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I just wanted to share my experience of Citalopram and also Escitalopram up-to-date.
I have been on Escitalopram for anxiety and depression for approximately 8 months up until last week. After seeing my GP I was switched to Citalopram after reporting that I still didn't feel any happier even though the Escitalopram had stopped my constant anxiety and panic :ok:
So far, I've taken 9 of the Citalopram and at the moment I'm sleeping O.K. but feel exhausted when I wake up which lasts a good few hours. I've been having some pretty wild dreams too, but was already having these on the other pills so I'm not worried about that.
After reading about other people's side-effects from taking Citalopram, I realise that mine are nothing to be concerned about and are a nuisance at most. The only thing that does bother me is my loss of libido (which was low anyway prior to taking any pills due to panic etc), and the 'flat' feelings I have about things - unable to decide things, forgetfulness and a general feeling of 'can't be bothered'. I think this sort of thing is a common factor with everyone here, but I have to say - I think it's a small price to pay for being free from panic and anxiety. We probably all know too well that it's a sort of living hell when you can't hide from your own thoughts !
I just want to say to everyone reading this who may be about to embark on a course of Citalopram - please try it, don't be put off by what you may read here. The side-effects can be minor and nothing to be afraid of at all. If you can handle the panic/anxiety/depression and still get up in the morning or be bothered to log-on and read this, then you can handle anything these pills throw at you. PLEASE stick with them and don't expect miracles in days, it will take a while to build up in your system and your anxiety may increase for a day or two, but it's NOTHING if it makes you feel like I do now. I have my life back, it's truly a godsend. You will get better, you will break free of these awful thoughts/feelings you have now, you just need to remain positive and concentrate on the future if you can. You're bound to have bad days sometimes - everyone does, but don't give up. Everything worth doing takes a bit of effort !
I wish everyone the best of luck with their recovery, big hug to you all. Keep your heads up and remember what strong people we really are.
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