Instant headache?

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I know one of the side effects of citalopram is headaches but I feel it almost instantly (well about 10-20 mins) after taking it, can that even happen surely it takes a while to actually dissolve and get into my system first.. been on 10mg for 6 weeks but was upped to 20mg about 5 days ago which is when these headaches worsened. If it is the meds causing it how long usually will the side effects of this dosage wear off? And the shakiness inside when I'm trying to relax?

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    I had headaches when I was upped to 20 and they were on and off for about 5 days. I don't know how long they take to absorb it may just be a coincidence or that they occur at the time of day you take them. But they are normal either way so I wouldn't worry too much. Hopefully they go soon.

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    Most of the side effects have gone now but left with daily headaches. Over my forehead temples back of head. Gets worse as the day goes on. Thinking it is tension but don't want to increase to 30 mg . Tried massage but to tender and going for acupuncture tomorrow. Hope it's not a side effect that will carry on as this bed has helped my panic stacks??? Does your headache lady all day?? Do u sleep well also!! Hope things settle down for u x

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      My headaches are worse as the day goes on like yours, they are worse on some days than others but there doesn't seem to be a pattern, they do feel like tension headaches and maybe the meds eventually will get rid of that part so they may not be as bad, how long have you been on citalopram for? X

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      Hi Chelsey

      I have been on the meds for about 8 weeks now. Hoping they will sort this 

      headache, sure my docotor will up dose to try and help but dont want that unless really necessary. Like you somedays better than others but always there, so fustrating!! Trying accuputure today, as massage made my head and neck really tender.Was excercising like made as helped the anxiety but stopped for a while to see if the muscles relax a bit and it will help. Thing is I over think things on these meds and that makes the headache worse! How long have you been taking this and is it your first time? x


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