Citalopram side effects

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Due to panic attacks after a mild stroke, I am presccribed Citalopram 20mg. First three mornings Ok.. fourth morning (and day) I keep getting cold shudders throughout all my body & legs. start shaking.. I feel faint (but don't) and very frightened. Is this normal.. please tell me if you have felt the same. Peter411

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    Hi peter

    Yes this is very normal it's part of the side effects but keep going as they do pass after a few days .

    Hope your feeling better soon

    Debi x

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      Hi Peter

      Yes I was scared that I was going to feel like that forever but it does pass .

      You just need to go with it and let the side effects come but they do pass as quick as they come.

      I post on here every day for support and it really help me .., keep posting! If you are feeling like I did I thought I was the only one in the world this was happening too.... But there are others your not alone .

      Debi x

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      Thanks Debi.. I have had about eight bouts so far today (now 7pm). It was frightening as I thought I was having another stroke... then I realised sensation was to both my arms, both legs,, and to both sides of my body. And the FACE tests were negatiive. The 'attacks' lasted for about 2-5 minutes.. but I was nervously shaking for ages afterwards. Thanks for your very valuable help... Peter xx
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    Very normal peter and they will subside. I do two things. One is have a drink of ice cold water to distract me. The other is to use a hanky with lavender oil. I find the smell relaxing.

    ‚ÄčOh, and sometimes I do a little jig like a boxer, moving my arms and legs. Shaking them out to release the tension.

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      Thanks Alan.. my 'attacks' still happening today.. but have turned into a hot/burung sensation.. seems to run through my body.. but for only a couple of mimues. I have found taking deep breaths does seem to help a little.. they often happen when I am sitting or relaxing.. even in bed !!  Peter
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