how does Citalopram Change Things

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hi,my name is ian i am 42 and feeling very down,since xmas i have became very depressed,so last week i went to the docs i never ever go to him ias i feel that i am a strong person and deal with things as they come along but i felt that i could not deal with this any longer.

he set me up on citalopram 7 days ago,i fill worse now then when i started.

could someone tell me how the tablets change you in what way,do you just get up in the mornings and everthing seems right,this is all new to me and i really dont know how it works...I hope someone can put me in the picture......PLEASE!!

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    Dont worry, the first few weeks of taking citilopram are very strange. I started about 8 weekls ago on 20mg, had a fortnight of bad belly, poor sleep, really wierd thoughts and generally not feeling well. My libido also went haywire.

    I kept with it (as i have had cipramil in the past) and things are ok. My dosage has been doubled to 40mg, and the only annoying thing now is muscle cramps. Generally I am better and I have my sparkle back.

    You will be ok.

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    hi jemmima

    Thanks for the quick reply,i know i have to stick with it but is there some sorts of words that describe you now as to what you were like before i cant seem to get my head around all of this at the mo..

    Thanks again


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    Hello again,

    Things were very black, and i had been on the downwards slope for about 9 months before going to see the Doctor> I was fixated with my own death, my husbands death, being left alone, hypothetical arguments in my head and lots and lots of anger and bitterness with the world. I had no sex drive, pileing on the weight, drinking for england, sleeping 12hours a day and still feeling tired and stockpiling food, and geberally playing havoc with my credit card.

    At first I was on 20mg, and was ok. It stopped the spiraling thoughts, and I was doing ok - Nothing fabulous, but i was coping. I could also admit to those nearest and dearest that i was suffering again. The side effects were really nothing after the first two weeks. The 'noise' in my head had stopped and that was such a relief that a bit of bad belly, and the 3am blues were an easy price to pay to feel that I wasn't totally loosing it.

    I then had some real emotional kicks in the teeth in early January which sent me back down the dark slope.

    I went back into the Doctors in a real mess, and he doubled my dose to 40mg. i have now been on it a week, and i am almost my old self again. i have energy, I feel motivated and have regained my confidence.

    My belly still moans a bit, I get cramps easily, but I really dont care. I am SOOOOO relieved that i can get on with my life. I still have dark days, but i have control back.

    Honestly, stick with it for a month and see how you feel. It works for me, and i would recommend citilopram to anyone who suffers.

    Good luck



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