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have just been to the doctor after long time of feeling really low decided could no longer do nothing and anything was worth a try. been prescribed 20mg citalopram a day but worried about the posts on here as yet to read an experience where this has helped and not made it worse! does anyone have any advice or positive experiences where citalopram has helped. many thanks, luv to you all x

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    Hi,i would start taking them and se what happends.I feel a bit better but ive only been on mine nearly 2 weeks.People ive spoke to have taken a few weeks to start feeling a bit better.Its worth a try though.I was suffering bad panic attacks and anxiety and its helped a bit.I have good days and bad ones,but i take it one day at a time.Good
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    I agree with Kim.

    Take the tablets. Ignore the posts here we are all just bonkers :roll:

    Only joking - they do help really.

    I think the reason you only see the negative side of the tablets here is because when we are feeling crap we can come here and post about it.

    Good days we are too busy enjoying them to come and post about them.

    Give them a go, if you don't like them you can ask to come off them.

    Good luck

    Melbi xxx

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    I've been on 20mg a day for 3 weeks now, I would say they started to kick in after about 5 days.

    I did have some mild side effects such as a bit of an upset tummy but that settled down after about a week without taking anything for that. I still have sweats now and again maybe every other day, i'm not sleeping well at night but I feel thats me rather than the tablets keeping me awake.

    I was taking them first thing in the morning for the last 2 weeks, but woke up feeling quite low then after lunch I could myself start to get brighter, so for the last week I have been taking them last thing at night, and I think I am feeling brighter in the mornings and finding it easier to get out of bed and sort the kids out. I seem to hit a low between 5 & 7pm for some reason so I just go for a walk or something to try and take my mind off things.

    I'm due to go back to the doctors tomorrow to either change them or up the dose but I think I shall say to my doctor that I feel they are kicking in now and feel they are working and am feeling a lot better than I was 3 weeks ago.

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    Hi Velectro, Kim, Melbi and Jan,

    I've been on Citalopram 20 mg, 1 month then 40 mg, for nearly 12 months. I feel like I'm starting to slide back, and am likely to be prescribed a higher dosage. My advice is to go to the library and find MIMS, the doctors' guide to medications. There are a number of these publications. Or ask your pharmacist to give you a printout from the manufacturer. Or go google \"Citalopram\" and READ about the side effects. I didn't. I scanned the common side effects and did not take note of the \"One in ten million gets these complications\". I have suffered some sexual malfunction side effects which, though my partner is loving and caring and wonderful, serve to deepen the depression if anything. Please satisfy yourself as to what the side effects can be, then try and recognise these insidious complications as they arise.

    I do not intend to try and persuade you not to take anti-depressants. But in my case I started off on Efexor and the side effects were horrible: dizziness, erratic involuntary muscle spasms, head sweats, vertigo, parasthenia, (a feeling of electric shock tingling), in my case, in my hands, super anxiety, headaches ..... . Cipramil has had less side effects for me, but the ones I have are stronger.

    So please acquaint yourself with all the known side effects, and understand that you may be THE one in ten million who might have a particular side effect. From there you might be able to recognise the thing when it reasr its ugly head.

    Good luck.

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    thanks for your replies everyone, i feel a bit more positive about it. il see how it goes. thanks again xxx

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