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I've been prescribed 20mg of citalopram for anxiety & depression & my gp has referred me for CBT. I took my first pill yesterday & within 2 hours I felt dreadful. Extremely nauseous, banging headache, & my arms felt weird, hot but cold if that makes sense? I looked in the mirror & my eyes looked like I had just dropped a couple of class A pills!
I couldn't move off the sofa, I had no energy, completely lethargic. i couldn't stand other people talking to me, my head felt like it couldn't process information & my eyes couldn't focus.
At first, I didn't associate these symptoms with the drug, I really thought I must have caught a sickness virus or something until my eldest son went online. He found lots of forums of people experiencing the same symptoms in the early days of taking the drug.
I have decided I'm not going to continue taking it, most people say these side effects pass within a few weeks - BUT, NO, I cannot take weeks of this! Surely feeling this awful will only make my depression worse? I cannot afford not to be able to function on a daily basis! I'm sticking with the CBT, & looking at diet & exercise to improve my wellbeing instead. Citalopram is EVIL!!!
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