Day 16 citalapram day 12 HRT

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Hi I'm on day 16 of citalapram and day 12 of HRT I'm still very anxious when I wake up I'm not sleeping lots of sweating .Ive been in 20 mg for past 9 days any ideas when these side effects will get better especially the sleeping anxiety and swearing.Ive been off work 6 weeks and still don't think I would cope in the morn due to side effects and anyone had side effects from HRT and if so what thanx

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    Sarah, I don't know about HRT but i can tell you I had the same side effects from Cit. Took a good 4-5 weeks for it to go away. I am on 20 mg. Hope you get relief soon! Xx
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      Thanx robin I've been on them b4 bit started on them 5 yrs ago and doc changed them a month ago to sertraline which was disastrous so gone back on but can't remember these side effects first time but my anxiety prob wasn't this bad first time x
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      I was the same, on them before and had different side effects this time around and more severe. Strange.  Hope you get relief soon. xx
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      Hi robin how are you now or did you stop taking them I just prob avnt given them enough time as my anxiety is diff this time around
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      I am good now, I have not had a panic attack for a few weeks now and feel as if I am "levelled out" now.  Only side effect I can say I really have other than the yawns is when I wake up my stomach is gurgly then I usually have to run to the washroom..  sad  This was gone away but has since started again. Mind you I have had alot of stress at home on top of my GAD so that could be why it started again.  sad
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      Thanx I just can't remember anything like this and today is day 15 but only day 9 I'm 20 mg but b4 I was on 40 no side effects whatsoever but came off a bad two weeks of sertraline 15 days ago prob not recovered yet.Yawning is what I've struggled with today felt tired but couldn't sleep when did your symptoms ease and at what dose I'm really fed up it was health anxiety I had first time now I think it's just Gad cus due to a migraine middle of August went cold turkey on gabapentin and which created the anxiety now it just won't settle and I wasted two weeks on sertraline
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      I started on 10 mg for 1 week.. then 20mg. I think about the end of week 6 I did not have the shakes , sweats and heavy feeling anymore. Been feeling clearer headed since about 5 weeks though.  Hope this helps! 

      I wonder why your doctor would have tried the Sertraline if they knew Cit works for you? My Doctor knew Cit worked for me before so when it hit again I went right back into it.  

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      We have that many docs at our surgery you see a diff one nearly every time I had reduced from 40 mg a day to 10 mg every other day and I saw a young doc who said that wasn't enough and sertraline is a good drug for anxiety and you believe what they say so I went back to an older doc after two weeks who put me straight back on cit guess they all have diff ideas thanx for your info it helps I'm just so impatient my daughter lost her job I've been off work 7 weeks only been paid £88 per week and now I've got her to keep again and I'm supposed to be going to Madrid 18 th oct so need to get back to work but I know the way o feel I'm not ready yet
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    Hi Sarah,

    Cita takes as long as it takes for each person. Everyone being individual experiences different types of side effects and different intensities, but you may not experience as many as the next person, then again you may experience more. Do not put any time limits or expectations on this "sticking plaster for the brain". You just have to go with it until such time you have levelled out and back to where you are happy.

    I am 10 months down the line and currently on 40mg, I have discussed about trying to reduce with my Dr, but following recent surgery I'll wait a while, at least until I have recovered from that!

    I came here with work related stress and am pleased to say earlier in the year I removed myself from that which was making me ill and have not looked back! I have no income and my Fiancee works part time so it hasn't been easy. However, one thing I decided when I started taking Cita (back in the days of angst, fuzziness and feeling down) was to do my part in my recovery so, I changed my lifestyle, gave up meat, stopped smoking and cut down by about 99% on the alcohol. The first 3 months I did drink at all. But I have had the odd bottle or two of real ale since, but again not at the moment while I recover from surgery.

    One of the forum angels (katecogs) recommended taking Vit B6 and D3 to help the old seretonin levels while ill and they do help.

    So, Welcome to the Club! Whatever side effects manifest, just try and embrace them and every time you feel good hold on to that for when you don't. The "ups" will eventually out number the "downs". What ever you feel try and feel positive as well, keep logging onto this forum, keep reading and keep asking, no matter how silly or insignificant it may seem. There are lots of nice people out here that are and have gone through exactly what you are to some degree or another. Dont worry if you just pop in for a chat sometimes this is a great help!

