Citalopram for health anxiety?

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I've been suffering with health anxiety since January. It's really effecting my life, to the point where I have well and truly had enough. I have so many physical symptoms (chest pain, tiredness, muscle aches, dizziness etc). A few months ago my doctor perscribed me fluoxetine - I took it for around 12 weeks but the side effects were horrendous, so I decided to come off it. Since then I promised myself that I would never try pills again. BUT... Iv got to the point where I feel that is my only option and my doctor recommended trying citalopram. Has any one else tried this for health anxiety? Did it work? What side effects? Any information would be good as I am so scared to try them after my experience with fluoxetine. 

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    Hi Charlotte sorry to hear you are rough me to,I tried citalopram last year only took 3 pills oh my god Never again yet my sister in law has been on them for years with great success for her see the thing is I think us health anxiety sufferers feel these side affects 100 times worse than say depression suffers it's not we are imagining them they are real.ive tried them all and it was after my experience with these my doc said no more pills,I've got really bad hayfever at the moment had it all summer never had it before I can't even take a antihistime because they make me feel worse it's silly,everyone is different but I know how you feel I've had constant physical symptoms for nearly 2 years now I don't believe it's only anxiety and I'm sick of it.take care xxxx 
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    Dear Charlotte, I should probably tell you to listen to your GP and give Citalopram a try. But I can't. I can't because Citalopram nearly killed me due to it causing the rare sideeffect: bleeding. For six years I was on Citalopram and for six years I got weaker and weaker, until when they increased the dosage of the drug and I could have ended up bleeding to death. My sideeffect was VERY rare but as my GP said, "Citalopram has very many serious sideeffects". He found it to be unnessesary to test a drug on me which had such risks, so he put me on another med. Just to be on the safer side. 

    Citalopram is one of the most prescribed antidepressant meds in the world and it actually works wonders for some. After you've read what I've been through with these pills, you can probably understand my horror when I found out that my nan took Citalopram. She hasn't experienced any sideeffects from them and she has taken them for a long time. For her Citalopram helps her a great deal and is a lifesaver. But with me, it nearly killed me.

    In most cases Citalopram seems to have a very positive effect, and in other's it doesn't. I'm not sure why the medical industry finds this gamble to be OK. It's not okay by me. 

    Using my nan as an example I want you to see that even someone who is related to you (even if they're your sister or brother) they may have a completely different reaction to the drug. You may actually be one of them who will feel a lot better thanks to Citalopram, but I could never advice someone to such a gamble. I want to give you a safer advice. Therefore, I can never recommend anyone to take Citalopram, regardless of it's many positive results to some. It simply has too many dangerous sideeffects for me to view it as a safe drug.

    There are other antidepressants that doesn't have as many, or even remotely as bad, sideeffects as Citalopram. My GP prescribed me Voxra because he found it to be safer, but there are also other pills which won't cause the serious sideeffects Citalopram may give. Ask for another drug from your GP if you're worried about the sideeffects caused by antidepressants, because sadly Citalopram can turn rather ugly. There are safer drugs. 

    Sending you all my love and I hope my experiences has been of help to you. All the best! 

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    Hi Charlotte

    Because alot of postings on here can be negative, I thought I would post a positive.

    I have had sever anxiety before, about 6 years ago. I couldn't eat properly, sleep, all sorts. It wasn't health, but anxiety is anxiety nonetheless. I was prescirbed citalopram and it changed my life. It makes all those worries go away. I did CBT alongside to help me longterm, but the medication helped along the way. 

    I came off the tablets in May this year and was fine at first but have deterorated since then and am back on citalopram. The side effects have been truly horrendous, it's 2 weeks today since I've been on them and I had worse anxiety, and couldn't sleep at all. My GP then prescribed amitriptalyne to take at night to help with sleep and it has balanced me out. I know, that although it's a rough ride, the way I will feel at the end is so worth it.

    That is just my experience. I think I will also do some more CBT though as I feel I didn't fully commit last time.

    Good luck x

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