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emma800627 emma800627

increase of citalopram from 20mg to 40 mg!

I started talking citalapram about 8 weeks ago after suffering with sudden anxiety which started to make me feel depressed. I was such a wreck at the time that I took myself to the docs for help and they suggested a 20mg dosage. I had horrible side effects to start with nausea, dizzyness, lost a stone in weight. Eventually I felt like I was improving but after starting counselling the more I opened up the worse I felt. At week 8 I had a complete meltdown with my husband and dad and declared exactly how I felt! Sad, lonely and like I wanted to give up! So off I went back to the docs to say that I felt like I was back at square one but at least everybody knows how I really feel!!!My doc has increased my dosage to 40mg but OMG I did not expect to feel how I do! I cried almost continuously for 5 days. The nausea is much worse than before and I have started losing weight again.I am just after any words of advice or reassurance that this will get better? I cant cope with anything feeling so ill and I actually think that's why I feel much worse at the moment.Also does anubody know how long the effects of the increase will take to actually work?Thanks x

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  • wendy21037 wendy21037

    Hi Emma

    I am on week 5 .started on 10 mg then 20 mg after a week then 40 mg after 4 weeks . I have gone back to 30 mg by choice. I still have terrible anxiety and my stomach in knot all the time . I don't cry as much now and slowly starting to feel wee bit better but still not got all my old spark back. Everyone says it can be up to 8 weeks to kick in . I know how you feel

    Keep in touch so we can help one another

  • wendy21037 wendy21037

    Hi Emma again

    Yes I had the nausea and some times do but the doctor gave me tablets to combat that and it helps. I still want to crawl up in a hole at times but think making slow progress so hang in there love as everyone on site has told me it will get better


  • anne2953 anne2953

    Hi Girls, there are a lot of people like you, myself been one, check out another forum on here for "Anyone NOT had any side effects on Citalopram" you will see how many folk are experiencing the exact same as you, so u are not alone, but it will get better and it does take time and unfortunately awful side effects before feeling better, but u have already went thru hell so another few weeks should get you there.

    Take care and keep in touch it really helps when you know ur not alone in this.

    Take care,


  • wendy21037 wendy21037

    Hello Anne

    Have looked at that site, yes positive feedback. Yes need to give it another couple weeks I think, at least today dont feel like walking into the sea like I did few weeks ago , took major surgery , house shift to another part of country and no one to talk to as not got job yet due to knee replacement to trigger this off . But I have been so down deep and dark I could not see light and wanted to die .

  • anne2953 anne2953


    There is light at the end of the tunnel, u have been thru so much, but the only way is up now, you will get there and you are not alone, think positive be strong, join a medical gym via your doctor to strengthen your knee and get to know folk thru this, its usually free.

    Remember your more than this and try to relax to help stay calm and do deep belly breathing, it really helps, breathing out for longer than breathing in.

    Take care and keep in touch,


  • anne2953 anne2953

    No problem Wendy,

    You know there are so many folk that suffer like you, and so many that don't understand it, I didn't until I started suffer it myself, so don't hesitate to come on here for support and also on the discussion 'Anyone NOT had any side effects on Citalopram? = there are lots of lovely folk on that forum and we are all in the same boat as you, and at different stages of taking Cit. so check it out too. They are all so supportive.

    Take care and stay strong,


    • dianna11457 dianna11457 anne2953

      I have not had any side effects from taking 20 mg of Citalopram. I have so much more energy I'm happy I feel love again and tell my family that I love them and I hug them which I had not done for so long for me this is a miracle drug and I am so blessed. I feel really bad for those who have the side effects and I hope that things get better for you.

  • emma800627 emma800627

    Its sad to hear that so many of us are going through this at the moment. I have woken up feeling a bit better today and the sick feeling hasn't arrived yet! Maybe it won't?

    I lay in bed this morning thinking about how I felt this time last week and I feel quite relieved that I had my meltdown and made my feelings of this horrible experience known.

    I am starting to realise that I won't feel better overnight and that I need to take it a day at a time. Hopefully I am due a few good days.

    Keep in touch everyone x

    • loz2505 loz2505 emma800627

      Hi Emma

      Please tell me it passed, I know your post was a while ago but I am struggling , increased panic attacks almost daily. After several years ticking along on 20mg. Increase to 30mg 4 wk's ago, tiredness & dizziness fed my anxiety , didn't realise they were side effects, now day 6 of 40mg. Frightened of the panic that's telling me I won't get better and it's going to wear me out. Please tell me this will pass I'm terrified and want to be ME me again for my family. Xxx

    • dianna11457 dianna11457 loz2505

      You may need to lower your dosage back to 20 mg or try another anti-depressant. I take clonazepam 1 mg daily with the citalopram 30 minutes before going to work or I will have a panic attack. My job is extremely stressful as I work in a call center environment.

      A friend of mine her husband was taking citalopram and after many years he had to take a different antidepressant

    • josh1994 josh1994 loz2505

      loz that sounds so awfull, life is full of ups and downs, some times more downs, but you will get there I promise! You just have to stay strong and keep fighting 👌🏻 You can do it!!! 

    • jan69708 jan69708 loz2505

      How are you feeling now? I’m going through exactly the same thing, I’ve been on 20mg of citalopram for 3 years with no problems then all of a sudden after having a contraception injection all my depression and anxiety comes back. I’m not on day 2 of 40mg and 40mg of propanalol now to control the anxiety. I need to know il get better and be back to my normal self again soon. Can’t handle these feelings anymore 


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