Citalopram - day to day feelings during first few weeks

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I was in 20mg for 2 years then it was upped to 40mg this year. It was it that stage I decided after a month to come off it because I felt great. BIG mistake. 2 months later I myself decided to go back onto 40mg. OMG it was like my body was hit with every emotion going and my bladder was out of control which I was told it was a side effect etc. Anyway it’s was decided by my GP to reduce to 20mg. Before I knew it, I’d taken an overdose and was taken to hospital. This was down to going on the 40mg straight away whiched caused intense intrusive thoughts. I was check out by the hospital counsellors. 

I’m now back home and it’s 3 weeks since going back on Cit and each day appears to be getting better although I’m still crying in the morning which is to be expected and feel calmer in the evening. The thoughts are still there but not as intense. 

It’s good to here the advise on this forum and to know other have had the same or similar experiences 

I take each day as it comes and hopefully get back to being myself

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    just remember never ever stop citrolopram without your doctor knowledge,as the side effects are not good,having said that ,i did stop my 40 mgs and went cold turkey,however 1 difference with me was ,that i was a psychiatric nurse for many years and i knew what i was doing.
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    I can somewhat relate to your post; when I first went on Citalopram I was started on 20 mg, and then a week later bumped up to 40 mg. It was a nightmare. I still don't know what my doctor was thinking, moving me up so fast. I had never been so depressed and low in my life after being moved to 40 mg, plus at times I almost felt like I was so wired I must be taking an illegal substance. I imagine you had it even worst with jumping straight back in on the 40 mg!

    ?It sounds like you are making good progress now!

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