From setraline to Citalopram

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Hi, Iv just come of setraline to start Citalopram, just wondered it anyone else has done this ? I’m so nervous about side effects e.c.t

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    Hi Shelby.   I was on sertraline for 4 years.  Came off 9 months ago, thought I could manage without meds, crashed back down and I took my first citalopram yesterday.  you and I are in the same boat luv. I am getting ready for day 2, trying not to focus and just keep swimming lol.   Don’t be scared just take the plunge, the way I see it, I already felt sick and dizzy and anxious and crap anyway, good luck, we can do this together smile xx 
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    Hi. Firstly I think you need to accept there will be side effects but acknowledge that it's the meds not you. Have support around you someone to talk to or message on here. I found this place was great for advice and letting me know that everything I felt was normal and it would get better. I thi k the more you know what to expect the less worrying it is. If I told you to expect to feel sick you could rationalise that the meds are making you feel that way and not anything else. Secondly not everyone feels the side effects. You may get them mild. The common ones are fatigue headache nausea and insomnia. I also would yawn a lot and my jaw would jitter. I did find my anxiety got worse after about 2 weeks but again that is very normal. It shows the drugs are getting into your system and doing what they need to do. I would definitely recommend staying in touch with your Drs. My gp was brilliant. He gave me a low short course of diazepam when I was really bad and it helped no end. He weaned me off of them very quickly and safley too. Also allow yourself timeyo feel better. Don't expect too much. If you need to lay on the sofa for the day just do it. It takes time for these pills to really work but they do. Good luck

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    I was on sertraline 40mg for about 5 weeks but switched to Cit 20mg after that. I was having terrible dry mouth and insomnia. I had a lot of side effects on Sertraline the 1st 2-3 weeks (anxiety, headaches, lots of yawning, muscle tightening, insomnia, tiredness, dry mouth) and was nervous I'd have to deal with that all over again when I switched but did not. Still have dry mouth and tired but that's getting a little better. My anxiety and overall mood is much better. Good luck!

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