Have I waited long enough?

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Just thought I would ask because if anyone would know about these antidepressants it would be the people that actually take them.

A little background: I took 10mg cit for 4 weeks, 15mg for 2 weeks, and now 20mg for 10 weeks so it's in total been about 4 months on them. I thought I may be feeling a little better around the 5th week mark (I do mean a LITTLE) but since, it feels like I've went back to how I felt before them if not worse. I'm going to assume that these may not be the meds for me? The only thing I see any improvement in is the actual panic attacks, I've not had one for a couple months. Everything else is the same or worse. Not to mention I am now sleeping about 16 hours a day, have much more DP/DR, I feel emotionless, and everything seems pretty overwhelming, and my appetite has not returned (I've lost 20 pounds now since I started), having a lot of trouble concentrating. I kept going though after reading these forums on these meds in hopes that it was just the worse before it got better but I'm thinking now I may be just waisting time when I could have tried something else. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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    My personal experience, I was on CIT for 6 months, as I did have some good days, I FELT as if my anxiety was still there day in and day out, it possibly could have been due to the dosage, plus at the 6 month mark I b/c very depressed, something i never had before, just anxiety, my dr switched my med to LEXAPRO , the start up affects were horrible, increased anxiety, but now 8 weeks later I Finally have many good days, its like my mood has been lightened, I KNOW many have success with CIT, and they state it can take many months to be cured, MY DR. AND I decided switching to LEX WAS BEST FOR ME, I'm so happy I DID.

    GOOD LUCK, HANG IN THERE, these meds do work! I honestly thought, I WOUld NEVER GET BETTER, and now I KNOW I will

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    Is this normal though to not have any improvement other then not actually having panic attacks, just all day anxiety, depression, dp/dr, and still no appetite? And for it to seem worse then before it came on for me?

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      Hi grounded, that is exactly what I went through, had been on cit previously and knew all about the side effects and length of time to get better but this time after 6 months on it, getting worse, loosing 3 stone in weight, sleeping 18 hours a day, I knew it was not working and was making me ill with other symptoms on top of not doing anything for the anxiety and depression but did not think I had the fight left in me to jump into the unknown and start a new med. however after a really bad weekend went to Dr's and changed meds, very scary but within 2 weeks and hardly no side effects felt so much better and now 3 nearly 4 months in am back to normal, odd off day here and there but nothing I cannot handle. yes cit works for a lot of people, yes you have to give it time but you also have to take a leap of faith and say enough is enough I need something else after you have given it a reasonable amount of time.

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      Yes! Thats exactly how I feel, I'm so nervous after already waiting for 4 months for it to work to start all over again, and possibly feel worse. Not sure how I am able to feel worse though, it's pretty bad 😦 I feel like I've given it time enough to work, or at least get me to a halfway decent level...I think the only thing that keeps me going is reading comments like this, it makes me not feel so alone.

      Thank You!

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      Also, just curious, how do you switch meds? Do you have to wean off of one and wait for the new one? Or, can you go directly on it?

      Sorry, I'm just so nervous 😦

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      grounded I know exactly how you feel, I thought I just cannot go through all this again waiting for another med to work but from some where and some how we find the strength and the will to want to get better, the Dr had me drop from 20 to 15 for a week, then 10 of cit for a week and then 10 of cit and 25mgs of sertraline for a week, then just the sertraline, for me it worked, after 2 weeks of being on the new meds, although no where near normal, at least I was awake, upright and going into work each day for a few hours. I armed myself with everything to deal with any side effects, antihistamine for dizzy spells, imodioum for stomach issues, paracetamol for headaches and diazepam if things got really bad but apart from the paracetamol never needed any of the other stuff. worked on the logic that I could not feel any worse then I did, GP had already sent me to a and e for s syndrome and did a 2 week referral for kidney cancer, because he just could not figure out what the hell was wrong with me, thankfully it was neither of those 2 , just the meds. You are not alone and like me you will come through this, just have to figure out with your Dr where to go next

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      The doctor is also talking about switching me to zoloft (seratraline) I took it in the past years ago and it worked so hopefully will have luck this time too.

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    Oh I do appreciate the replies, it does help me feel a tiny bit better and I could really use that right now. Fingers crossed it will go ok for me too! 😃

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      also if you go onto the sertraline forum there is a lad called ryan who has gone through the same and his last post a day ago may give you a bit more encouragement

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