How long to feel the first dose of citalopram?

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How soon have people felt any side effects from their first dose of citalopram? (or escitalopram) 1 hour / 2 hours - later that day or not until they have had it for 2/3 days??

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    I felt so good the first few days then about day 4 or 5 started to get spacey, and more anxious.
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      Caroline, I am on 10 mg and I was prescribed it for anxiety and panic attacks. They've gotten worse for me since starting the med, I think part of it is me worrying about the side effects and really focusing in on the spaced out, light headed feeling it gives me. I get anxious and sweaty palms and feet. I have decided to take in the evening and my pharmacist suggested that I taper so I just took at noon and tomorrow I will take in the evening and see how I feel during the day. This is day 13, and I'm hoping to turn a corner soon. I take .25 xanax twice a day to get through and it helps some but makes me tired. Ugh. Just know you're not alone. I am also staying home from work this week. There is no way I could drive around (I'm in sales) and meet with people face to face. 
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    Hi Caroline here - just to add I have started on a very low dose and a planning to increase gradually.
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