cilift 10 to 20mg insomnia

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Hi all. I need to know does the insomnia side effect go away and how long does it take. I am on day 6 of taking 10mg. Dr prescribed me sleeping pill to assist with sleeping in the beggining. Anyone else had this problem and please tell me it goes away. Other than the insomnia I am doing ok on the tabs. I take it early in the morning.

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    People can differ in their effects from citalopram - some feel a bit more sleepy, others feel more alert. These effects will soon disappear as the body becomes used to the effects. Taking it in the morning is a good idea if you're having insomnia.

    Tarun (hospital pharmacist)

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    Thanks for your reply. It really helps to know that the insomnia will pass as I did not have this problem before taking the meds. I am just wondering I need to up my dose in a few days to 20mg will it make the side effects worse. So far I've had insomnia, no appetite and nausea. The appetite and nausea is much better already.
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    It normally takes a couple of weeks to see a noticeable effect with medicines like citalopram and it seems like a dose increase may be quite quick. I think if you are starting to feel like the citalopram is working for you then you should discuss with your GP whether an increase is really needed so soon, or if you can see how you get on for another week or so. The insomnia condition leaflet on this website provides some really good tips on sleep hygiene, which are still relevant for insomnia secondary to medication. The sleeping tablets should be a short term measure and these tips can help ensure that in the long term your sleep quality is better.
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