Citalopram tiredness and exhausted

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I've looked at this site a lot and found peoples comments helpful and informative. I hope my comments have helped others too.

I have been taking Citalopram 20ml for anxiety since January. I am feeling absolutely shattered and yawning a lot. I wasn't so tired to start with although I did still yawn a lot!  Recently I have felt utterly exhausted and some days really have to push myself to do things that I really do need to do.

The anxiety is much better although I do get blips. The mornings upon waking are still the worst and I have that horrid nervous feeling but I have read that this is normal and is probably the last to get better. Comments please!

Can anyone tell me if they experience this tiredness and is it a long term side effect of this medication?

Many thanks 

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    hi im afraid this can be a side effect of citalopram i too get more tired than normal on 20mg dose and ive been on them around 10 years its the way it numbs certain parts of your brain to stop the anxiety and depression makes you less bothered about things in general therefore leaving you tired and lethargic not everyone has these side effects also like you i sometimes wake up with a bad feeling for a while especially if ive to do something thats not normal for me but i suffer from agroaphobia so upon waking i can dredd going out etc i hope this helps in some way regards alan
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      Thanks for your response. It's odd as I'm not always like it. Do side effects come and go then no matter how long you are on the meds?

      It is the second time that I've taken Citalopram and the side effects were different this time. 

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    hi yes depending ive found on whats going on in your life i was put on 30mg for a month and the side effects were terrible my head was all over the place couldnt cope at all but i find mainly with 20mg things are on an even keel its maybe not the side effects of the meds coming and going for you but your own triggers to your problem and the meds sometimes aint enough to help as much as they do when your in a better place maybe have a word with your doc for better advise regards
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