Citalopram Side Effects

Posted , 4 users are following.

Does anyone one first starting citalopram wake up with a very rapid heart rate, the sensation that your blood pressure is at bursting point in your veins and every nerve in your body is electrified with extreme anxiety? It's immensely frightening and lasts for about half an hour, but recurs another one or two times during my nighttime.

0 likes, 10 replies

Report / Delete

10 Replies

  • Posted

    YES! Thats how mine was at the beginning! It does go away after a few weeks! XX
    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Wow!  Robin, you're the first person to ever share these particular symptoms.  Just so we understand each other, would you say my description was really accurate.  It's the weirdest, most terrifying sensation I've ever felt,  Panics the hell out of me. Did it happen only at night with you and for how many nights?  Is there anything that can stop it from happening that you know of, like propranolol or diazepam?
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Thanks for replying, btw.  Sorry I see you mentioned after a few weeks!  That's unbearable.  There must be something to stop it surely.
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      I would wake with a "panic attack" a few times at night.. 3AM, 5AM,, etc.. then when waking in the morning would wake with one again as well.. Heart racing.. feeling like I  want to run away.. scared! All of it!  I tried mindful breathing, relaxation App on my phone.. and Lorazepam too! Finally after my body got more adjusted to the 20 mg of Cit these went away. Do you mind if I private message you? 
      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Yes this happened to me for several weeks. It will pass and it's just your body adjusting. Don't worry it does get better
    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Oh Felis, thank you for replying to my message. I find it unbearable as it makes me feel like I'm going to have a cardiac arrest! My heart beats so rapidly and the sensation of pressure and intense nerve ending pain in my body is so extreme. It feels really dangerous. It only happens after falling sleeping but I am guaranteed to wake up 1.5-2.5 hours later with these horrible side effects. Do you get it after sleeping for a few hours as well. How did you cope? Did you tell your doctor?
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      You poor thing .Yes this did happen to me just after falling asleep.i was free of it all for 10 years been off medication then out of the blue about a year ago it hit me again about 3 am luckily my husband was home and he's a trained flight attendant and as I was sitting up in bed feeling like I was having a heart attack and telling him to call an ambulance he sat me down in a comfy chair and breathed into a paper bag after the palpitations eventually  subsided he went downstairs and made me a cup of chamomile tea. The next day I went to the doctor and he sent me back to the Psychiatrist who put me back on Citalopram after ten years off it! Also I might add that I had

      visits to the heart specialist to make sure my heart was ok. I still had these

      attacks for weeks afterwards and the early mornings were the pits nausea

      shaking crying etc which I had never had 10 years ago when I started on cit

      but then I was 10 years younger and my doctor explained to me that like

      everything in our body the resilience is not as strong and I suffered miserably until the Meds kicked in after 2 to 3 months and then I started to feel better and now I'm fine. Everyone reacts differently but I'm sure you will eventually feel better. It's an awful long journey but remember small steps is what needed here. I found that a sedative helped me with these early morning attacks used to be called Xanax but now known as kalma but of course these need to be prescribed by a doctor. But these were very helpful in allowing me to get back to sleep and stopped the wretched palpitations . A year down the track I'm still on cit 20 mg and it works well.I don't need anything else. Doctors don't give you reassurance but you will get loads of support on this forum. We are here to hold your hand and help you along the way. Just post when you need to but be reassured it will get better so take it one step at a time.xx

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Thank you so much Felis. It is a great help to know that I'm not the only one to have felt this horrific side effect, not that I would wish it upon anyone, but it helps to feel less isolated and alone in the experience. Thank you again and congratulations on having made it back to normality. I hope I am there soon as well. smile
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      You will get there so don't think there is no end to it because there is .It is a long slow process. if you need support anytime just post and we will be here for you.x
      Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up