Citalopram 20mg - take morning or night?

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Hi all - I'm day 4 into starting Citalopram again and I'm taking it at around 9am. It's making me very drowsy from about 2 hours afterwards for the rest of the day. Has anyone switched to taking it at night? If so after how long into the course? I really don't want sleep disturbances at the moment hence the morning dosage. Many Thanks.

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    I've always taken it at night!

    Perhaps you should ask your doctor, to be sure, though.

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      Tess, my Dr just switched me from Ativan to Clonaxepam. I took my first one this morning and it really made me tired and I feel no anxiety at all, which is the first time in months.

      Do you know anything about Clonaxepam?

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      I'm not surprised. Clonazepam is pretty much the strongest benzo. Depends on the dose, of course. It's difficult to get off all benzos, but get yourself well first, Diane.

      Unfortunately I know far too much about benzos - having been addicted to them all for forty years - but the good news is that I'm finally tapering off and doing really well. It would help if you told me what dose of lorazepam you were on and what dose of clonazepam you've just started??                                                      love from Tess xx

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      5mg clonazepam would put a horse to sleep!

      No wonder you feel so......floaty!

      How about taking it in two doses a day?

      Be a bit careful with clonazepam, Diane. If you take it with some other meds you can get hallucinations. I did once. I saw little men dancing on the floor. I really enjoyed it but I doubt if it's good for you.

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      Thanks. I think they gave it to me because I was in a constant state of anxiety. My BP went crazy in the psychiatrist's office. With heat flashes through my body.

      I am on other meds due to a heart procedure I had in feb. Basically I am suffering from a type of PTSD and until my Stent gets settled in after a year they are protecting my heart I think.

      My bp kept shooting up to 171/108 in seconds.

      Yesterday after one dose I had an almost totally normal day. I will be careful and take care with use.

      Thank you Tess xx

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    Ooh interesting, I too have been taking this and wondered if evening would be better?

    any extra advice would be appreciated.

     

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      I asked my doctor today, after writing the earlier post. He said to take it at night if it made me sleepy during the day. I reminded him that he suggested that himself when he started me on it -lol - so he said it didn't really matter. Which moves us all on slightly, I suppose........

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    There has to be a starting point. Tell your doc is your still having anxiety problems, or feeling so tired. I would give it at least 2-3  weeks. Glad to here your moving forward. You will get to feeling bett soon. Keep in contact with your doc. If you don't tell them, they don't know. Good job! I take all my meds at night.

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    Hi David,

    Did you start at 20mg or a lower dose and build it up.

    It takes awhile for things to settle down.

    I'd ask your doctor,

    take care

    Sxx

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