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Hi everyone, been on citalopram for 5 months on varying doses, have felt so much better most of the time, but seem to have a relapse when i get anxiety & intrusive thoughts, it always coincides with my period. im 47 & think im perimenopausal, but this is starting to tire me. anybody else get breakthrough symptoms around period? or is it just me

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    yes, although I am 5 months in on varying doses and I am still struggling. You should maybe consider HRT?

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    get your hormones checked by a blood test. i am in my late 20s but being on cit my periods causes complete relapse for a week or so. just coming out of a blip caused by a period now. maybe just knowing its ur period making you feel crap might make you feel better.

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      how long did you blip last lala? i was very up and down from last thursday, period came yesterday morning and Im still bad - anxious and very emotional/tearful and not sleeping well. Keep waking up and when i do its with a real start like ive been woken up and i feel really anxious - its horrible. Had a bad night last night and im a mess this morning.

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    hi chrissy yes! i have been on it 7 weeks, 5 on 20 and i have been terrible the last week and got my period yesterday. Ive been anxious and really emotional and not sleeping well again after a period of feeling a bit better. This is my second time on cit and i had it last time too but not as bad as this. i am nearly 47 and i think it must have something to do with perimenopause too. What dose are you on?

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      im on 40 mg, its been a tough year, im 47 & this is very common, increased anxiety is indeed a real symptom of perimenopause. if you have facebook i recommend a group called the menopause support network, its a closed group & is very informative & supportive, was my lifeline earlier this year, when i was really strugling, emotional symptoms are rife amongst women our age.

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      thanks Chrissy. i should never have gone off the meds in April. id had a really good 4 and a bit years and arupidly thought that naybe tgey had fixed me for good. i wish someone had just said no stay on them if youre feeling well. Its been such a hard road going back on them and i really fear that they are just not going to work the same this time round.

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      ive done the same before, im not coming off again, think they do work again, but take longer each time, its always been a long time they take with me, also started low this time, so even longer , its a pain x

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      Thanks - how long did it take your second time until you started to feel better? i am nearly 8 weeks in but 5 on 20mg. ive had some improvement but not enough. How/why/when did you decide to increase?

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      it was a very slow process, but i think, i started to feel better on/ off from the first couple of months, but only subtle improvements. just keep going, the only time i struggle now is time of month, but that is not pleasant at all.

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      did you have side effects going up? i will need to decide next week whether to go up. Most people on here say to stick with the one dose and just wait

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