Citalopram 40mg - is it safe?

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My GP reluctantly increased my citalopram from 30mg to 40mg today but said that this dose wasn't recommended - from looking at various news articles I know that anything over 40mg isn't recommended any more due to the high dose causing possible heart problems but all the articles seem to say 40mg is ok - can anyone shed some light on this?

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    My doctor prescribed me 40mg straight from 20mg only a couple of months ago. He wasnt reluctant at all. All he really said was that i probably wouldnot notice much difference. And tbh i dont think i really have. 20mg was good for me, so is 40mg but only the tiniest bit better. I suppose it would depend on the person as well.xx
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      It's strange how GP's differ!  As I said I can only find out from the internet that anything over 40mg is not advised/prescribed anymore but nothing about 40mg being unsafe.
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      You would find some information out there somewhere about 40mg being unsafe if it was actually unsafe. Just like you have with the 60mg.. Plus, i really doubt your doctor would have even reluctantly prescribed it if he thought there would be anything to worry about.

      I would definitly not worry. You could always seek advice from another GP as well if it would make you feel better? I have also found nothing on 40mg being unsafe.xxx

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      Hi Niccik

      My gp didn't give me any instructions on increasing my dosage - should I increase gradually or just start taking the 40mg a day?

      Many thanks!

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    I was on 20 for a couple of years maybe 3 years and felt that 40 may be better . The French doctor didn't have any hesitation in doubling my dose which I have now been taking for 5 or 6 years. I have heart arrhythmia  as a side issue so I can only assume the doc here was in no way worried about added heart problems.  I agree with niccik 20 and 40 are similar but I think my temper is better on 40 and will not be looking to change.
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