    Best Regards,

    David

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      Thanx David I know I'm not on my own that's just the way you feel even though I've got a great family and a mum and brother who've had breakdowns I'm just so used to hustle and bustle of life and carrying on with anxiety at all costs being at home is hard work and boring which gives me more time to dwell on how I feel.For me work is an healer but I'm just not ready even after 7 weeks and I spend hours on this forum going round and round just for reassurance
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    Morning Sarah,

    You'll get the reassurance so that is one thing not to worry about.

    Like many I get me down times too and that is why I am up as I have been low since last night, with constant buzzing (rare these days) Through the night I've woken up a couple of times, been having dreams again, not multiple and vivid ones like I did before taking Cita before bed, but boring, whats the point ones! Wouldn't be so bad if they were at all interesting!

    I only have ESA coming in at the moment so know what it is like. What Ann and I did was to sit down and decide what we can do to not just save money (my lifestyle change certainly has helped this one), but also to make our own income. So we have applied to a local language school to register to take in a student and we may foster too. I am finishing a history of our town and would love to get it published (Ann, she's got an "o'logy" is working on that).

    Since falling ill and trying to get to grips with what is happening to me I returned to art (and design) after 40 years of trying to find that "job for life!" Which has included private and public sector work, air force career and finally working for a charity - which was the final straw!

    Anyway, if you have any kind of pastime, hobby, talent however good or bad do it! Just do it! I have found that returning to mine and doing the writing does help and goes some way to help meditation and keep mind, body and soul in a good place. I used to run and jog a lot, was sporty until the old arthritis got to me knees, I have been banned from that for the passed 10 year now. So wlaking and art etc 

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      Hi David I've been up since 5 restless as usual luckily my husband goes to work but his job is constantly under threat as he works for a coal mining company.My only refuge at this moment is my bed and every night I pray that I'll feel better when I wake up and I've had an odd good day but three out last five bad I'm at docs today so see what he suggests next he said last week I'd had too many chemicals going round in my brain in too short of time
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    Oops! I must have hit send somehow! Sorry!

    Anyway, doing things you enjoy, even when down, helps you get through. Sometimes, more so in the early months, I felt I was on a rollercoaster or white water rafting without any control. Now, I have my hand on the oar and steer most of the time, but now and again my hand slips off and I just have to go with the flow.

    You need a Dr like mine, I see no one but her. She is well read on "sticking plaster for the brain" and is amazing. I must say NO ONE should be advised to drop from any amount of  Cita so dramatically as you have been told. You'll get horrendous withdrawl! When I reduce it will be 40mg, as usual, one night then 35mg the next, then 40 then 35 and so on for at least I am ok with that (may be weeks may be months) then I shall try reducing the same way by 5mg again and so on. I would certainly seek out a Dr who knows what they are talking about or they'll just make matters worse!

    One thing more, I promise this'll be it! earlier in the year someone was saying they felt down, bored etc., when one of the forum angels suggested turning the radio on, or putting on your favourite CD, cranking up the volume and dancing and singing around the houses, a little screaming and shouting was recommended too! I think that day quite a percentage of the population was rockin!

    As promised that is it. Ann is off to her an hour, twice a day job, she's a school escort for a young chap with needs and I should get on prep breakie.

    Try and sit down with your Family, see what your options are try and keep busy (on your terms) and I know what you mean about going anywhere, but MADRID now that is a difficult one to turn down.

    Keep reading, keep posting and keep yeer chin up!

    Regards,

    David

    Ps do you know I dfeel a little better for that, thanks!

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    Hi,

    Seek out a DR that knows what they are doing, try and stick with Cita and if you are at the moment going through this crazy reduction which is plain stupid, then you need to get back to 40mg and level out. It may not be the chemicals it is undoubtedly the irresponsible actions of that GP (General Practitioner!) who is causing you to suffer! As I said my GP knows about mental illnesses and she'd be very upset with yours if she know he was making stupid suggestions. I am not being rude just facing facts (even though the moderators for this forum are Dr's) I am just concerned for your or anyone else well being when being totally misguided.

    There are plenty more forum members that will say the same!

    Good luck, keep us updated.

    Best Wishes,

    David

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      Hi David I worked with my gp to come off it slowly over a year and that's when we'd got it down to 10 mg every other day and this was fine I was ok it was coming off the gabapentin cold turkey accidentally that flared it up my doc who I'm under now didn't change my meds it was a young new one who thought sertraline was better and because of my small dose of citalapram I wouldn't notice the swap and maybe I wouldn't if my body as liked them but after two weeks the citalapram was out my body so I've had to start again.My doc says I need to give it a couple more weeks for it to kick in but won't up it to 40 yet new guidelines you have to be on 20 for so long b4 they will increase it and I do trust him
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