Citalopram 13 years/ sertraline 3 weeks/ have to switch back to citalopram

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Hi there,

Have been on citalopram for 13years. Felt numb so have done a straight swop with seetraline 3 weeks ago. It was ago for the first 2 weeks but last week especially last 2 days has been out of control. Called doc before who told ME to switch back onto citalopram again. Nothing tonight he said and start tom with 10mg for 5 days then 20mg. I can't begin to tell you how badly petrified I feel right now. Non stop anxiety non stop to the highest level I've ever had. Just can't calm down. Scared to feel this way for another 2 weeks!!! I'm shaking, dizzy, feel like jelly, mind racing, so scared that I just want to vomit! Please tell me what to do as right now nothing is helping I really feel like I'm going insane! Anyone had this on swapping medication? I'm scared people are gonna think I'm going mad sad( what if I end up in a mental hospital?! I feel like I'm just losing it.

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    Hi Babette

    i was on citalopram for a long time.  I switched over to sertraline.  Been on it for about a month and half.  Have not felt any relief from it nor did I have the awful side effects that I have experienced on sertraline.  I am going to give sertraline one more week if no better I think I will switch back to citalopram.

    lynda

     

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    Babette, I am feeling identical to you! I have been having meds chopped and changed for last few months. I was admitted to a psch ward but they would not force you to go and don't keep you in for anxiety I was told to leave after a couple of days so don't fear that.
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    I went to pick up my tablets and bursted into tears. They said that in the mean time I could take some diazepam to take the edge of it. They also said that citalopram should kick in faster as I've been in them for such a long time. The thought of taking a diazepam scares me but I'm equally as scared when I get those terrifiying waves of anxiety in my stomach, head.... What do you think? I can't believe I won't take anything tonight. I'll start with the citalopram straight through Tom morning. 3 weeks ago I was on 25mg and Tom I've been told to start at 10mg. I genuinely wouldn't wish my worse enemy to have an anxiety disorder!
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      Babette

      that is good news.  You will be going back on a med you know has worked for you and probably won't have troublesome side effects.  Plus you have diazepam to help as well.

      lynda

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    Hi Babette

    You sound in a right pickle!  I was on citalopran 5 yrs ago when my husband died and never having anxiety and depression before I was in a similar state to you.  It felt like eternity and no-one to help.  I feel for you.  Have you had counselling, CBT etc.  I have a friend who has been on anti deps for years and now is off them as she was having trembles.  Ther is light at the end of the tunnel.  Keep posting Babette.  Love

     

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    Thank you so much Lynda, Cleotra and Joyce for your supportive words. I'm scared to take diazepam though but I think I might take one before I go to bed. I've managed to go for a swim! And I'm really really trying to not think of it!!!
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    Hi, I was on citalopram I was on it for years, had to change to Sertraline because, other med wasn't working anymore for me. I would see a different doctor. Hope this has help
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      Stephaney

      how long have you been on sertraline?  Just asking . Trying to decide whether to switch back to citalopram.  I was on 25mg 2 weeks 50 2 weeks and the upped to 75 a week ago.  Can't say I gotten any big relief.  Anxiety has abated some and not as depressed.  I guess it is working to a certain degree but truly not myself.

      lynda

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    Hi, I have been on Sertraline for a while now.
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    When I read other people's stories I feel bad as I think I should persevere with sertraline but I've been in hell this last week and although I am strong I just can not have another week like this. I feel as low as can be, so petrified that I can't move its just horrid. It's putting so much pressure on my relationship... I feel that if I carry on feeling this bad he will leave me as he can not deal with this.
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