Citalopram for 17 weeks 10,20 then 30mg for 12 weeks

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I have been on Citalopram now for 17 weeks 10,20 then 30mg for 12 weeks. I am struggling everyday though have some good days followed by bad. My mental health has improved greatly but my physical symptoms have not. I experience twitching muscles, neck and back pain and have had trouble swallowing for many months at one point could only have soup I am eating better now but it remains uncomfortable. I was wondering if anyone else has these physical effects I wonder whether they are side effects or part of the anxiety/nervous illness. Many thanks

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    Hi June

    Three dose changes in 13 weeks seems a lot. Every time you change your dose your start up effects start all over again and anxiety heightens. It's good that your mental health has improved that shows it's working for you. Your symptoms could be anxiety or start up effects or both. These meds take time to work, many months for some people. I'd try and stabilise on your current dose, I wouldn't consider increasing any more I don't think that is the answer. Best wishes.

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    funnily enough when i was put on these drugs shortly after i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which i now know is caused by the cit, now im in withdrawal when i have a good day the pains go away x

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    Hi June i think its mostly anxiety. I have had twitching muscles which have eased up a bit with the anxiety easing and i also have the swallowing thing - mine is anxiety around getting stuff stuck in my throat. When i was on citalopram last time my aches and pains and twitching etc went away after a while as i stopped focussing on them. Hang in there! x

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