Citalopram Newbie

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hi Guys 

after 2 years of feeling down and hating my body and not wanting to go out. fearing the worst and anxiety that was really bad etc. my doc has put me on 10mg citalopram. im on day 6 today and feeling anxious today but was ok over the weekend. happy infact and relaxed. i know it take like 8 weeks to really kick in. but wandering if anyone is been helped by this as all i read is horror strorys and it cant all be bad surley. i think mine was bought on by work and bad stomach issues for 2 years. but that is finally been dealt with. so who is on it and its it all bad???

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    Hi again,

    Not usually here at this time, but I stayed in bed a little longer because I needed to so, I am a little behind in my day.

    There are no horror stories here, just cries for help and testimonies from people who are on Cita or over the hump of feeling yuk! As I said do not try and over think this, by all means read the posts, we have to so we can learn, but realise to be grateful that some of the added extras will not all come your way. Until they do then post and we go from there however, that is not to say yyou'll get anymore (or less).

    You were good over the weekend so, take that as a positive that you will not always feel as you do now. There will be ups and downs so duvet when yer down and enjoy when yer up! Things will get better, you must remember they may get a little worse before they can get better.

    Your story is very similar to mine. I am here due to work related stress and last year I hadf a burst appendix which saw me nearly not make ir! Of course it has to be said and understood that taking Cita and the appendix issue where not ane are not related, SO NOBODY WORRY! I think that due to me working sometimes 24/7 week in, week out, not going to my GP for check ups for 6 years, not taking care of myself, smoking, drinking working and the cycle went on, my mind crashed and then my body decided to have a rest too!

    You may. along the way, also experience outside events that may knock you back a bit so be prepared for them. The bottom line is keep sticking with it, keep as positive as you can and keep posting, that way you will not sit there thinking you are alone and why is this happening to me? You are not alone and you ain't the only one and because this site helps us we like to do the same in return as thanks. Whether we are better or not. I have seen and read newbies asking then helping other newbies which is good for the mind. Not only will you help others, but in doing so you are helping yourself whether you fully appreciate that or not.

    So Turvell take a look at the weekend there may be something that triggered the SSRIs and made it a good one, maybe you can use this and do the same again? Either way that was a positive and hold on to that!

    Re yer body, what ever made you feel like that about it was not you! It is society and advertising that profit on peoples insecurities and vanities and we are all susceptible to it (even moi!) at times if we waiver from reality.

    Have you heard the song Sunscreen by Baz Lurhamann? If not play it listen to the lyrics, they are very true!

    Stick with it and keep posting!

    Regards,

    David

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      funny you should mention that song i love it lol. and yes it is words to live by. i just need to remeber that i guess. work  mainly is just a useless situaion. my body issues are that i eat when im down. so im over weight. but i seem to be able to control that more latley. i tend to put mylsef last and everyone else first and i guess i forgot to look after me. my doc told me i was depressed and put me on these so just hoping he is correct 
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      Go play the song again and again and again!

      You can never put other people first if you do not take care of yourself first, it is an impossibility and is illogical Captain.

      Depression is a natural occurrence in humans which today is compounded by the way we live and the way the system uses us and tries to manipulate us. Don't get me wrong I am no revolutionary or anything, it is just that this illness has opened my eyes to just how many of us are suffering and the lies the state feeds us to keep us in chains!

      Wow! I do sound like a revolutionary!

      Sun shining here and becoming happier. Also the washing will dry, hopefully, quicker as we're expecting the liquid stuff! 

      Feed the body feed the mind and as I said the possibilities are endless! Then when you feel like a sob have one and move on, afterall that is a natural emotion too!

      Regards,

      David

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      hi

      your funny mate you remind me of the old me. i really do apprciate your words. made me smile for the first time today  smile.  its tipping down here and i have an office with no window. which has driven me crazy for years. i have the song on as we speak. oddly it makes me tearey like im going to cry but in a good way 

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      Tipping down here now!

      Having an office without a window is a fekin cupboard! Your employer does not seem to have your wellbeing or state of mind at heart, it is no wonder you are suffering and perhaps a change os position maybe something else you could look at. In the meantime get some posters of exotic places abroad and put at least one on each wall and the back of the door, it will help. An RAF establishment back in the early 80s that is partially underground had a similar problem with staff, but they recognised the problem and did just that. This almost immediately stopped the amount of people going sick!

      That song we play often. Yep it does kinda get to ya!

      David

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      your right it is a bloody cupbaord lol. i laugh but it is pretty crap. i will be looking to get a new job once my mood had lifted and im feeling more like me again. i just havent got the confidence at the moment to do anything about it. plus i have a stomach op planned so dont want to go off sick on a new job. best to get it all out the way, then break the chains 
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      I think your employer is flouting the law with your conditions and they should at least pay for the SAD lamp.

      Understand about waiting, afterall you do not want to put undue pressure on yer self. No harm in checking out what's out there though.

      Positivity in every form is good.

      David

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    Don't forget that most people who are happy with the outcome of their citalopram won't come back to write positive reviews smile so we can assume that what you see on forums is generally not representative of the real situation.

    I was in the same boat as you, didn't believe it would help out, I read the horror stories which made me have even more anxiety,etc.

    Honestly, I've been on citalopram for 10 weeks now (4 weeks on 10mg, then upped to 20mg so 6 weeks on 20 mg now) and I feel fantastic.

    No more "unreasonable" anxiety, I still can worry about logical things though - which is a good thing otherwise I'd be like a psychopath.

