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Hello all, I have been on 10 mg now for 3-4 week and I was told this is a sub therapeutic dosage. This week I went up to 15 mg and in one day will be going up to 20. My question is this is it normal to feel this spaced out and odd? I definitely feel very medicated and everything seems very strange like I'm just not quite there. Not present. Is this a normal part of growing up in dosage? Or is this just how the medication make you feel? I am going to continue either way and I'm very hopeful this will work for my anxiety but this feeling gives me more. Thank you to all.

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    Odd* not on
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    hi dan how did you feel on the 10mg for the first month.?
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      hi what about the 15mg i have been taking these for 4 month still feel strange started on the 10mg was nasty then started taking 20mg for a month and spaced out yes made me feel worse then i did before i started taking these so went back down to 10mg not as spaced out but still feel terrible and more anxious so might have to bite the bullet and go back up.
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      I've been on the 15 for one week today. Tomorrow I go up to 20. Either way I'm gonna bite the bullet I just want people's experiences about it getting better. Or if it does. I need to tackle this anxiety and get my life back. I also started CBT on Monday.

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      Also, thank you for your reply I do hope you start feeling better soon and we all do. I mean that sincerely. This is an awful bout to go through but will come out the other end
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    Hi Dan, Ive been on 10mg of Citalopram for 6 weeks and felt good after a few weeks and I had that strange feeling that I wasnt real tht is a normal side effect it will pass soon I went up to 15mg last week as had a blip as like you say was told 10mg wasnt enough for me then mght go to 20mg if needed Stick with it it gets better its a good med  
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      Thank you so much! It's not that I don't feel real because I definitely have that when I was starting it's that I'm just so dang spaced out. I definitely feel medicated. Just a little bit off. I have only been a week on 15 mg and I go up to 20 tomorrow. The side effects are the worst! But I will trust in you if you say it gets better.

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      Hi Dan everyone is different but I've been on Citalopram about 7 years ago for stress and it worked good after adjusting and it's great we all support each other st difficult times but it will be worth it I've had a great day today and going up to 20mg maybe in s week if so and know will have a few side effects but not as bad as when I started so stay positive things will work out good for you and all of us

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    Hi fr Tx, USA. I've been on 10mg for 7, days an on 20mg now for 1 day an half. Definitely more emotional an anxiety an everyone's probs I think I have to fix are really piling up. Im caregiver to both parent's (81) & tryin to sell their house a n get it cleaned out to. Im married with kids an have my own issues with that. No money. I cant get job due to my parent's an picking up 13 yr old son. So I think our outside issues effect our inside issues. Both need fixing.

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      I completely agree. I started doing cognitive behavioral therapy this week also. I do feel for you and all that you were going through. It sounds like you have so much on your plate plus a new medication. We need to be kinder to ourselves and don't look too far in the future take today for was it what it is. I am really struggling with all this right now too but there will be a light in the sun will shine

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    I was on 40 mg for five years!I was transitioned on it from a low dose of Anafranil an old tricyclic for OCD!Within two weeks I was on the 40 mg and felt completely normal.It was a great med!I think because I was already on something else when I started it it worked quick!Its a great drug!I was weaned off during my pregnancy and could not tolerate it when I needed to go back on two years later!My OCD came back so I am trying Prozac now!Stick w it!
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    Yep, its normal.  The first few weeks you usually get some strange side effects, but they do wear off.  You also get side effects every time you increase your dose - again it does wear off.  Don't be in too big a hurry to increase ....... let each one settle.

    These meds can take months to work, so don't expect an overnight fix.  However ... the wait is worth it for many.  Also recovery often comes in waves, so you may start to feel better only to become anxious again.  That's normal.  Its often 3 steps forward and 2 steps back along the way.

    Just keep persevering, chatting on here and many will share their experiences with yu too.  Oh, and if ever you feel you don't want to carry on with the meds don't just stop them as they need to be weaned off very slowly by a tiny amount each time.

    These meds will really help with your anxiety.  Give them time ... lots of time.

    K x

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      It feels like nothing else on earth doesn't it.  I didn't know what had hit me when I had it and didn't think I'd ever get over it.  I did.

      It can happen to anyone.  The illness isn't fussy who its victims are - given the right circumstances, it'll bite you.

      You will get over this - just don't expect it to happen quick.  Give the meds time, try not to beat yourself up about it - its happened, so let it be there, go with the flow, move with the punches and in time you'll find youself beginning to feel calmer.

      K x

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