help with symptoms of Citalopram?

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I have been on 10mg of Citalopram for a little over 4 weeks. I am getting warm to hot rushes through my body. I went to er and had blood work and ekgs. Everything is checking ok, although my bp went very high, 171/108 it took a long time to drop. Since then I am still getting warm rushes and chest tightening as well as feeling like I have a belt that tightens around my ribs directly under my breasts.

I am using all the brain tricks I know to fight from going into a full anxiety attack. Just need to know if these are things that are the storm before the calm that should come with Citalopram.

I had already started feeling a bit better before this started.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Diane sorry your still feeling bad

    As I said in your last post I get these symptoms and like all anxiety symptoms I just try and distract myself.

    The more you dwell on it the worse it is.

    Sorry can't be more help

    Lil

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      So you get the belt tightening too?

      I am doing my best to distract and it does work, but only very temporary. It is exhausting. I guess I was hoping that these were the awful symptoms of Citalopram and that they would decrease over time.

      I do have 5mg Ativan pills that I am trying my best to stay away from unless I absolutely need them.

      Thanks Again Lil - hope you are well

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      Read watch TV do crossword puzzles exercise go for a run spend time with family.

      I know it's hard I couldn't leave the house for about 3 months until the meds kicked in but now I'm ready to go back to work.

      I still have attacks but with tips from CBT and determination I'm not letting it rule my life

      Take Care

      Lil

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      Thanks, I have my set things to do.

      Glad to hear you are able to go back to work. I am working now and it is tough. I guess I need to give the meds more time and my self-soothing and distractions even more effort. I have my first therapy session on Monday.

      Sincere thanks x

      Diane

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      It is strange how it just started in me since I am 58 years old. Just the first anxiety attack last month and now 2nd attack this month. My Dr says this was triggered by my heart procedure.

      This is all new to me. I see so many others suffer so much longer.

      Be well,

      DIane

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      So sorry you have suffered with depression. It is strange how it has popped up in both of us. Especially with you not having any trigger.

      I think the thing that bothers me the most is,my blood pressure going so high, I quit taking it lol

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      I can understand that

      I've had all the test done as I thought I was having a heart attack at the beginning of my anxiety and that was scary enough

      Don't know if I would take anti D's if it wasn't for my depression

      Lil

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      My heart is still healing and they don't like my blood pressure getting so high. They gave me Ativan because i told them i was getting shaky and tighteness, later after the first attack and added the Citalopram.

      Now trying to practice all the right things to do.

      Diane

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      Hi Diane,

      I too have been suffering with anxiety. What makes you like it started because of your heart procedure?. May I ask what procedure you had done. As I am having one done on Wednesday

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      I had a Stent put in a 90% blockage. And it triggered it but I had lots of things that led up to the anxiety. I lost 5 relatives in 5 years, my mom and brother were two.

      Please don't think it was the heart procedure that started it alone, many other things are taking place in my life.

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      I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. I too have lost my dad,mom, and 2 sisters. My procedure is a cardiac ablation next week. Fingers crossed......
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