Citalopram side effects

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Hi all,

I have recently started taking 20mg citalopram, i am on day 4 of taking them and have had serious leg ache for the past 2 days, i feel shaky, fuzzy and have a loss of appetite.

My question is, are these all normal side effects?

The leg ache is driving me insane!

Any advice is much appreciated !!

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    I had all these and im only taking 10 mg was in them about 2 weeks before side effects wear of slightly im still on 10 mg and have been for about 3 months and i still have anxious days but can cope with them better here if you wanna chat
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      Hi there!

      Thankyou for your reply!

      It does seem that everyone has different side effects from these and the side effects range massivley compared to what the leaflet actually warns you about.

      I guess its just a waiting game as to when these will wear off.

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    Hi BullTerrierGuy !

    Yep, sorry to say it all sounds like pretty normal size effects to me (sorry!) It can take 4-6 weeks to feel the benefit of citalopram but the nasty side effects should have cleared off in a couple of weeks. Hang on in there and don't quit, it really is worth it.

    Another thing worth mentioning, I've been on 20mg since September and my legs are still giving me lots of problems. Today has been a good day with just background tingling but I have runs of really bad days of constant burning in both legs. Good luck and let us know how you get on xx

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      Hi gerrymoo!

      I have no intention of quitting them, over the last few days ive done some extensive reading on citalopram and by the looks of things it can and does work absolute wonders!

      I just needed a little reassurance that my side affects are normal (we all know what anxiety can do when you feel the sleightest bit strange)

      Thankyou for your reply!

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    Hi there

    I'm taking 20mg of Citalopram too and this is the second time I have been on them. I'm now on week 7 and feel a lot better. The side effects have varied for me on both occasions although loss of appetite has been the same both times. I haven't felt sick this time but did before. Good for weight loss!

    You will need to persevere and try and remember that there are many people taking this medication and we will all have/get some or different side effects. I don't think anyone is lucky enough to escape with none!

    If you do feel sick - ginger ale is brilliant. I always have bottles in the fridge. It's better if the fizz has gone out of it too.

    Good luck.

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      Hi kang05,

      Im a huge fan of ginger ale so ill be stocking up on that, as the days go by the affects seem to get worse but im guessing thats because my body is adjusting to the higher amount of citalopram in my system?

      Thank you for your reply!

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    Hi Bull Terrier Guy

    ?I am 81 now and was put on Citralopram 20 mg about 4 years ago. At first I did experience leg pain mainly at night, so started taking them before bedtime and this helped a lot as the night pain was keeping me awake at night and I was'nt getting very much sleep. One other thing I would like to mention is I allso started doing some Voluntary work at my local Hospital this made me feel good about myself  and has made the depresion feelings a lot easier.

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      Hi george, thankyou for your comment!

      I currently work nights so i am taking my tablet at about 4.30 each day, maybe i should change it to when i get in from work?

      Unfortunately i work very long shifts so volunteering isnt something i am able to do right now!

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