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Hi guys, let me give you some background info.
I am 26, i've been on Citalopram since i was around 19-20. For the majority of this time i was on 20mg. I was prescribed it for panic attacks and not depression.
My panic attacks started in a really stupid way. I was just starting a new job, going through 6 weeks training, then someone ran into the back off my car. I got bad whiplash which in turn caused diziness. I didn't understand it and it made me panicked, sadly something seemed to alter for me after this and i was suffering panic attacks relentlessly for about a year before seeking out Citalopram, recommended by my Dad who also suffers from panic attacks.
Now onto why i am asking my question. Citalopram completely stopped my panic attacks withing 3-4 of using it, tried coming off it several times to come crashing back down, it's not an easy drug to come off at all as per other threads on here.
I went to the Doctors 6 months ago to advise that i was sick of feeling crap, although i wasn't suffering panic attacks, i frequently feel crap, bit light headed sometimes, hard to concentrate etc. One of my main ones though is that i was finding it hard to get excited and upbeat about anything, like family holidays to Florida etc and i love Florida. Also one thing that i find horrible, i never wake up feeling refreshed, no matter how long i sleep and i find that one of the hardest things to cope with.
Doctors diagnosis was that my citalopram was surpressing my emotions and making me like this and i should cut down and see if it makes a difference. Over the last 6 months i have done this gradually as i've tried it fast before and it is brutal. I am currently on 5mg (a 10mg every 2nd day), although i am currently going through a really bad stage, only changed to 5mg about 4 weeks ago. Really light headed, spaced out, struggling to concentrate.
Went back to the Doctors after i was on 10mg for a few months and still feeling pretty crap, no real change. He believes the Citalopram just isn't doung much for me anymore and prescribed me 75mg modified release Venlafaxine, which so far i haven't started as i am apprehensive, i want to feel better and i am terrified of a different tablet making me feel worse. If it didn't work out i think i'd panic and jump straight back to 20mg cit, then the long laborious cutting down process would have to commence all over again.
So my question is, do i ride this out and drop off cit completely, most likely feeling crap for the next few months while i do it hoping there is a better feeling waiting at the end of the tunnel?
Do i go onto the 75mg Venlafaxine?
Has anyone else made this move and can offer advice? The goals im looking for this are to get rid of the light headedness, more concetration. I HATE feeling dizzy.
Can i just say i am so glad i came across this forum as it backed up some of my symptoms. For a while i got the point where i thought i was just making them up in my head since i've had this for so long.
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this.
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