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hi all , 51 male with costochondritis ..

i switched from prozac to citalopram​ 20 mg dose, i was on 40 mg on prozac and my head was alsl over the place. i started the citalopram on saturday (6 days ago) and am finding the side effects are a killer, all i had on prozac was a fuzzy head! is this citalopram​ worth carrying on with and how long does it take to work and how long do the side effects work or do they stay?

​ sorry for a long intro, what with the depression and costochondritis i tend to babble. anyway would appreciate some onfo about the effects thank you all

 

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    Hi Chris,

    If I'm right you are suffering from inflammation of the cartilege where the breastbone is. What caused or causes your depression? This and it's side effects or something else.  What side effects are you having from the Citalopram?  If you look at the leaflet that should have come with the pills or google Citalopram you will see there are any number of side effects. It may be that whatever side effects you are experiencing may ease after a week or two. With some people it will take a month. With others,such as myself,there were no side effects at all.  Dependant on what side effects you are getting I would suggest you contact your surgery again on Monday and see if you can get to see your GP, as it may be,that in your case, Citalopram just doesn't suit you. There are so many alternatives I am sure your GP can come up with something.

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    Hi Chris,

    I know what you are going through. I have been on mirtazapine for 10 weeks with no relief, infact worsening depression and anxiety. Have now been told to take citalopram 10mg alongside this. Well I started on 1/4 tablet then 1/2 and now on full 10mg and I am crawling out if my skin with anxiety so need to take diazepam which I'm sure in turn makes the depression even more horrendous!! Also no appetite and generally feeling I'm never gonna get back to me again. I'm scared as need to function to work and look after my children. Feel like stopping both the citalopram and mirtazapine and seeing what happens as I honestly don't feel I can get any lower. Take care. X

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    Hi Chris, I was on a high dose of Citalopram for sometime and after a lot of initial side effects I was doing well, but last year I developed a very low heart rate. I had a number of tests before they decided to change my medication. Surprise, surprise my heart rate returned to normal and I have been fine since. I'm on Sertraline now and so far, so good. It might be that Citalopram is not for you. I was on Prozac before Citalopram but like you, my head was all over the place. What ever you decide, please take care of yourself

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    thanks for the replies people. i guess i need to change drugs, but thats easier said than done with my gp as it takes 3 weeks to get an appointment!

     

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      Does your gp not have an emergency walk in clinic?

      That's where I went and he had the cheek to tell me it's not an emergency!! Ummmm in my mind it is. X

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