Citalopram and lightheadedness

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Hello. Just want to see if anyone else has experienced this on Citalopram.

I took Citalopram 10mg for 13 years and went through a point with severe anxiety so my dr switched me to 25 mg of Sertraline. I did very well on it for 4 years until recently. I have severe anxiety and depression because of the anxiety.

So today is my 10th day on 10 mg of Citalopram and I am super lightheaded throughout the day. It scares me because I feel like I am going to pass out bit I don't. I called my dr and pharmacists and they say it's a very common side effect of Citalopram. Also, my therapist says it comes with high anxiety too. The side effects I have are heightend anxiety and lightheadedness. I do have a claw cane to use for stability.

And yes my blood pressure is always good when I go to the dr.

If anyone else struggles with this please respond. I need reassuring that it's just a side effect and when will it go away?

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    Same here! I have been on citalopram for 4 weeks now. 2 weeks on 10mg and now 2 weeks on 20mg. And the lightheaded and dizziness freaks me out!! I feel like my eyes are tired also! It helps knowing I’m not alone either! 

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    Hi Stacie,

    I'm thinking you could be having both withdrawal effects from setraline and start up effects from citalopram.

    Citalopram takes several weeks to start taking effect and lightheadedness is a common side effect.

    Sometimes going on it for the second time is not as smooth as the first time.

    I was on it for many years and came off. When I reinstated I had lightheadedness that I couldn't remember having the first time round. Now I'm weaning off it, it's been about 7 weeks or so, and am getting horrible lightheadedness just about every day.

    Just like you I'm hoping that feeling will pass once my system has adjusted to the new dose. It's different for everybody but a lot of people here say it will pass, you have to give it time.

    I hope you find relief soon.

    Best wishes

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