Citalopram less than 1 in 100 experience cheerfulness

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Just read the package leaflet & notice that an uncommon (less than 1 in 100) side effect is a state of optimism, cheerfulness & well being. Erm.... isnt that the aim of the medication?

Or maybe i am searching for a euphoric state which just isnt going to happen with this medication?

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    Im just lookin gfor this sarahfacinguptothings....owe i cant find it...but found this...\"It is sensibleto yaking alcohol after treatment\" :roll: :lol: whoops-\"It is sensible to AVOID taking alcohol whilst receiving treatment\" Whoops must be hallucinating again :idea:
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    I think what it might mean is a kind of over-confidence which can lead someone to do things they wouldn't normally contemplate. The sort of thing that too much alcohol induces. It's something I haven't experienced on citalopram but I definitely did with seroxat. There were a few times I thought I could fly. This is different to the effect the drug is meant to produce and so I suppose it counts as a side-effect.
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    I've been taking Citalopram since 17/03/2010. Started out on 10 mg for the first seven days and then increased to 20 mg thereafter. After about four weeks (and little by way of side effects - just queasiness if taken on an empty stomach) I started to feel \"normal\" for the first time in months. By normal, I mean I felt like me only a better balanced me.

    Unfortunately, I have had my dosage increased to 30 mg today. Have felt the depression building all week - no obvious trigger - and then this morning, could not stop sobbing for two solid hours. Managed to get an appointment with the doc - hence the increased dosage.

    Prior to Citalopram, I took Mirtazapine for three months. It did not agree with me. I slept for England and struggled to get out of bed in a morning. I also felt very detached from reality and could not concentrate or make a judgement about anything which is no good at work!!

    I'm glad that I have found something that suits me, but will have to wait and see how 30 mg affects me for better or worse.

    Although I don't have many posts under my belt on this forum, I have been a regular reader and have felt enormously reassured by other people's experiences of depression.

    I would also highly recommend counselling too.

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    Hey, good to head your experiences.

    I am nearly 5 weeks in now and feel no different? Its a shame as I just thought I was short or seritonin, but maybe its something else.

    Thinking of going back to docs in about a week or 2 as then surely they would have had time to kick in?

    I did have side effects of no concentration for about 4 weeks but that seems to have passed now which is good. also started taking them in evening as they were making me to very sleepy.

    I have come out in a load of acne, i have acne anyway but its really come out with avengance, & have had a cold/chesty cough this last week, and i NEVER usually get ill! so i wonder if its the pills weakening the immune system?

    But in terms of benefits i have felt nothing at all. Its such a shame. Part of me wants a euphoric feeling just to feel better for abit even if its artficial. Just want some optimism/enthusiasm! can a pill do this? or just flatten your mood so u dont cry as much but still feel parp.?

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