Citalopram-Vision issues

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I was on Citalopram for three years and weened off.  Just started taking again and my having strange vision symptoms. Tunnel, blurry, almost a "staticky" feeling.  Anyone else have anything like this?

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    Hi Tammy

    It’s a very common side effect , I had it and occasionally when I’m very anxious still get it , it’s both a Cit side effect and an anxiety symptom.

    Matt

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    Hi Tammy. Yes I sometimes have similar feelings. Sometimes I feel like my eyes are too big for their sockets! This does seem to wear off and get less as you continue taking them. I have been on for 8 weeks now and this symptom is almost all but gone. Take care  Mark x
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    Hi Tammy.   In my experience of anxiety and taking Cit ( which I am now not taking), I think you will find that they vision/eye problem is more  of an anxiety symptom than a side effect of Cit.  By reading many posts on this and other forums, it is quite a common symptom for anxiety sufferers whichever medication they are taking, or in fact, like me, are taking no medication at all.  Just an opinion.  Lily x
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    Hi Tammy,

    My GP recently increased my citalopram dose from 30mg to 40mg/day and he warned me that, because of my age, one side-effect could be glaucoma.  He advised me to get an eyesight check-up as Cit can increase eye pressure and thus trigger glaucoma, where you lose peripheral vision and end up with tunnel vision.

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      I believe it is an age issue.  I'm 67.  GPs don't normally prescribe more than 20mg/day to patients over 60 and when my GP increased my dose to 40mg/day he warned me of two possible side-effects.  One was glaucoma, the other was the increased possibility of bone fractures.

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