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I have been on Citalopram for five weeks now. First week I took 10mg with no major issues then I upped it to 20mgs the second week. I was having issues with sleep before I started this med and now I hardly sleep at all. The last few days I have been experiencing constant anxiety attacks, actually called an ambulance on one occasion as I thought I was having a heart attack. This morning I woke at 5am to a severe attack, finally settled after an hour or so only to wake again with another. My doctor is out of town for the week and the nurse practitioner was supposed to get back to me but never did. She also told me to stop taking the Citalopram but I'm worried how this will affect me as I've been reading your not supposed to go off it cold turkey? My doctor has not prescribed any other meds such as a sleep aid and he doesn't like to prescribe Xanax or other antianxiety meds as he feels they are addictive and dangerous. This drug makes me feel like I'm crawling out of my skin, almost like I'm manic at times, my heart races, I have pains down my left arm and feel flushed and sweaty then I feel like I'm going to pass out. This feeling comes and goes every few minutes and can last for quite a while. It hasn't lifted my depression and I'm still agitated and tired all the time. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do? Is it that dangerous to stop this med after the amount of time I've been on it?
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