Chest tightness

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Week 6 (on sunday) on my increase from 10mg to 20mg. I'm getting chest tightness/weird pains all across my chest that come and go throughout the day. Anyone else had this? I dont know if its because i'm more anxious at the minute with this virus but it's terrifying me!

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    hi lauren

    do you have anxiety ?

    do you or have you experienced this before or is this something new ?

    if you have just started this medication then most times it can increase your anxiety to which u may have not experienced it before which may explain the tightness ect ! xx

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      hey! mainly health anxiety - i started on 10mg on the 18th december was on that dose for 10 weeks then increased to 20mg (6 weeks ago tomorrow) i remember the first 6 weeks ish on 10mg wasnt great but cant remember the side effects! I dont know if im just more anxious with all this covid19 plus im due on in 4 days? I feel terrible though x

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    Hi Lauren,

    Sorry to hear you are having these issues but rest assured you are NOT ALONE! I too am having the same side effects and have been on citalopram 20mg for about 6 weeks (up from 10mg as well). My chest tightness doesn't really go away it just either gets a bit worse or lessens. I find that when I take a deep breath in, it feels minimally tight but it didn't feel this way before.

    I have chalked it up to the increased dosage as I had a chest x-ray done and there is nothing on the disease front (pneumonia) to be found.

    Good luck and keep me posted on how you are keeping on! I wish you good health especially in these uncertain / anxious times world-wide.


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      Hi Matt! Thanks for the reply! Yes the tightness is really worrying and sometimes feel like i have something lodged in my thorat, could this be heartburn/acid? How long were you on 10mg for before you increased?

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