First time taking Citalopram 20 mg

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I just started taking citalopram 20mg 2 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The doctor said it will take a few weeks to work.  I switch to 1 tablet a week ago, but I feel super tired.  I switch the med to take a few hours before my bedtime.  It hasn't helped.  All I want to do is sleep.  When I'm up, I'm constantly yawning.  It is hard because I am a student, and it is starting to affect my studies.  Does anybody else have this issue taking the medication? When does it go away?

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    Hi Mang, Maybe start off with 10mg ?, I started getting a lot more energy after a month, so plenty of time for you yet, In the meantime, have some nice strong coffee, when tired.👍

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    don't  forget this medication will take 6/8 weeks for the ssri  to work within your brain and yes tiredness is one of those side effects ,but as your body gets used to the medication you will feel less tired

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    Hi Mang. I’ve been on 20mg Citalopram for OCD and panic attacks for almost 2 years, and I definitely remember the constant yawning!! It sucked. It went away for me about a month or so. Obviously, I can’t tell you how your body will react to it or how long it will take to stop, but yeah, for me it took about a month.

    I personally take mine at 9am every day. Stick with it for a little while longer. It might get better and may help with your Anxiety. It definitely helped with mine. Good luck

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    Hello yes these are side effects I have been on 20 mg since jan and that was some of my side effect s to they will get better but tierd ness with me is still a big thing to and foggy head at times which drives me mad and sometimes carnt concentrate but they are all part of recovery take care x
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