Hi, I’m new, just taken my first dose of citalopram

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Feeling terrified of all the horrible side effects I keep reading about.  Trying hard not to focus on it because I know I will end up freaking out and I only took the damn thing an hour ago.  Today I took the plunge and phoned my boss to spill my guts about anxiety and depression,  utterly mortified to ask for some time off to start meds and deal with my head but it had to be done.   Looking for a little support group and well ..... here I am.   Any words of encouragement greatly appreciated.  X

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    hello there hope u ok , the first 2 weeks will be hard depending on the person i m on day 32 today feel littel bit better but they say it takes up to 6 weeks for it to kick in,  we all here to help eachother,,  be stronge and u will be ok 
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    Hi Laura, I'm just over the 2 weeks mark taking it, I too was worried about the side effects and the more I read about the possibilities the more nervous I felt about taking them - but there's also a very positive side to taking them and whilst it may take a little time to get there and feel the positive effects, it will be worth it. I waited a few days after being prescribed because I was worried. The side effects affect people in different ways, I struggled with insomnia and headaches but for me they are lessening.

    You've taken the hardest step in just taking it, just keep going and remember the side effects - if any - will lessen. Don't worry about asking for the time off or feel mortified, there's nothing to be embarrassed about, we've all had to ask for time off or have difficult conversations, all that matters is you're thinking about you and there's nothing wrong with that at all

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      Thanks will.  I don’t know why telling work is such a big deal for me but you are absolutely right, I need to think about myself right now.  
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      Indeed, YOU are the most important thing in the world to you right now, remember that! People who do not need to take Citalopram or similar meds will never understand your needs and our needs here. Anxiety and Depression has to be experienced by someone first hand to be understood by the lucky ones in society who don't suffer from it.... 

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    Hi Laura

    Totally understand your worry about the side effects! I started taking Citalopram a few years ago and was so anxious I put it off for a long time! However I had none of the terrible side effects at all, I felt a bit tired and yawned a lot but other than that I was fine. You can get side effects with any drug, even antibiotics but it doesn’t mean you definitely will! 

    I focused on the potential benefits of the medication and not the side effects. The more I read about the potential side effects the worse I felt so made a decision not to read anything on the internet about the side effects or peoples experiences. For me it just left me worried and not reassured in the slightest. Everyone is different and won’t necessarily have any bad effects. 

    I think Citalopram is known generally to have fewer side effects than say Fluoxetine. But that’s from what I’ve experienced personally and from people I know who’ve been on Cit. 

    Good luck with it. Xx

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      That’s really reassuring to hear claire thank you.   I’m hoping if I start up slowly at 10mg for a while the effects won’t be too much to cope with.  X
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    Thanks for your replies.  I was on sertraline for 4 years and stopped them about 9 months ago.  Sertraline was ok, but I gained a fair bit so was reluctant to go back on them so my gp decided citalopram was the way to go.  I hope she is right, just want so badly to feel a bit of joy again as I’m sure you guys all do too.   I am trying not to think about having told work, I don’t know why we struggle so much to say we have mental health issues, it’s just so mortifying and you feel that colleagues will look at you differently and of course the thought of them gossiping about me is crippling but I will just need to deal with it.   I know getting better is my priority right now.   X 
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      Just be careful usually all the ssris make you crave carbohydrates..so if your concern with sertraline was weight issues..just remembered they make you crave carbohydrates..I just recently lost 18pounds from gaining 30 on my dear celexa..but I cut all the white carbs and feeling much better about my weight...
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      Just be careful usually all the ssris make you crave carbohydrates..so if your concern with sertraline was weight issues..just remembered they make you crave carbohydrates..I just recently lost 18pounds from gaining 30 on my dear celexa..but I cut all the white carbs and feeling much better about my weight...
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      Yes they defo make you crave the comfort foods especially the carbs.  I had lost a bit of the weight when I stopped sertraline so I really want to continue to lose and defo not gain with citalopram.  I will try to keep away from the bread aisle.  Thanks 🙂 x

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    So far I have a spacey feeling and a dry mouth and a mild headache.  Will see what tomorrow brings.  Hopefully it’s just similar to today, I can cope with this.  X
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    I feel quite jittery and trembly is that normal??  I found it hard to make dinner, like I didn’t know what to do    God I hope this feeling doesn’t last too long, I’m not a fan at all right now! 
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      Yep, totally expected to feel jittery and trembly, your anxiety might get worse initially, your mind might feel a bit foggy and confused and u most likely will feel very tired and weak for a while as a result. Hang in there though eh 😉

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