18 weeks on citalopram

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Hi guys I need abit of advice what to do please? I'm on week 18 on Citalopram 20mg, I'm not sure if the tablets are doing anything for me, I feel really weird and loss of memory is an all time high...my concentration levels are really bad. I went to see a physiologist yesterday and it was somebody new who I havn't seen before, first time seeing a professional since taking this med. He was absolutely useless as its like he told me things straight out of a txt book that's how it seemed, he didn't seem to have a clue about medication but still wants me to go to 30mg. I'm terrified of making any change in medication because I know what it does to my body and I fear them. I've told myself I will try them for 6 months then taper off the drug and never have anti depressants ever again. I really feel like stopping now but terrified to come off them or change dose, I've just never been right since taking antidepressants from Jan 2017 and in that time this is my 8th med. He is also assessing me soon for ADHD. Sorry for the long story I just got carried away, any advice would be great as you people are better than doctors, at least you understand how it actually feels being on this type of med.

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    Were the 8 meds you've tried all SSRIs? I have read that some people just don't respond well to SSRIs, and have to try a different type of antidepressant.

    ?That being said, I would personally be tempted to try a dosage increase with the Citalopram (after okaying it with your doctor).  I'd give the 30 mg a go for at least 8 weeks (providing you can tolerate them that long), and see if that helps improve things. If you haven't had any improvement on the 20 mgs after 18 weeks, I have a feeling it just isn't an effective dosage (or drug) for you.

     

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      The only reason folks jump from med to med including me.is because we try to look for comfort and don't give enough time for the meds to work..is very frustrating..

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      Hi Kelly no they wasn't all ssri's...I was on mitazipine on and off 3 times, sertraline, buspiron, propananol, fluoxetine, vortioxitine and now Citalopram. They kept upping dosage, swapping meds all the time. The ironic thing about it all is I went to see the docs in Jan 2017 and I said I had low mood n wanted something to sleep, they gave me mitazipine and I didn't realise until now that how much it changed my thought pattern, they never told me about any side effects or what it's like to withdraw, I found out the hard way....im so furious with the NHS because having this type of medication changed my life for the worst, I could just never get off any antidepressant and now I'm having to rely on Citalopram to regain myself. I won't try anymore meds after Citalopram, I've now reduced my dosage to 10mg and stay on this for at the next 3 months and if no change, I will then taper off and try to stay off medication for good. I've had a bad tolerance to any of these meds. Sorry for the long essay I got carried away...haha.

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    The reason I've dropped to 10mg is that when I was 20mg I had always felt really wired and highly anxious, it got to the point where I had severe physical symptoms from morning till bedtime every single day. I took the advice of the guys who know about Citalopram, the people who replied to this post. I have to listen to people who know and have experience on Citalopram as I've only ever taken meds since Jan 2017. All I want is to feel good even for a day but don't we all...lets hope I can level out on 10mg, I won't change dosage or med for a least 3 months now so fingers crossed I can get out the tunnel.

    Thank you all😀

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    Hi Brye

    I am taking citalorapram and amitryptyline. Have been tapering off Amit for 6 months, plus dropped cita from 30mg to 20mg. Since taking these meds I have had a mass of neurological symptoms. I see a neurologist, have had mri and ct scans and lots of other tests and was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. Since tapering apart from withdrawal symptoms, my mass of symptoms ard diminishing. Its taken me months and have seen lots of doctors to finally find one that is listening to me and said I have a sensitivity to them. You mention adhd, well I have thought I have this and bi polar, and since reducing my meds, its obvious I have neither once my withdrawal symptoms pass. Even my anxiety has improved and my moods are alot more stable, I am starting to feel normal again. I would strongly advise you due to my experience to question your doctors and get second opinions with regards to adhd, and with regards to upping your dose keep a close eye on side effects. Took me 3 years before I realised the meds are making me ill and I am getting legal advice, as have no faith in doctors at all. Good luck

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