8 weeks on citalopram

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hi everyone.. I'm 8 weeks on citalopram .. done 4 wks on 10 and moved 4 weeks to 20 . I started to feel a little better but past few days I feel edge and frustrated even..just dont feel great. is this normal after 8 weeks.. guess I'm scared this will never completely go away.. need some encouragement..thanks

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    Hi Laura

    I think you were getting start up effects when you were on 10 and because you doubled your dose after 4 weeks, you are getting start up effects all over again When you start taking them, or a new dose, your anxiety heightens at first. Eight weeks , or I should say four weeks because you started the process over again, is early days yet, they can take a few months before you settle. Why did you double your dose after only four weeks, if you don't mind me asking?.

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      with doctors orders I upped the dose.. when I started the 20mg it did t affect me at all.. last week I had my divorce and all and now dosed with the cold. thinking is this a blip.. havent felt this anxiety in weeks.

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    hi laura im exactly the same as you - 9 weeks on cit second time, 7 weeks on 20. i was feeling better last week but having major blip this week - depression, anxiety, tearfulness. sleep issues. Really worried too but others on here saying just a blip.

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    Hi. this is very normal. whenever there is a change in dose you have a few days of feeling well and then the symptoms get worse again until your body gets used to it and it levels out. I didnt find going for 10 to 20 too bad but 20 to 40 was awful. it will get better but you have to hang on in there

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    Having a cold will definitely make things worse.

    Same thing would happen to me when I was on these. Whenever I’m just about to get a cold, my anxiety would get high and stay high for a few days till it passed. I don’t know if it’s something that a cold does that makes these pills a little less effective but it always happened to me as well.

    So try and not worry too much about it! If you were starting to feel better, it’ll go away once you get over this cold 😃 4 weeks is still early too.

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