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Hi everyone (long post)
5 years ago, I started having terrible anxiety and horrible panic attacks - went to see my doctor and was prescribed 20mg Citalopram to help. I'm happy to report that Citalopram worked 11/10 for me and I was able to feel well and happy again. My only regret is not getting into therapy to address underlying issues.
However, about one month ago, I experienced what felt like my first panic attack after YEARS of not experiencing one. Throughout the past month, my anxiety came back and I quickly realized I would need to do something again for it.
Last week Wednesday, went to see my GP again, and she prescribed me to up my dose from 20mg to 30mg and also set me up to finally get in some counseling. I was worried about increasing because I assumed I would most likely experience side effects, but also knew how effect this drug was for me.
Well - I'm on day 5 now and I can say that the side effects have been pretty horrible. I must have completely forgotten or blocked that part out 5 years ago. I'd say the worst side effect has to be the increased anxiety - I'm already highly anxious/panic-y and then the increase is making it worse, lol. It seems that after dinner/at night is when I'm at my most positive and calm.
I'm guessing that the increase of 20mg to 30mg and the resulting side effects are normal? By the end of this week, should some of the side effects be starting to lessen?
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