Fluoxitine is this normal and does it get better this far in

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Just wondering,seven weeks in and just recently with the new side effect of buzzing in my body like a vibrating phone and not Bieng able to focus lately,having intrusive thoughts and completely unmotivated do not stick this out?

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    Hi there. I'm on citilopram but it appears that a lot of these type of meds give off the same ish side effects.  I have not had the vibration  feeling though but more of a jittery feeling... have you felt any better at all over the weeks? I sometimes  feel that my anxiety brings on some stupid symptoms/side effects. On occasion, I get shortness of breath too and that drives me nuts! I'm 6 weeks in now, last two week so great and then I got my monthlies and felt back to crappy anxiety!! What a journey! I have had all of what you say apart from the vibrating.  I guess we have just got to hang in there. I can deal with pretty much most of it but not the anxiety, hate that x

    Let me know how you get on. Even though none of us know each other, it's good to compare the crap we are going through xx

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      Thank you!I agree it is so nice to hear from others going through the same thing!!I was on celexa for five years with my last postpartum anxiety bout ten years ago and it was a lifesaver!I had a bad reaction when I tried to get back on it!!Yes that time of the month does seem to amplify things too!
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      You're welcome. Sometimes you feel so alone so this is such a good forum!

      yes, I have been on it before, for post natal depression, a couple of times. Back then, it worked immediately, no issues apart from yawning a lot for a couple of weeks. This time, it's a whole different ball game. Again, I'm guessing, but this time it was caused by anxiety, had a health scare which turned out fine, but I couldn't stop thinking about it! Idiot!! I'm thinking it's the anxiety that is causing the drugs to take their time, I could be wrong, but it's certainly weird that it's taking so long.

      what was your bad reaction, if you don't mind me asking?   Please tell me to buzz off if you don't want to say!!, x

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      Don't mind at all!I took it after five different med try's with my doc last time for postpartum anxiety after my miscarriage and I tried zoloft ,cymbalta,and Effexor in on 2007 and in 2008 ended up on Anafranil an old try cyclic for OCD.I was on 25 mg through my pregnancy w my daughter and when she was born it stopped helping so doc immediately got me up to 40 of celexa within a week or so!It worked like a charm no reactions never looked back!Stayed on it till 2014 and was weaned off during my pregnancy with my son and stayed good for two years w no meds!Everything came back past June anxiety,OCD, so I started celexa at 10 mg!I lasted two days!My body was like hyper unable to sit,burning hot flashes that came in waves through my face and arms and they were intensely hot.I woke up in a panic pacing the hallway,felt like I needed to just run off!Racing thoughts!I felt completely crazy!Stopped after second day and have NO idea why I took it so well for five years and weaned off no problem and now I couldn't handle it.

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      Right what you've just said is exactly what happened to me when I started citilopram again 6 weeks ago. Everything you've just described was me, pacing the hose, running outside to get air, panic attack after panick attack, all day long.  It was hideous. I was ringing the GP every 5 mins!! I just could not understand why it wasn't working when it did last time.  This bad panic lasted about 2 weeks but then started to calm down, slowly. The awful panic attacks stopped but I still felt hot flushes and anxiety but that calmed after a few seconds without going to a full blown panic attack. I was still waking at stupid o'clock but not pacing the house etc. On Christmas Day, I suddenly felt great and that lasted two weeks until my crappy period. Am hoping it's my hormones that have set me off as am calming down again now but not quite back to how I was the last couple of weeks. 

      So I think you need to give it some more time. We are all different and we all react differently to meds. It's damn hard but keep going for a while longer.

      Cant remember if I've said before but I do have diazepam, for emergencies which help a lot during those horrid moments. 

      Keep posting and let me know how you get on. My friend was on fluoxetine but got switched to setraline and seems to be doing better. I'm going to stick with the cit as I've had 2 positive weeks so must try and convince myself that it will work!!! X

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      That is so amazing that you were able to tolerate it!It was Soo insane!I Triedto go to work and shampoo my client but I was ready to run out the door!Itscared me,I thought am I bipolar or something why is this med doing this to me?I stopped it after two days but my panic level it raised me to remained for two months!Insomnia and not able to sit down to even eat!Did you have it where you were unable to sit at all like you had to keep moving?Also the hot flushes were burning sensations so that scared me!Dont know if it was a bad generic or just the drug itself this time!It was pretty severe!I was terrified to start the Prozac after that!I wish I was brave enough to try it again!That was back in June.
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      I honestly do not know how I did but I did not go to work for two weeks and then went back mornings only until Christmas.  Even taking the kids to school sent me into a blind panic and the school is over the road!!! I made myself take the dog for a walk but god forbid I met anyone over the fields as I just did not want to talk to anyone. 

      No I could not sit still at all, even when forcing a banana down, I would walk around the house with the damn thing, chewing bits off the side! If the kids started shouting, I would panic. God it was horrific. Yes the hot flushes felt like burning. It felt like it started in my body and worked up into my chest, neck and head, still sometimes get it now but not nearly as severe. I honestly think I would have given up if I hadn't found this forum especially the one 'anyone not had side effects on cit' discussion. 

      Is Prozac the same as fluoxetine? I'm going to stick with the cit as I know it's worked before so am hoping it will work again. 

      Keep posting, enjoying all the chats, makes me feel almost normal 😜 X

       

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      Hi yes Prozac is the same as fluoxetine!Glad you hung w it!I probably would have been admitted had I stayed on it!It was so crazy!I just don't understand!It was a great drug w no real side effects that I can even think of the first time around w it!

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      Ha ha well yeah I did ask my other half whether he thought I should be admitted to some kind of mental institution! I'm not sure he knew what to say!!  But yeah, I really thought they would take me away and sometimes I thought that might be for the best. Trying to keep this from my kids was a total mare. Just kept telling them I had a sickness bug and to bear with me! I hate to admit it but at one point, I really didn't want my kids at all, they actually scared me. Everytime they even made noise, I freaked and ran outside. I was a mess! X

       

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    Sounds like Anxiety, your medication should now be working, Did you talk to your GP  Have not had buzzing in my body, yes we can have problems with our memory. Although in my case I suffer from a conjenital short term memory disorder and I just plod along.

    Sometimes I become unmotivated although I generally find that is caused by my memory problems

    I have been on Citalopram now for about ten years and to be honest I have no side effects anymore. All I can suggest is you explain your fears and Anxiety with your GP

    BOB

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