Celexa day 3

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Suffered increasing anxiety for the past few years, tried to go on Prozac again but made it horribly worse so Dr put on 10mg celexa. On day 1 it was good, day 2 was space feeling and shaky feeling on inside. Day 3 I've had increased anxiety all day and feel really shaky. Please tell me this gets better. Also pms going on so maybe that's not helping. Heart palps have increased some as well--had were part of reason to start an SSRI in the first place. Had less sleep the last few nights too. Might take clonazepam to help relax some tonight. I just really hopes this drug works. Tired of feeling like I can't do anything due to anxiety. I've always been so outgoing, now don't want to do anything for fear of anxiety attack.

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    I'm on day 17 of cit and honestly it does die down. However, it is an endurance race and the first two weeks symptoms ramped up significantly, you gotta ride it out

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      thanks.  I'm trying to stay positive.  I've never been real good at being patient.  I don't want to give up on it yet either. 

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    It does get better. I totally understand the shaky on the inside feeling. I started on 20mg and felt that...my doctor decreased the dosage. I’m not sure if that will help you..:but it helped me and it went away. Hang in there...it will get better. 
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      Thanks. It's just helpful to know there's other people that have gone through this too. Sometimes it seems like a lonely road. Dr said I could start off for a few days on 1/2 tablet to build up so will probably try that.

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    This was me nine weeks ago. Just hang in there it will get easier. For me my anxiety went through the roof in the beginning it was horrendous. I had to take a weeks worth of diazepam to help with the the first week which did help calm me down and to sleep because I wasn’t get much sleep with it either. Also beta blockers from the doctor have helped with the palpitations. You will get there but it is difficult in those first few weeks.
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      Thank you. I keep telling myself it will get better. With a busy summer I'm hoping it will be sooner than later. I'm sensitive to meds anyway, but it helps to hear your it the only one.

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    It does get better, so hang in there and keep going. The first few weeks are really difficult and I had awful physical symptoms, but they calmed down at the end of the first 2 weeks. I’m by no means ‘cured’ of anxiety but I’ve made lots of progress. It’s a slow process, but you will get there. I was very impatient and just wanted to get better ASAP and couldn’t understand why everything was taking so long, but I’ve understood and accepted that I just have to go with the recovery. We’re all here for you, so keep talking when you feel the need 
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      Thank you star1711. Today has been a little better except for a few more heart palps. I was checked out last fall and had echo done and everything was fine they are just scary. I know I have to do this and get better not only for myself but for my family. The alternative of quitting med and back to never feeling good isn't a good option either.

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      You’re welcome 😊 glad today has been a bit better. I still have heart palpitations sometimes, they’re not as bad as they once were, but when they come I just try not to fret too much. 

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    hi there it dose get better , just wat u need it time , plus dont just wait for the pill to work tri and go for littel walks fresh air will help i know is hard in the beginning , plus cammile tea helps , and make sure aske ur dr to give u some diazopam for first week or so , take care 
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    Any suggestions on reducing heart palps? Had them checked out told benign pvcs. Used to take magnesium to help not sure if in can while on celexa. Feels like heart only beats like every 2rd or 3rd beat. Very annoying and scary. Especially when trying to get used to starting on celexa.

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      I sympathise with you, for the first two weeks taking citalopram my heart would be thumping so hard and fast in the mornings I would have to go outside in for a good 10 minutes for air to calm down. It was still so cold back in March but it didn’t bother me, I found great relief from just being outside. So being outside, and going for a walk, even if you can only manage 10/15 at the moment will help. Also breathing exercises, my therapist told me to breathe in through my nose and count 1,2,3 in my head, and then exhale slowly through my mouth counting backwards 4,3,2,1. Also warm baths have helped me when I’ve had heart palpitations. 
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      I had a lot of heart palps and skipped beats when my anxiety came back two months ago.

      ?I went in to the doctor, and after they did an EKG (at first they thought my heart might be in A-fib; it wasn't), I was prescribed a low dose of a beta blocker. I took it twice a day. It did really help with the palps and skipped beats; however, it seemed to make my insomnia worse (insomnia can be a side effect of beta blockers). I have a hard enough time sleeping the way it is when my anxiety is ramped up, so I went back to the doctor, and they had me start weaning off them. This may or may not be an option for you; not everyone gets the insomnia side effect with it.

      ?Or, a benzo would be another option; you could see if your doctor will prescribe a few weeks worth while you are starting up on the Citalopram.

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    Thanks.  Last night was horrible.  I had a great night and went to daughters basketball game, but came home and the heart palps started at 9 then went to bed at 11, woke up at 2 and had panic attacks and heart palps till 4:30.  Woke up this morning and extremely shaky feeling.  I hate this feeling.  Doesn't help I read that this drug can cause heart problems so I was freaking out when the palps wouldn't stop that I was gonna die. 

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      Oh no! Sorry to hear that. Has your doctor given you any Diazepam to take for nights like that? Just to calm you down so you can get some sleep. I’ve taken it on a few occasions where my body was too stressed and my mind kept overthinking 
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      No but I will have a call into them today to see if I can get something for that. Here's to another day closer to getting over these effects I guess.

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      You’re doing great, keep going, you will get over the effects. 

      Yes, do call your doctor, mine gave me 5 Diazepam tablets with the citalopram when I first started in case my sleep was bad etc

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