Effects of citalopram 20 mg

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I have felt tired, sometimes light headed, agitated and I sweat a little bit at night.

I find it difficult to get to sleep as my mind is often with many thoughts such as \"Am I doing the right choice in going to volunteer outside of London?\"

Also I wonder if I am taking the correct medicine for anxiety.

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    I too have just started on the Citalopram 20mg drug. Whilst I have only been taking the drug for the past 2 days, I already have noticed a few of the mentioned side effects.

    Last night, despite being tired I couldn't get to sleep as my mind was racing through all sorts of issues related to myself or generally in the world. When I did eventually manage to fall asleep it was only for a few hours, then I'd wake up and be unable to fall back again. I to have experienced the feeling of sickness, the general light headed feeling. I also had a very strange feeling of being nervous about falling asleep last night, like I might die should I do so, wierd.

    If you read a lot of the posts on this forum i'm sure you will notice that a lot of people experienced very similar side effects to yours and mine, hopefully in a day or do mine will subside, althogh I admit to considering whether I should continue taking the medication.

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    i think u should carry on with them.about 2 weeks into starting the drug i had had enough of the side effects so i didnt take one days tablet and i wondered if id done the right thing. the advice and reasurance i was given on this site made me think and i started to take them again the next day but with hardly any of the nastier side effects that had put me off them. it does seem weird but missing that tablet seemed to work for me, still a little spaced but no sickness. i think there begining to work now. stick with them.
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    Getting to sleep is a problem for me, even before I took Citalopram. I am only starting, 3rd day on 10 mg still and will increase it after 7 days to 20 mg. I think it is a progressive drug that takes its full effect after a while.

    To get to sleep, though, I listen to relaxation CDs such \"A good night sleep\" by John Selby, with a very soothing voice, but a strange organ accompaniment, yet it works for me.

    I listen too to Philip Chave: The healer's own healing meditation, which I got from Paul Chave's website, the Haven Healing Centre. This is a gradual loosening of the muscles of the body with a final few sentences of affirmations on healing. That gets me to sleep before the end of the CD.

    I would listen to one of those if I get up during the night, say at 4 a.m. and I do not want to ruminate for hours before falling asleep again. Now they work for me, because I like to listen to a soothing voice.

    My wife finds it irritating. So I bought a personal CD Goodmans player which I slip underneath the pillow and stick one earphone on (as I sleep on my left side!)This system allows me to sleep while my wife gets up during the night and won't come back to bed for hours!

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    I have been taking 20mg for 4 weeks, and feeling great. However the first 1-2 weeks were difficult, anxiety, worrying people would die, racing mind thinking the tablets would not work. Then at about 2 weeks I stopped feeling tierd all the time, got a boost of energy, totally stopped worrying about everything, feel good about life and myself. I would totally say to keep taking the tablets and just trust that these side effects are short lived.
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      Thank you, I am on day 4.  I have anxiety, sleep is disturbed by strange thoughts, increased temperature.    I was about to give up today as I feel so out of it but then read your post.  Thank you for sharing this it has given me hope.   Hope you are on the mend 
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      Thankyou so much for your words anfd advice . I have just started on them and had a horrible couple of night , couldn't sleep and got quite scared of my racing thoughts.

      It's so nice to have support to know everything is going to be alright soon . O

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    Hi Brighteyes, what an encouraging post. In to my second week, still feeling depressed with those 'racing thoughts'. But if I come out like you after 4 weeks; I'll scream with joy. mq7.
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    [u:51522c8b61]Two months later[/u:51522c8b61]

    I've been taking Cit for 2 months now. I started taking 20mg three days after my wife said our marriage was at an end. I've been married before and suffered from terrible anxiety after the breakdown of my first marriage. I also suffered from bouts of depression but was too macho to seek help for my problems. So I suffered for almost 2 and a half years.

    I'm just 50 years old and I thought to myself there is no way I'm going to suffer for another couple of years. God only knows how long I've got left and I want to enjoy myself.

    So I went to the doctors a broken man and asked for his help. He prescribed me 20mg of Citalopram taken in the evening. Let me tell you the first 2-3 weeks were truly horrible. Night time sweats, lack of sleep, dry month, lack of concentration, forgetfulness and a really strange feeling in my head. The worst was to come. Bouts of deep depression, feeling suicidal and one very worrying panic attack at work. I'd taken Ziban to stop smoking ten years earlier and these side effects were remarkably similar.

    I seriously considered stopping taking these tablets because they seemed to be making me worse. Good job I looked on the internet and it seems that nearly everyone on the forums has a similar experience when they start taking these drugs.

    Anyway, after a couple of weeks I started to have good days. The bad days didn't seem so bad. The side effects gradually started to go away - with one exception - yawning. More about that in a bit.

    I think the doctor was worried about my state of mind so asked me to go in again after a month. We discussed the dosage and he decided to increase it to 30mg.

    Day by day things have got better. I'm now at week 9 and the good days far outnumber the low spells. Most of the time I feel happy, able to get on with my new single life and make plans for the future. Don't get me wrong, the problems are still there and every day I feel some sort of pain when I think about my wife and children. However, I'm not anxious or depressed. I can sing, laugh, socialise and generally get on with my life.

    Cit has been a godsend for me but it's only a crutch. I know I've got a long way to go and there will still be many ups and downs ahead. I'm also mindful that I'm very fragile at the moment but at least I'm getting through it. I guess the passage of time helps as well.

    My only real negative comment is about the yawning. It seems I constantly yawn even after 9 weeks. It's embarrasing sometimes when I yawn in meetings but hey what a small price to pay for staying sane.

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    I've been taking cit for 5wks now when I first started them for the first couple wks had really bad sweats bad thoughts. Found it really hard to get to sleep or even wake up after only sleeping for few hours then not been able to go bk over. But they did wear of and feel much better in myself. Except the last couple ov nights after taking these for 5wks and got over the side effects. I've suddenly started waking after been sleep for few hours and finding it very hard to go bk over. Is this normal afte taking these for 5wks.
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      I know this is a really old post but for anyone looking up now I experienced this too, I was waking up, wide awake between 1am and 2am every night from about 5 weeks, I was on the verge of going back to my GP but it passed by week 8.  I imagine it's coincidence and everyone's different but this was around the time I really felt some benefit from taking it.

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    Hi, I am taking it and the first few weeks I was so depressed I started to throw it away but now I feel great !!!!!!! It has really helped me,I lost my only son the 18th of January and I was in really bad shape for about 3 months. I wanted to die but GOD wasn't ready for me yet.I am now feeling happy and couldn't ask to feel better.I owe it all to GOD and citalopram
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    I have been taking Celexa 20mg. since June 2012. For SEVERAL weeks I was so tired I could hardly go. So so tired and slept all the time and yawned all the time. I called my doctor and told him I needed something else. Also, I felt that I couldn't concentrate and forgot alot. My doctor told me to stay on the 20mg. I was suicidal before taking the Celexa. A year later, I am so much better. Yes, I still have bad days just like everyone else in the world, but with taking this medicine, I can function. Donot go off of this medicine without help from a doctor or a pharmacist.
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