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Hi all

I was on Citalopram three years ago for about 6 months for depression. I came off it at this time because my gp discovered I had an under active thyroid. My depression hasn't lifted since I've been on the thyroxine and am now thinking of going back on citalopram.

My worries are that will I be so tired that I won't be able to look after my children? Also, I already have a diminishing libido, will citalopram take that away.

I know that Citalopram takes a while to start working and I'm prepared for that.

Do any of you actually feel happy being on the drug? I'm looking for some kind of happiness and energy through this medicine. I suffer from low mood and have been suffering for 19 years due to a traumatic childhood. I don't want my children to see me unhappy. I just want to be normal and take them out.


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    Hi Of course I don't have your medical mackground but I was put on Citalopram 6 months ago starting at 10mg and increasing to 30 over a 3 month period. On 10 I got the sence things could be better. On 20 I began to feel a lot better but still felt there was room for improvement. On 30mg life was splendid. I had lots of energy, lot of enthusiasm and a very positive outlook on life. My only side effect was a slight loss of Appetite. After 6 months I began to reduce the medication. After 6 weeks I began to feel as unwell as before. The doctor was happy to let me increase back up to 30mg as of today and I look forward with happy anticipation to rerturning to a good quality of life. I hope this helps. Richard
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    Hi Daniie,

    there is no guarantee you wont be affected by side effects, but for me I had very few. I felt tired for first week or two and lost my appetite a little - this has gone now. As for libido - i went the opposite way (which is a problem being single!).

    Ive been on for 6 weeks now taking 40mg a day, and though i cant say i feel exactly happy i can tell a huge difference. where a few weeks ago id plan to do something then decide i couldnt be bothered/didnt want to/couldnt face it, now im getting on and doing things. im less irritable, dont cry in public anymore and generally feel more alive.

    dont let the worry of possible side effects stop you at least trying these pills as they may genuinly improve your (and your familys) quality of life.

    Good luck

    Kate x

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    Hi have been on Cit for almost 4 weeks now and for the first time in many years I feel relaxed and able to laugh and joke with my family. The first couple of weeks were quite difficult to deal with - some of the side effects were quite scary! but now they've diminished I really wish I'd gone to my G.P sooner.
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    thank you so much for your replies. it's been a month now and I feel alright on citalopram. Apart from an increased appetite and no libido, I feel quite good. I've been enjoying life a little more than before and I've started container gardening. I think the sunshine has also helped.

    I think I was terrible 3 years ago on citalopram because my gp gave me anti depressants before treating my thyroid. Now that my thyroid is regulated the anti depressants are working better.

    My advice to others is that always make sure you get a thyroid function test because if you go on anti depressants first it will make you feel awful.

    Take it from me because I've suffered needlessly for around 15 years when all the gp had to do was do a thyroid function test.

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