5 weeks on Citalopram for anxiety

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Hi All,

Great forum BTW and this is my 1st contribution.

Been on Cit for 5 weeks now (a week on 10mg, followed by around four weeks on 20mg). I had been suffering bad anxiety/stress issues for a while, which led me into a depressive episode.

It's been a rollercoaster so far, with spells of good and bad days. During weeks 3 and now week 5, I've had bad increased anxiety, often randomly/spontaneous but sometimes triggered by intrusive thoughts. This can be so intense that my limbs, skin almost feel like they are burning. I also has hellish insomnia in weeks 1-3, which has mercifully abated, although I did use Zopiclone intermittently to help me through this phase.

They are serious meds, these SSRIs, and I'm hoping that the light at the end of the tunnel is coming for me. Would love to exchange advice and experiences with my fellow Citalopramers!

C.

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    I'm on day 9 of the meds and hoping relief is coming. I've had anxiety before but never ever like this, it's just absolutely horrendous.

    I get the burning sensation too, literally my arms will feel like they are on fire. It's weird and very scary.

    Are you finding that thing are generally improving? Everyone here says to be patient and that it takes time, but oh boy is it hard!

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      It is indeed extremely hard! My depressive mood and energy levels have definitely improved. However, as I went on these meds for anxiety/stress issues in the first place, it is a tough wait for things to properly improve. I have had a couple of spells of a few days of feeling slightly better, which makes the dips all the more tough to experience.

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    You will get there, it is so hard though. If you read back on my posts you will see that I believed I was going no where fast. I and many others on here are living proof that it eventually works its magic. You need plenty of patience as well as support. Find something that helps you try and relax. I found HeadSpace a massive help, Audiobooks (i still use and love) meditation apps, time off work, a small bout of talk therapy & of course my bestie for a while Diazepam.

    I am 90% well, just the odd spells of anxiety. It's only butterflies I suffer on and off now....usually it's hormones & PMS that sets me off. I suffered the with the same issues as you and more. It's scary how many things anxiety can manifest itself into. 😦

    Best of luck 😃

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    hi, i know how hard it is right now and you are just waking up everyday thinking one more day closer to recovery, and believe me it will come!! it will just click one day and u will feel so much more like you. these tablets make you feel worse before they do their magic though! everyone says it on here but you just have to ride it out and i promise ya it gets better!:) be kind to yourself and take it easy! x ps- look at my posts i had every side effect going and i thought this hell would never end, but just over a year down the line i am in a much better place and you will be too! give it another 2-3 weeks and u will see the light x

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    hi CHRIS

    i take it first thing in the morning to help me sleep at night

    been on it for 8 yrs in the passed

    been off it for 2 years

    just started it again 2 weeks ago so mot quite there yet but it worked for me last time x

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    HI I am also on cit and now in my ninth week. Had terrible insomnia and nausea plus increased anxiety. Now having some good days but crashed today with bad anxiety and shaking. Only on 10 mg and reluctant to increase as cannot face side effects again. I have read some posts from a few years ago and one very helpful person said it can take months rather than weeks to feel better and even 9 weeks is early days. I am also getting the occasional brain zap which is very scary. I hope you all start to feel better soon.

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      Wishing you a speedy recovery also. It says in a lot of the literature that increased anxiety may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. A "few weeks" is certainly one of those teasingly vague terms!

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    Chris,

    Hang in there. I'm on 10 mg for 14 months. I too had every side effect and then some. It took me 8 months to be back as myself. I'm so much more focused with lots of energy.

    I kept a journal on my iPhone which helps to look back how lousy I felt and how I progressed. It's a roller coaster ride but the good times will be more often before you know it. Keep us posted of how you are doing.

    Will

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    Update; I'm now 7 weeks in on 20mg Citalopram! Not completely clear of symptoms yet, but feeling quite a lot better and less anxious recently. Crucially, I have some confidence that things are improving.

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement on here.

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      That's lovely to hear Chris! I'm 3 weeks in and after a few better days back to feeling dire. Hoping it passes

      soon and trying to just ride through it. Glad to hear you are finding relief!

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