Back down to 20mg and feel a bit better

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I've been on cit just under 6 months only had a few good days about 8 weeks ago Doc upped my dose to 30mg and I felt more deppressed so 5 days ago doc told me to go down to 20mg then switch meds today to escitalapram but I've noticed since I gone back to 20mg I'm feeling a bit better so I'm going to stick with this 20mg for a bit longer and see how things go 😃

Any advice please


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    Hi don....

    Heres a common situation what you are dealing with on this drug it takes a while to judge how much citalopram you should be on for yourself 10 20 30 or 40mgs in some cases every1 has a different tollerance to medication.

    Stick it out with the 20mgs at the moment as ive said in other groups we allways seem to go backwards before going forward things will change and hopefully sooner rather than later.

    A tip also... do not use alcohol on this medicine not even 1 drink.

    Good luck

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    Hi Don,

    I found that whilst in the 30mg of Citalopram I was struggling with extreme fatigue to the point that I didn't want to do anything, see people, go to work even eating became a struggle but the weight gain never stopped! So yea I believe I was feeling worse. Went down to 20mg. It's been 7 days now and I can honestly say I feel better, like my mind or head isn't so cloudy anymore and willing to go out more, even went for a 30 minute walk something I wouldn't have dreamt of doing 7 days prior.

    Hopefully the lower dose works for you also and helps things get better.

    Good luck xx


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      Thanks for reply I definitely think 30mg was to much for me my head not as foggy and the thoughts have slowed down a bit fingers crossed things will get even better over the next few weeks keep it touch and let me know how you go on
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    Hi Don,

    Well, there you go! Something more positive than just a few weeks ago! Really pleased for you and hope that you continue to progress, get even more better and find your level.

    All I can say is stick with it, get on with yer life and try not to over worry about it, but at the same time as yer feeling better don't let it make you forget to keep taking them! Feeling better can hide the necessity to keep taking them, which I did recently and felt pretty stupid about after.

    Great news on a sunny Monday (however, it is a Bank Holiday!)



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    Congrats don45258 that's the spirit! I agree wth everybody else's comments.  

    I was on 40g for a while and also got foggy and even had headaches and feel much better now I've halved the dose.  It's a tricky one as different doses work for different people obviously and it's important to get it right and then stick to it.

    Alchohol definitely isn't a good idea.  Sleep is magic too as I always say.

    Are you sleeping and eating well?  Keep us posted and I'm glad that things are going well.  So far so good! We all have good days and bad days but as you know they can be extreme.

    All the best,


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    Hi all

    As you all know I felt a bit better when I went back down to 20mg from 30mg but I've gone backwards again 3 days ago could this be because I went to Wembley Saturday and drank a few to many ? It's 5 days latter sould I still be feeling like this ?


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      Morning Don,

      Tricky one this, I'm  not sure if actually going to Wembley caused the problem! I have never even had one drink there so cannot answer on that part of the question! Lol!

      Although having one too many anywhere may have the same result my friend. We never recommend alcohol to aid SSRIs however, I (like many others) have been there to be honest. It does knock you for six a bit (or should that be score an own goal as Wembley was involved!) anyway, anything in moderation, even moderation itself is a fairly good guide to have. It is always best to get to a happy level before having the odd drink (okay or two, or three), but rarely do we and it is a matter of learning as you go, testing the water so to speak.

      Don't over think, certainly take a look at your day out and see if you can learn from it. I do and have.

      One question, I dont know or forgotten the answer to is, are you taking anything to help yer SSRI levels? I take (as recommended here) Vits B6 and D3 everyday and these do help along with that a better lifestyle!

      Between you and me Don, I went out and caught up with some friends yesterday and also had one or two many than I feel I should have. This morning I feel okay, but a good meal before and after my trip out and two or three pints of water after does help. Not drinking in Wembley may have helped too I cannot say, maybe I should pop up to Lun'n and see if drinking in Wembley should be avoided?! 

      Seriously though, Ann is away for 3 days and I forgot my Cita last night until that is, your post reminded me so, some positive out of your post and at the same time, I hope my dribble helps you too!

      Best Regards,




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