Citalopram and headaches

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Hi, I've been taking Citalopram for 2 weeks now, first 10 days 10mg and then upped to 20mg, but seem to get tension headaches at the side of my head and still feel a bit zombish and low mood, is it still early days yet ???X

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    Hi Krista, some people feel benefit from the first few days but for others it takes 2-6 weeks to feel maximum help. The first 2 weeks are definitely the worst so ell done you have passed this. Try take one day at a time. I am sure it will help you and you will begin to feel better soon. Love and blessings gilip
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    Hi. Yes this is normal and still early days. I found when I increased I would feel rubbish for a couple of days. The first 2 to 3 weeks are the worst. Stick with the 20mg. I'm now on 40mg and doing so much better. It takes time. Just tell yourself it's the meds making you feel this way and not you. You will improve x

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      Hi Joanne can I ask what you mean by feeling rubbish please? Like Krista I am in first few weeks feeling awful on tablets; very tired, foggy brain, forgetful! Is this normal?  When things have improved are you able to think and feel as normal?
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      Thanks for your replies, yes Diane a foggy brain, that's a good way of putting it, for someone who has never suffered with anxiety or depression this is all new to me, its like am detached from real life and just going through the motions of everyday life, fumbling to get through each day. Am 2 weeks in so hoping to see a improvement soon, also am probley only eating one meal a day, cant face food, is this also normal ???X

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      Nausea/poor appetite are usually the first side effects to go for me, the foggy brain will clear gradually. I'm a month in and I'm getting short periods of being with it if you get me, as you adapt to the meds these periods of normality get longer. It's a slow process but worth it.

       

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    Very early days it will be many months before your body settles down and it will be a slow process to reduce then perhaps stop taking this drug. Time is a great healer. 
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    Your still very early it will take 12weeks or longer for these side effects to subside..and celexa might settle for you..at 12weeks or longer..
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