5 weeks on citalopram for panic disorder. Will it get better?

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Hi everyone, I have been on citalopram 20mg for 5 weeks now for anxiety / panic. I had terrible side effects to start with ( increased anxiety / insomnia / not eating etc) but thankfully it's easing off. My mood has improved no end but I am still concerned it's not going to work for my panic attacks. The random anxiety for no reason has kind of stopped but I went to a car show on Sunday and got very panicked, not quite a full on panic attack but horrible all the same. I am booked in for cbt on the 20th of this month so hopefully it helps. I was feeling better and getting out and about but this set back has got me doubting it's effectiveness. Anyone else on it for the same that has had good results and how many weeks before it really kicked it?

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    Hey John, I'm the same i have had my doage upped 4 weeks ago of citalopram 40mgs an I'm only seeing little approvments e.g. I feel the anxiety but able to control it I have had better sleep and eating has got some what better an I'm still going to work.. but I just can't shake off this depression feeling not much excitement or happiness an just feel flat and deflated in a way I have lost quite abit of hope because I haven't seen more improvement it's so annoying ain't it!! I'm trying to be patient but it's do bloody hard!!

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    5 weeks is wayyyyy too early. Be patient and give it time. It took me 16 weeks to really feel it was eorking. DO NOT increase dosage just yet. These meds eork very slow and take yime. CBT will help you. It has me anyway. Stick to the dosage and give them time.

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    Thanks for the replies. I know it's still early days but in naturally a very impatient person and I was hoping it would work sooner. I'm finding it hard to break the cycle of constantly thinking 'am I going to have a panic attack today'. I know I have come a long way since I first started taking it though. During my first week on it my dad came to see me and I had an attack from just talking to him. Now I'm able to go to the shops etc only feeling slightly nervous but when there's an abundance of people I still feel overwhelmed. My mood is also better and I actually feel happy. I have also regained in things I enjoy which I did lose all desire for so the meds are obviously doing something. I just hate having and fearing the attacks still

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    John it takes time for the medication to work, you may initially have some side affects.

    You have the starting of your CBT in nine days, keep going the drug will hopefully help you when you meet the Therapist

    BOB

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    ive been up & down the last 13 weeks, but now much more consistant, be patient it will get better, i promise, just takes a long time x

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      Thanks Chrissy I'm hoping so. I know it's doing something so that's a good sign it will work I guess. I have a pretty clear head today. The brain fog / brain not keeping up with my eyes is finally lifting it seems. I just want the panic to stop. Are you on it for panic disorder or anxiety?

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    I have been on this medication for over ten years and it has been in many ways a Godsend and has calmed me down, however I still have some problems on rare occasions . My treatment in some ways has given me confidence and an understanding of my health concern Five weeks on Citalopram is not long enough to sort out your condition, You will need to allow more time and be aware on how you are feeling

    I am beginning to , under my GPs assistance to reduce my medication(s) doses and going for a scan to make sure I am ok as I have been having side effects caused by, what seems to be my Medication Soup so I am biding my time and expectations

    Sometimes we may need to assess our own needs and consider the best way forward. Sometimes we have to accept some discomfort and move on from there, I gather that is how you may be feeling at this time, all I can suggest is be proactive and consider your needs and expectations. When push comes to shove we need to be able to consider pushing on in a more progressive direction. Understand and when you go for Therapy learn from these sessions how to push yourself onward and upward

    BOB

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