Help with Citalporam start up

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Hi there, 

I've read through the threads about citalopram start ups and have found them very helpful. 

I'm currently on day 6 and the morning anxiety and nausea are really getting to me. I could use a little support from anyone who has been through it, or is going through it now. 

Cheers, and thank you for taking the time to read this.

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    Hi, The nausea is something you'll get over from what I've gathered. I too haven't long since started on citalopram (been taking for 2-3 weeks but was massively underdosing because I was counting drops as opposed to measuring with a syringe). Since the dose is now correct I've definitely been feeling sick, waking with headaches, having very vivid dreams and feeling extremely lethargic (think the latter is caused by feeling depressed anyway) but the nausea isn't as severe anymore I don't think.

    From what's been understood the anxiety will be a whole lot worse for the first 2-3 weeks but should improve once the citalopram has taken its course so to speak.

    Hope this helps.


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      Hi Pamela,

      I think everyone is different and the reasons why we're put on Citalopram. I was put on 40mg combined with high strenght sleeping tablets and was not working so could spend more time "getting myself together" in the mornings as opposed to rushing out the door. I think an improvement in my diet and excercising helped. When I say excercising I mean walking the dog further and more often - not being a gym bunny!!

      If you can try to distract yourself when you begin to feel anxious by going for a stroll, calling a friend, even cleaning helped me. I felt like really just hibernating and sitting curled up and did for a while but then realised I was not doing myself any favours.

      I've been on citalopram for about 5 years and it does keep things ticking over for me. I don't have so many ups and downs. I'm on 20mg a day. The nausea does go - a bit like morning sickness if you've ever had that.

      I hope you get to feel better soon and your symptoms settle down. Take care of yourself. Alexa.xx

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      Thank you Alexa and r18758 for your replies, glad to have the support.

      Yes I remember what morning sickness was all about even though it was 15 years ago, that was never ending. 

      I guess as I am signed off work until early September, I will just take it very easy and sleep through as much as I can. 

      Your support means so much. Thank you again. 


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    it took me about two weeks to stop feeling sick  bus its worth hanging in there and taking them . Try taking them before bedtime if your taking then currently in the morning. It worked for me and was well into my system before I woke for the day.

    Paplpitations and stuffy head symptoms are common at first and it may also affect your sex drive BUT  all is worth it if you persist because eventually you will feel better in yourself and can gradually come off then like I did since Jan this year after 2 and a half years on them . Good luck smile

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    Hi I am on week 3 and my shakes feeling sick etc passed about day 11. Every one if different but fingers crossed in another week you will start to feel more human. Good luck x 
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