Citralopram 8 Weeks on

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hi, 

have followed and posted discussions on here when I started on this medicine. After a horrible first few weeks ( same for most I believe) things settled down and I began to feel like my old self but perhaps even better. Which is great and when I read posts of people having glitches or needing more meds after this period I dismissed them as I felt that wouldn't happen to me because I was feeling so well. Then bang out of the blue yesterday had major anxiety with burning sensations . I recognise now that I had been feeling edgy all week with extra Xmas stuff going on and a big family meal to attend tonight ( which has been a goal to focus on for the last two months!)  so I guess no surprise that I come crashing down again even though I thought it wasn't worrying me. Sleep has been disrupted again too and I feel so disappointed that this has happened. I have read lots of others have the same experiences but somehow it helps to post it myself. Everyone on this forum is so supportive and completely understands what I'm going through so it's nice to sound off for some feed back. Not sure if I will manage to go to this family event tonight or not, depends on how this anxious spell pans out.

thanks for listening and sorry for the long post . Any support appreciated.

thanks

Val

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    Hi Valerie

    Sorry to hear you aren't feeling great. I've been on cit for close to 7 weeks and have started to feel better. I agree with you, this forum has been a God send. It makes you feel as if you aren't going mad and that you aren't alone. Try not to put so much pressure on yourself about going to the family do tonight. They are your family and will love and support you no matter how you are feeling. I've been reading the books recommended by Kate called Self Help for your Nerves, the author recommends something called floating where you imagine yourself almost observing the situation around you and not feeling. I imagine the scene in Maleficient when she makes Sleeping Beauty float gently through the air. I had a family lunch to go to and dreaded it in case I would have a panic attack whilst there. I just practised my breathing and let myself go with the flow, afterwards I felt very proud that I'd done it. Hope this helps, you are just going through a glitch, remember the triumphs you have made over the past few weeks and feel good for what you have achieved xoxo

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      Hi,

      thaks so so much for taking the time to reply to my post. I know when you are feeling better it's sometimes feels better not to read some of the other posts on here, so thank you for doing that. As always someone on here has been able to lift my spirits with kind words and understanding. I will try to attend this event tonight and whatever happens, happens. It's just hard to feel that I'm back to square one again and may have another uphill battle. Perhaps this won't be the case and will try not to think too far ahead.

      anyway, thank again, will check out the book and give it a go. Hope you continue to do well and have a happy and peaceful Xmas .

      Val

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    Hi val. I'm feeling very similar to you at the moment. I am on my second week of upping my cit to 40mg after 4 weeks of 30mg and I'm feeling like hell with mega anxiety and very fatigued most of the time. I just hope my symptoms are the higher dose building up in my system as I'm feeling pretty desperate to get better now. Like you I had a clearer  spell and thought i was doing better only to crash down again. One thing I do make myself do every day though is try to go out or go and see family, quite often once you get there you won't feel as bad as you thought and even may enjoy it. Every single thing seems like a strain for me at the moment but I'm trying to keep going and doing the dishes going for a walk or shopping and at least I feel I've done something but I can't relax or sleep at the moment. I think things seem worse at Xmas as well because it seems everyone around is so happy and exited but looking on this forum shows just how many of us are in the same situation. I hope you pick up again soon you've probably just been doing a bit too much and worry takes over without you realising it sometimes. Take care hun.
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    Hi

    When you're recovering on this medicine you will get blips along the way.  It's normal. After getting through the initial side effects, you'll start to feel good for a while, then bang! find yourself back to square one.  This is perfectly normal and seems to be the way this medicine works.  You'll start to feel good again soon, and will get more blips after that.  As time goes on you'll be up and down a lot, and these blips will get less and less and also less severe each time.  You might even get a bad blip months and months after feeling good.  It'll pass.  This seems to. E the normal way of recovery, and it happened to me too, and I've also read others follow this same pattern too.

    Just accept each blip, and it'll pass in it's own time.

    They'll eventually be a thing of the past.

    K xx

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