    I used to haveanxiety for no reason, knot in the stomach, my neck hurting, etc ...

    Give it time, it will work out for you! I thought I was going to see effects by the 4th week but honestly 8th week was more like it. And it's so gradual that you don't realize it until you face situations that used to give you anxiety and you realize that it's no longer the case. It's very subtle.

    And yeah it's normal to have side effects during the first 2-3-4 weeks, your anxiety will actually spike but it does end up dissapearing.

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      it is a good point stannis. same with product reviews most people only review when they have negative exprience. im on 10mg and then seeing the docs in 6 weeks for a review. i assume to how im doing and then either leave me or up my dosage. i was ok over the weekend then today monday back in the windowless office. bam feel terrible. nervous sick feeling butterlies in belly and tense neck and back and shoulders. dont get me wrong im no worse off than i was before really so shouldnt really complain. i just hope so much that they work for me too
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    Hello Turvell,  Don’t listen to all the negative, as Cital is a very good med, you will see what people do go through at the beginning, heightened anxiety, depression, upset stomach, foggy head, sleepless nights...which can be some of the side effects, and this is completely normal, but not everyone is the same, so not everyone has all of these, or as bad. 

    I have been on Cital 20 mg for 3 years, and I have no had no problem with it at all.  A friend is on it as well, and has no problems with it.  Our doctors both told us to take it at night 30 min before bed with a little food, and neither of us had the side effects that some have gone through, and the bonus is, it helped with our sleep issues.  My poor husband is happy I am not up and down all night anymore!!  lol  But also, remember as with any medication what works for one person, may not always work for others. 

    I think you will find this forum helpful for you.  There are a lot of wonderful people on here, that have been on Cital, and have great advice.  There is no judgment here.  We have all been through, or are going through the same things, so feel free to ask questions, we are here for you!  I wish you good luck!!

     

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      hi deidra

      well for me it was a string of health issues that started all this off. a hernia operation that has failed and now i have to have that again. a job that pushes my stress to the limit. a hopelss situation for years. i started staying in more because of pain im tummy. convinced i was dying as docs could find nothing wrong with me. 12 months on they have found my hernia op failed so need to have it again. so i spent the last year thinking i was going crazy stessed with work and now moving house too soon. i spoke to my doc he said i was depressed and put me on these. i was having strong feelings of guilt and worry for no reason. im on day 7 today. i feel the same at the moment. exepct im so tired and cant stop yawning. this is making work harder too. but i believe they should work. but feel mad at me for letting myself get this way 

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      Oh Turvell,  I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this!  Stress alone can cause so many other issues with mind and body!  My hubby has had two hernias come undone, and have had to have them surgically redone.  I know what he went through, and actually, he has another.  Those darn things just keep finding another place to come out.  It is scary!!  This alone is stress for you!  And then your job is another area for stress! 

      So, we have some work for you to start on!  #1 You must “try” to let go of being mad at yourself, for there is only one thing you can do about it now, and that is for you to get well.  The more you fret about how you got there, the more you are adding to your stress.  I know, it is easier said than done, but the sooner you let that part go...the sooner you can be stepping forward to your new future, being free of some of this!  

      I’m glad you have a positive attitude believing the Cital will work for you!  You are still early on, with only 7 days.  You might give taking it at 30 min before bed with a little food, see if that works for you.  As I said, I take mine at night, and it actually helps me sleep, and I was not bothered by the other side effects during the day too bad, like so many others were, but that was me, maybe I was just lucky in the beginning.  But, Maybe worth a try? 

      Hang in there, I know it’s not easy, but as the weeks go by, you will start to feel better!  You might have a day to two that you will feel like you stepped backward, but this is normal, it’s the meds working, and before you know it, you will feel the anxiety, and depression start to melt away.  And of course, when you have that hernia fixed...again...more of that stress, anxiety, and depression will also go away!  

      Cital is a good med, it has helped a lot of people!  Most of us on it are thankful for it!  It has really helped me.  As I said, I have been on it for 3 years with no problems.  Please keep in mind, you can keep posting here when ever you need, or want to.  There are a lot of really nice people on here, with great advice, and can help you along the way!!  That’s what we are here for!  We can help, and encourage each other.  There are also professionals here too, as well as mental health nurses...so lots of people to help us along!  Keep posting, let us know how things are going with you.  We are here for you!  Will keep you in my prayers!  Sending you a {{{{HUG}}}} as we all can use those!!  Take care of yourself!!

      btw...listen to David and Stannis...They are very wise!  smile  I've learned a lot from them as well!!

       

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      wow 3 hernias sad not nice. i had a little one repaired last july and i dont think it worked as i was in pain all the time with it. never really went away. not its a little higher up this time. when i went back to the surgeon i said it hurts and he said well its nothing to do with me go see your GP. my GP tested me for all kinds of stuff. and then as the lump got bigger i said. can it not be a hernia? he sent me for an ultrasound scan that confirmed it. he then told me ill have to have another op. and that he thinks i should see the same surgeon as he is a speicalist in hernia repair. i said that i was affraid of seeing him as he will be angry at me fro going back after he told me it was nothing to do with him. my doc said he wont be. but i feel sick about it. and going through all that pain again. i read it is suppsoed to be about 4 weeks after the op before you feel better. but i neve really did. 4 weeks on i still couldnt stand up without ad pain. how did you hubby get on with recovery? anyway i left the doctors office with a perscription for citalopram and the info that i was to be cut again. i cried all the way home. i used to be so happy and now im a mess
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