Citalapram - been on it for 4 months now, physical anxiety starting to return..

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Basically I started on Citalopram 20mg 4 months ago, to try and ease physical anxiety I sometimes experienced (jittery feeling in arms, fast heart beats) - which I told my GP that I was experiencing

After taking them for 6 weeks, I started to feel improvements.

After the 6-week mark, I told my GP I was started to feel better and he was pleased but told me he'll be upping it to 30mg in case I need an increase in dosage.

From the 7th week, I took 30mg of this - as recommended - however since starting on this increased dosage to now (on fourth month now taking Citalopram) I've felt as if the physical anxiety symptoms I mentioned above are are returning.

Feel frustrated as initially thought they were working well, however am concerned that after four months (!) of time and with the increased dose- the problem has felt to have returned unfortunately..

Can anyone be able to provide any assistance on this situation please?



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    if you started to feel better at six weeks with 20 doctor should of kept you at 20.go figure.more than likely is a blip or too high of a dose i know with me i felt all that you are feeling on 20 and drop to 10 which made me feel like myself again thank goodness.

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    like lois said will, its better to cut down if your not sure, its a drug that you can get by on , taking a very small dose. It's a lot stronger drug than a lot of people think. myself personally theres no way i could take 30mg.

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    Have to agree with the others, possibly too high of a dose. If you was feeling better on 20mg I would definitely stick with that at least for 4-6 months, it may be the dose you should stay at.

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    Agree with Lois. If you were beginning to feel better why on earth did your Doctor increase … ‘in case you needed an increase in dosage’? Seems a strange statement - and why take more than you need?

    You’ll get blips throughout recovery despite whatever dose you’re on. After starting to feel better, always expect ‘that isn’t the end goal’ as blips will happen.

    Agree also that 30mg might be too much for your body and that a slight reduction might be the answer. However, don’t suddenly drop but do it in stages ie 5mg less for a couple of weeks and then the other 5mg.

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      5mg drops are too high for many people, some on surviving antidepressants have gone through years of hell dropping that fast, i know you have done it twice but you may not be sensitive to dose changes like others! ive had voices in my head telling me to kill myself for the first few months of this drop! and never had anxiety before reducing.

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    the dose is probably too high, i tried 20mg and it was too much, but please be careful when reducing your dose as a lot on here say to reduce by 5mg its too much the brain begins changing so fast to a new dose, i reduced by 5mg and im still trying to get stable, not trying to scare you just trying to make sure you dont end up where i am! its hell! surviving antidepressants is a great site to look at, some people can reduce quickly others cant the problem is you dont know which one youre until its too late.

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