Citalopram HELP

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Was wondering if anyone could help? 

I suffer with severe health anxiety that has been going on for a number of years. Anyway with frequent weekly visits to the GP and constant visits to A&E my GP thinks it’s time to go on something. Anyway I started on 20mg Citalopram yesterday and today I’ve got extreme anxiety and a burning feeling all over my chest and arms! Is this normal? Or should I stop the medication? I am not due to see my GP until Thursday 😓

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    This is all normal side effects from your med..it will remain like that for a while everyone's different or it may go away quickly..is just a side effect it can't hurt you..it feels like it though..

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      Honestly I can't cope with these symptoms I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack. I've got back pain, and a fluttering chest and this burning sensation I don't think I can carry on with these tablets 😓

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      Go down to 10mg, I would it's your body, just tell the doctor you could not cope with 20mg, you can cut it in half with knife just to see how you get on, to see if side effects are less, if you feel better just tell him what's the worse he can do, from someone who took 10mg, with no side effects,

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    I felt horrendous for the first two weeks of starting citalopram, but it’s all a normal part of the process, the effects do settle down. I started on 10mg
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    That's what keeps you in this constant cycle - the fear of fear itself, or better known as anxiety.  If you want this nightmare to stop once and for all then allowing the anxiety symptoms to be there for a while whilst the meds take effect is the way forward.  Anxiety can't hurt you even though it feels very uncomfortable and frightening - it is in effect just a release of energy.

    I suffered with anxiety for 16 years and within 6 months of taking meds I recovered.  It was worth it and ended the nightmare.

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      Thanks Kate. I will understand the fear on fear cycle, it’s just my anxiety is focused around me health, I have health anxiety so any sort of a symptom sends me into a frenzy 😓.  I hope I can pluck up the courage to start with 10mg. 

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      Hi Sam

      Yes the health anxiety becomes part of that fear cycle - you have anxiety or even a health issue to start with, the anxiety causes overthinking and worry, and the health issue causes anxiety too.  The anxiety feeds the anxiety.

      If you're concerned about the side effects of the meds ask your doctor about splitting the dose again down to 5mg.  It will reduce (or even stop) the side effects.  You can then increase to 10mg after maybe a month?  If you found the 5mg too difficult it would be easier to stop that small amount.

      Anyway have a chat with your doctor.

      K x

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    This was me six weeks ago but I was jumped up from 10mg to 20mg very rapidly after only four weeks to adjust to 10mg. I think that the others are right that it’s slowly does it, the anxiety and panic does heighten before it gets better. I had to take diazepam for two weeks and it did help get me through the tricky part.

     

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    Hi Sam 

    i know how you feel I have been on citilopram for twelve weeks and I still have some 

    anziety but I came of them at Christmas and six weeks later I had to go back on them 

    the side effects where bad but with the help of my doctor I was just about able to get through I had to get sleeping tablets as I couldn't eat or sleep I lost a lot of weight

    but you need to keep your GP as to up as to how you are coping I never had trouble 

    sleeping but I still need the tablets it is like a roller coaster ride and I am proud of myself because so many times I wanted to gave,up Sam if there is any way I can help you I am no expert but I can maybe tell you what help I got from my doc and my family

    regards ,.

     

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