do I stop taking 20mg citalopram

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I was diagnosed with depression and my doctor prescribed me 10mg citalopram so I took them untill I finished the cycle then my doctor prescribed me the 20mg citalopram and I've been taking them for 2 weeks and have felt alot worse I have had suicidal thoughts and have been confused about my feelings towards my husband...he's not taking the depression seriously and I have nobody to talk to and feels so alone I'm to scared to tell my doctor as she wants me to talk to a shrink and I really don't know what to do as this will involve social workers and I fear that my children will get taken off me

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    Don't be afraid of talking to a shrink. That's what would benefit so many people in this country. It's nothing to be ashamed of- you'd talk to a specialist about your physical health wouldn't you? So why not take care of your mental health in the same way. You won't have your kids taken away, that's your mind working overtime. Sometimes upping the meds can give you a couple of weeks of rough mental health but then it gets better. I'd advise you stick with it and readily accept or even demand to speak to a therapist - ask about CBT and other treatments.  They work! Take care x 
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    I was on 10mg of cit for two weeks then dr put up to 20mg i felt just the same as you so went back to drs who put me back down to 10mg. Said i was getting to much serotonin to thebrain. I have being on 10mg now for 8 weeks & now feel so much better less anxious & now sleeping . Go back to drs & tell them how you are feeling. You will be fine hang in there. Good luck. 
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    Hi Hayley, I was prescribed 20mg Citalopram and felt awful, increased anxiety and panic attacks. Drs reduced me to 10mg and i have been fine on that dosage. I have had no paniic attacks and my anxiety is so much better, my sleeping is better also. I would go back to your GP and explain how you are feeling, especially having suicidal thoughts. Hope this helps.
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    When you start Citalopram or have your doseage upped, it's very common to feel much worse at the beginning, sometimes suicidal and racing thoughts.  Give your body time to adjust ..... it's tough, but hang on in there and you should start to feel better.  It takes people different lengths of time - a few weeks to a month or 2.  Some people also react differently to different SSRI's - all tailored to different people.

    Citalopram have been my saviour and have been on them for 15 years.  Am happy and content with life.

    Your children will not be taken away ... I've brought my children up whilst taking this medication.

    Talking to a specialist will be a great help.  You'd see a specialist if you had something else wrong, so don't be afraid.  They're there to help you.

    Depression is a terrifying and vile illness to have ..... but you will get better.

    Take care x

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