Citalapram 4 weeks

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Hi been on citalapram again for 4 weeks 1 week at 10 3 weeks at 20 I'm still very bad with especially morning anxiety so doc put me up to 40 today anyone else still not felt any different at 4 week stage I can't remember last time how long it took to work although I was on 40 for 2 years so it must work eventually although think my anxiety worse this time.

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    Hi Sarah

    Unfortunately it does take time especially when your dose changes as your brain needs to adapt and recognise the new level of serotonin to start doing its magic. This is the bit that seems to take the time eg building up the regular / constant level.

    20 helped me but not significantly. I have now been on 40mg for 3 weeks and notice that I am starting to feel better and more sociable.

    Has you doc given you diazepam or something to help your anxiety over this increase period? Helped me a lot over the first few days.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery

    Lorraine xx

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      Yes they'd changed me to propananol and he upped and then changed his mind and gave me some more diazepam but they don't really work on me but I'll take them I've had several in last few weeks as I had a failed two weeks on sertraline
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    Hi l am on 40 mg, worked after 3 weeks for me, l feel so good will keep taking it as long as l can, cheers, why had u stopped taking it, l take mine just before bed.
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      Over last two years I had reduced citalapram to 10mg every other day and I saw a young doctor who said sertraline was a lot better drug so I believed her but after two weeks I was awful so went to see a doctor who I've seen a lot and he put me straight back on to citalapram but just before the sertraline I'd gone cold turkey on gabapentin due to five days of being sick which raised my anxiety levels.I was on 40 mg citalapram from 2011-2013 and it worked well but can't remember how long it took but obviously 20mg isn't strong enough and I'm just hoping 40 does work I've already had 10 weeks off work although I think I'm worried about going back to work after all this time
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      Hi Sarah

      40 has helped me but I'm still not quite there yet. I've been on this dose for just over two weeks. I have not worked since May of this year. Although I can see improvement I know I'm still not ready to return to work. Try to be kind to yourself and only return when you are absolutely ready. You will know when you're mentally and physically better. Is your job at risk if you do not return by a certain time? I know some employers are not sympathetic as they do not fully understand depression. I hope your employer is understanding as you don't need the additional stress.

      Wishing you a speedy recovery xx

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      Not really their not I work for a small company only 4 of us so think they begrudge having to pay me £88 a week statuary sick pay as all the time I've worked I'm 45 I've had 3 days off ill but one of the bosses is what triggered my anxiety we think as he's always telling me to talk the queens proper English and as I come from the country that's not how I speak so think I need to go back and face the anxiety head on to overcome it although it's going to be hard and I'm also getting worse actually staying at home because I'm bored and then I've got more time to dwell on my anxiety
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      Hi Sarah

      You are so right! I like the idea of facing anxiety head on... think that will become my motto too! It's true the longer we are at home the longer our minds have to think negatively. How are you in the mornings? Takes me ages to get up and get my thoughts together! I'm ten years ahead of you so I put mine down to old age lol!!

      Wishing you a better tomorrow xxxx

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      I wake up agitated anxious and sweating like mad about 5 then I have to get up and sometimes I'm calmer by 1 or 2 but by 6pm I'm usually quite calm and normal can go to sleep with help of amitrypyline and then it all starts again when I wake up but I've not eaten properly for 9 weeks lost 1 1/2 stone so I've got no energy or interest in doing anything just wish it would go away so I can get back to being myself every night I pray it's gone when I wake up hopefully soon it will be hope you have a better day tomorrow we will get there it's just a long road
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      Hi Sarah

      You sound just like me! I lost 35lbs in a short space of time. Still having problems with appetite. Seem to get a few good days followed by a few not so good. I understand that's the way it goes when recovering. We will get there...before long we will be springing out of bed to greet the world we've almost forgotten lol.

      Would love to have updates from you

      Blessings and hug to you

      Lorraine x

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      Same to you Lorraine I'll try and keep you up to date and please can you do the same it's nice to talk to someone in same position as me x
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      hi sarah av been of work 16 weeks now,went bk monday to work and i feel like i have gone bk to square one,please dont go bk till your 100percent shore,my manager has been very good with me she told me i can go in wen i want for a couple of weeks,but anxiety kicks in wen i think about going bk,am on 40mg

      dee,xxx

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    Hi it took me about 6 weeks to see a difference it was really tough up to them kicking in but soon as they started to take full affect it really helped me cope with simple day to day stuff.

    I've been on them now for 3 years and been going to councilling as well which has helped me so much it's a good way of facing the issues in a controlled environment the meds keep you level the councilling gets to the root cause

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      Hi john I've been on them b4 they worked but was health anxiety and I wasn't this bad I've been on 40 since Monday but today I've had 2 panic attacks never had ones like these.My boss isn't very accommodating he's only letting me do a week at part time then to full and his dad the big boss picks on me so think it's anxiety about work now but I have to go back and face it sometime or hand my notice in which I don't want to do or can afford to do and when I broke up for summer hols everything was fine don't know what's happened just wish the citalapram would kick in so I can be a bit calmer.I wake up at 4 every morning sweating and agitated wish that would go away too
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      Oh and i will be having cbt soon just got to wait a few weeks but I had it 5 years ago didn't really help although I know in theory how it's supposed to work couldn't put it in practice
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      I take mine just before I go to bed gives them chance to work I suffer quite bad with nightmares etc and this med seems to help a little you may be on the wrong meds might be worth talking to a doctor/specialist to see which are right for you citalopram may not be what you need.

      Work really need to be more supportive and there are legal paths you can go down citizens advice can be a wealth of help. It hard enough getting through a day without having work making you worse and bullying is a serious thing being the boss or not it shouldn't happen

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      My bosses aren't bothered there's only 5 of us altogether all they want is work out i know I can complain and if I have to leave I will but he's always done it but last time think my anxiety was just starting up and he made me cry so think that's what's bothering me going back after 10 weeks and him upsetting me again.I will have to wait and see what doc puts on fit note what he thinks I should go back on and see if my boss agrees
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