Been on citalopram again for nearly 3 weeks, no better probably worse

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Feeling very depressed today. nearly 3 weeks on citalopram second time. 2 days on 5mg, a week on 10 and just over a week on 15. last 2 days on 20. im not feeling any better at all, in fact i think i feel worse. much more depressed than before i started the meds and more anxious. i know they usually kick in after 2 weeks so i am really scared that theyre not going to work this time as not seeing any benefits at all.

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    im wondering if i should come off them. at least i wouldnt have the side effects - i was mostly sleeping ok before and didnt have all the panic attacks. problem is that the meds have ramped up the anxiety and depression so much now that i fear it would be very difficult to manage them without medication! such a shame as they worked so well for me the first time for 4 years

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    you have had too fast an increase in dose to get you up to 20mg. perhaps you should have taken it the increases much more slowly. personally, I would knock back to 10mg till things level out a bit. hope you feel better soon.

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    thanks but the psychiatrist was adamant that 20 was the minimum therapeutic dose and that was what i got better on last time so needed to get up to that. they usually say a dose increase each week

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    now im really unsure what to do? should i reduce the dose or stick it out now im there? what do others think?

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      I am in the same position as you. Too many dose changes. Now Ive been reduced to 30mg from 40mg. I am going to give it at least 3 weeks to settle. Ive seen a small improvement since reducing and am into week 2 of reduction. This is my 3rd time on citralopram. Hang in there for another few weeks.

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      Hi Tasmin, The first time was a few weeks on 10mg. The second time was closer to 3 mths on 10mg then upped to 20mg. I am raging at myself this time around as I have had far too many dose increases too quickly so had no settled period. Before I knew it I was on 40mg and very quickly went downhill with side effects. I am now day 11 into reduced dose of 30mg. Am so much better this week....I am hoping for that to continue x stay in touch and let me know how you go. Stay patient and look at healing meditations. ..the mind is capable of healing itself.

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      I just go to you tube and search for healing meditation and you will get lots of options. It needs to be a daily practice though. some of them are really good for helping with sleep aswell.

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    As gerry has said too fast an increase too soon, however it is what it is now and you will have to be patient, the last 2 times I have been on citlopram it took 8 weeks for me to be some what near normal on a constant 20mgs, if you felt ok after 2 weeks last time you were one of the very lucky ones however you haven't been on 20 for 2 weeks yet so you may get lucky again, patience is required, which I know is in short supply when all we want to do is get on with our lives and feel better. Would not come off of them just yet though

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    thanks everyone. so you think i should stick it out on 20 now and hope that things start to level out and not be discouraged that i havent had any improvement after nearly 3 weeks? i lnow its different for everyone but im guessinng i should be seeing some improvement after say 4 weeks on 20?

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