do i need it?

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I had my first panic attack last friday and after a weekend of severe anxiety with multiple panic attacks a day, I was diagnosed with GAD and prescribed 20mg citalopram on monday. Since then, I've been staying with family and my anxiety levels have dropped significantly despite me only taking 3 pills so far. Everything i've read leads me to believe the citalopram should take 2 weeks minimum to enter my system, so, i'm concerned that i'm feeling better without it and i'm worried about what i will feel like in a couple of weeks if i continue to take the pills. Is it possible they're affecting me already? Should I stop taking them if I no longer feel anxious? 

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    Hi Claireem, my advise would be to continue to take the Citalopram, they won't have done anything yet but of course I'm glad your anxiety levels have dropped, staying with family is a good idea especially if you generally live alone, company and someone to chat and talk to is a big distraction. 

    Taking the Citalopram when you feel okay won't effect anything assuming your not getting any side effects, you'll just feel ok, maybe see how you feel in a months time and if you feel your ok abd don't need them then speak to your GP about coming off them.

    Neil 

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      Hi Neil, thank you for your response! I think I will continue to take them, I'm not experiencing any huge side effects, other than a little bit of insomnia, so i don't have a lot to lose. 

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    I began to feel better shortly after beginning Citalopram as well. Not sure if it was a placebo effect or what but I definitely needed to take them. My doctor started me out on 10mg. while I got them into my system to help minimize side effects then at about week 6 we decided an increase was in order as although I had improved I felt like I could use a stronger dosage. It took me about 3 1/2 months to get the full effect to where I was my old self again but suffice it to say Citalopram has made a huge difference for me. I have now been on them about 6 months and can't even begin to think about where I would be had I not started Citalopram. If I can be of any help or encouragement feel free to PM me.

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    It's not good to be playing Russian roulette with such powerful meds....always consult ur physician...take care

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    Hi Claire, 

    I agree with what the others have said. Make sure you take Citalopram everyday, I take mine every morning just before breakfast. My GP advised me that it can take 4-6 weeks for it to have an impact and fully get into my system. The side effects can be grim but power through and if you're not getting them thats great. I would stick with the meds for now and then re-evaluate in a few months. Keep going, here if you need to talk smile x

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    I did feel different in the first week in a weird sort of way so they maybe helping, plus the placebo like others have said but we are all different. However they dont work propery for a few weeks and any side effects will subside/reduce so dont give up.

    My attitude is do everything slowly, give a few weeks to evaluate any changes. Also exercise (stuff like gym and walking) helps me lots with anxiety, unburnt energy seems to fuel anxiety with me.

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    Have not had one for years now but personally found with panic/anxiety attacks being aware of your thoughts is important and correctly challenging them, so a councillor would help I think
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    Hi   Definitely continue taking them I can remember many years ago when I was going through a really bad spell my doctor at that time gave me antidepressants as soon as I walked out of the surgery I felt amazing I had not even taken any ! I have been on Citalopram for several years now as I was suffering from Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks they take at least 3 wks to have any effect mine took a bit longer than that but they do work I am on 20mg and I do not have the panic attacks now hope this helps
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