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Hello everyone, I've recently joined and wanted to share my experience of being on Citalopram, 10mg.
I started taking this medication on saturday 21st March, 2015; after a period of six months of being indernile and constantly backwards and forwards to my GP, of which were all different and seen on an emergency appointment as I always had to fit it around my work.
I had numerous blood tests, which all came back clear, but I still kept on suffering from occasional panic attacks. These first commenced in October 2014. My GP first prescribed Propranolol, 10mg and advised to 'take one', when I felt 'panicky'. This has all stemmed from my mothers sudden death back on July 2013.
I was on and off Propranolol until March 2015, until I had a major panic attack at work and collapsed. My heart rate was high, pins and needles from hyperventilating. On hignsight, I suppose this had been building up gradually as people use to comment on my facial complexion, 'oh, you look pale'. To which, I still get people commenting now. I'am 24 years of age, no other past medical history, I don't drink or smoke and consider myself to be healthy.
After this event, I returned back to my GP and came off the propranolol and on to Citalopram; to which I'm taking 10mg, once daily.
Well, as most of you will agree; the side effects are terrible from day one, feeling nauseous, light headed, increased aniexty and panic attacks. I contacted the '111' service and I later saw an urgent care centre doctor as it was the weekend, who stated it maybe a reaction to the drug but to carry on taking it as i had not long commenced the drug.
Well, here I'm today, panic attack free but occasionally suffering slight aniexty.
I have remained in work since being on 10mg of Citalopram and battles through the side effects. However, last week, I ended up passing out, again. All blood tests were conducted and my potassium levels were slightly low, but all eventually came back clear after a more indeph lab test. I have since been advised by the hospital doctor to 'consider' coming off the Citalopram and try a differing antidepressant.
This is somthing I'am due to see my GP about this week but unsure whether the dose I'am currently taking is either too low and needs increasing or, as one of the hospital doctors suggested, I need to try a different sort of SSRI?
Any suggestions and peoples stories welcomed
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