Changing citalopram brands

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Hi all,

I was prescribed citalopram antidepressants about a year and half ago due to depression and severe anxiety. One of my main problems was HOCD which destroyed any hope of me getting a relationship. I started with 10mg which increased to 20mg last August. Well things were improving I even got my mojo back that I had lost for about 10 years and began actively looking for a girlfriend. I began to feel more confident, but then about a month ago I got a new box of citalopram - I can't for the life of me remember the name - well for the two weeks I took that brand I seemed a little off, but nothing to panic about. However, I once more got the old brand two weeks ago - sandoz - and in these two weeks i have felt absolutely diabolical. I feel as though I'm going crazy, my anxiety is through the roof. I've been talking to a girl for a few days, but this anxiety is making me obsess once more and I'm fearful that my desire to talk to her will soon pass.

I had took the sandoz brand for about 18 months before the new box came a month ago. Can a small change as this create such a huge downward spiral that I fear I may never get out of?

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    I would voice your concerns to your GP. The withdrawal effects from all antidepressants can be truly horrendous. Prepare what you want to say to this girl. Give yourself some 'crib' notes. Small steps. Even the longest journey starts with a single step

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    Sounds like you will have to grind through till the new pills have an effect. Google 'Grounding yourself' this can sometimes help re-establish some semblance of 'normality'. Have you tried the Wellbeing Service? If you just want to 'chat' I'm here (internet) for large chunks of my pointless days. Knock yourself out. I'm a good listener 

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    Yes, endorphins are good. Serotonin is produced as a kind of 'feel good' juice. If you remember, after a good old sob, you actually feel a little better. This is the serotonin kicking in. You're 22 with a lot of life ahead of you. Go out there and grab it. By the time you get to my age the only thing I'm grabbing is handrails

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