple of weeks at most. I know it's really hard living with the side effects but I promise you it will be worth the wait.

    How is your appetite now? Not being able to eat can make you feel more of the other side effects. Eg your body becomes more run down.

    Are you getting any other side effects?

    I had them all ....so know first hand how horrendous they can be!

    Here for you xx

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      Thank you so much Lorraine. Just battling with fatigue and no appetite. A little anxious at times and headaches. Ugh, at least I am sleeping  reasonably well. I can't wait for the good stuff to start happening as I'm feeling like a real drag. Thank you again. x
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      Lee

      It may be worth talking to your doctor about your lack of appetite if it doesn't improve in the couple of weeks. It didn't improve for me until i changed antidepressants. I am sure not eating properly delayed my recovery. I waited nearly six months before changing my antidepressant... don't wait that long! General rule of thumb is three months on your antidepressant is enough time to know if it is going to work for you. I told you I have only got better in the last ten days this was definitely 100% due to the change of med to mirtazipine. I had no side effects on this apart from a little bit sleepy on the first day...but now I'm eating like a horse! ! Not bothered though as lost an incredible amount of weight whilst on cit. The first thing we are given isn't necessarily going to work for us..its like finding a needle in a haystack. I honestly feel it's worth having a chat with your doc.

      How are you doing today,?

      Xxx

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    You're not going to like me - it took me about 3-4 months then a further 2 months until I was completely well.

    You have to gauge your recovery in months, not weeks.  I know it's slow, but it's really worth it in the end.  The feelings you're getting now will wear off like the others said - these side effects always happen in the first few weeks.

    I'd been ill with anxiety for 15 years so waiting a few months was a small price price to pay in comparison.  What else was there for me - go back to more years of illness or push through with the meds?  I'd do it all again tomorrow.  I've been back to normal for years now.

    Its tough on these meds, but I promise it does get better.

    K x

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      Thanks Kate, I still like you, just wish it was faster, but as you say, the alternative is worse so I will push on and get through it until I reach the other side. Your advice is always most welcome and I hope to be saying "I would do it all again" in good time. Lee x
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      Hi Katecogs...

      Was wondering what dose you are on??

      I am just going into week 6 now...10mg...id like to stay on this dose as it worked for me before. I have been feeling slightly better than i was with the odd glimps of my old self...but mainly only glimpses 😊

      Today i am having a pretty crappy one and have lost my appetite again...do you think this is just a blimp??

      Thanks for any reassurance 😊 x x

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      Hi yommymomnmy

      I first started on 20mg many years ago and then reduced to 10mg which worked well so I stayed on that for years.  This is my second time on the meds (had a years break) and again I started on 20mg and when I was feeling back on top of everything I again reduced to 10mg and am now on only 5mg which is working out fine.  

      Yes I imagine you're having a blip.  Recovery often comes in patches/waves, so sometimes you'll feel well and then you'll feel low again.  This will happen for a while as the medicine settles.  The good spells will get better, longer and stronger each time and the low spells will get less.

      Your crappy day might turn into a good one, or you might feel well again tomorrow or in a few days.  It won't last long though ...... it's such a nuisance being up and down, but it will even out.

      You've been in that dose before and you know it works for you, so it'll work out OK for you again.

      K xx

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    Hi Lee

    Kate is correct that's exactly the time frame it's taken me to get better ...A full six months. I followed kates advice when i was despairing and treated each month like a week. This advice stopped me from trawling sites comparing my symptoms to others. (This activity always made me feel worse) I decided I'm just going to take whatever comes my way..eg look forward to a few good hours and not being disappointed if they didn't materialise. I would say to myself 'maybe tomorrow'. On embracing the advice it seemed to become easier. You are probably thinking that you will never get better. I did this and it's counterproductive. You will get better and you will get some good days as well as bad, or some good hours and some not so good. I asked god for death in my first few weeks of this illness so I honestly know how hard it can be Lee. I am now so very thankful that God Ignored my request... as now only in the last ten days.. i feel alive, happy, enjoying my family and truly thankful to those lovely people here who helped me through my illness. I in turn will certainly be here for you Lee and others who need support throughout their illness.

    God bless x

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      Lorraine, this site has been remarkable. Such encouragement from everyone. I have learned so much and yes, tomorrow is another day. I am so pleased to hear of your progress and mostly that you are happy and enjoying life. You are angels, and I will stop thinking I will never get well with immediate effect. It is counterproductive. Fortunatly this is the only site I visit, and yes maybe I just need to get on with living and stop coumting days. This is obviously not an instant gratification game. Stay well and be happy, you deserve it . Lee x
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      It is really hard thinking recovery could take months - months seems like a life time, when even just a minute of suffering is unendurable ..... but when you're better and you look back, it'll seem like a short time.

      ​You will get well Lee.  It's a long road, but just understanding that you ARE recovering, it will take time, count each month as one week, take life at a calm pace, and slowly, very slowly you'll begin to notice changes.

      Lorraine that's amazing - you did all the correct things.  Am so glad you've got to that stage of feeling alive and happy - it might still come and go occasionally, but it'll come and stay.  It's such a great feeling isn't it - I appreciate so much in life now.

      Keep posting Lee ..... is time next Christmas it'll be you posting and helping others xx

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      Kate just a quick question did u get days when ur brain felt tired and u felt it in ur eyes like ur kids were heavy. That's how I feel today. Thanks, Sam X
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      Yes I did and still do sometimes if I've overdone things.  I know I need to pace myself and get my sleep.  But yes, I used to get it a lot when I first started the meds - really tired head, heavy eyes and just wanted to lay down.  Sometimes my eyes felt sore too, but as soon as I get my sleep in and slow myself down it goes away.

      Occasional even if I've gone to bed too many times late or I've really overdone things, I can feel like that.

      K x

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