Citalopram anxiety and panic for the second time!....need to talk

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Hi all,

Just started citalopram again after being off them for 1 1/2 years! Anxiety and panic attack a came back stronger than they ever have with even slight depression. I was put on citalopram the first time after my cesarean having had pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in lungs) as a complication of having got DVT. now 3 years later, health is good but the anxiety of always thinking something is wrong wth me health wise, like I'm having a heart attack, or will develop clots again. I'm on day 5 of citalopram and am feeling dizzy, have diarreah, and just so so so tired. I just want to feel like myself again! Anyone ever gone through something similar?

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    I had all your symptoms too, they will subside, give the pill 6 to 8 weeks I was told. Good luck and there's more people on here to talk to you to help you feel less anxious, you've come to a good website. Any problems, call your doctor, they may want to increase the pill for you. I did a lot of walking, it helped me through my anxiety . Good luck! Friend, Cindy
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      Oh and the health fears, I had those too, every little thing made me worry, so that's normal too. Cindy
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    Yep I experienced pretty much most if not all side effects however they subside after weeks/months. For me I was just glad to retruning to happyland and no fatique as with depresion and anxiety I had major fatique symptoms and a feeling of hopelessness where now I feel normal but have the slight side effects which dont take up too much energy so I would trade that anytime!! Keep staying positive and just look forward to the breakthru in medication thats coming your way !!
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    Thanks everyone! It helps knowing I am not alone! Just trying to cope with the feeling of being compressed in the chest all the time and the slight "ball" feeling in my throat!!! I know the pills will kick in soon.....just very tired of being tired!
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      My throat got better after a few weeks, but I still have the chest pressure and palpitations usually in the late afternoon. I read that magnesium deficiency can also cause some anxiety, so I started on magnesium today. I have been on SSRI's for 6 mo. now and am ready to get all the way back to normal. I am improving every week, though.
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      Awesaome work Karen I heard the longer on Citalopram or anti-depressants the better for preventing a relapse so great news !!
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    Yes I've through similar - restarting them, that is.

    I was in them for 15 years with great success and came off them 2 years ago and had a great year.  I felt the need to restart them a year ago due to the stress of family illness.  The side effects hit me harder second time round (can't say I noticed them much first time).  For a few days my anxiety was quite high, and woke one night and had to get up and paced around the room with my heart pounding.  Was very weird.

    I also felt flat, nauseous, heady and just felt very unsettled.  Took a few weeks for most things to settle but the uneasiness continued for a couple of months.

    I've been well again a good 6 months again now, so yes, it takes time for everything to settle.

    Your anxiety may not feel worse than before, rather than as you haven't felt it for a while it just feels worse.  That's what happened to me.  It was a shock to the system again.

    Your side effects will pass in time and you'll start feeling calmer and happier again.  Keep persevering - you'll get there.

    K x

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    I am sorry to here your pain m54807, unfortunately with citalprom your anxiety gets worse as the medication will still be kicking in, it takes a few weeks for it to start working in the mean time try to check on the internet for some things u can do physically your self to reduce your anxiety, mind me asking do u drink alcohol, u have come to the right site keep on posting everyone is here to help.
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      Hi Richardt,

      Things seem already getting better on day 6 comparing to last week! No I do not drink alcohol! Thanks for your help!

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      Good to here things are getting better, keep us informed about your experience, cheers
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