Is anxiety a side effect of Citalopram?

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started Citalopram on Tuesday, side effects have so far been nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia but the worst one is anxiety. I cannot stop thinking and worrying about what my ex is doing. It's driving me insane. I can't function today at all. The thought of imagining her with someone else is killing me inside. It's horrendous. 

Is is this a side effect that anyone has had?! Or is it just part of the healing process?


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    Hi Joe! I also take citalopram for my anxiety! I was on it for about 10 years and decided to take myself off of it by quitting cold turkey (I don't recommend!) The side effects were awful but I decided to go back on it after realizing I do need it! I take 20mg now and in my experience I have never been more anxious when starting it. I'm sure I had other side effects like you were saying but I feel like being on the pill once the side effects disappear is beneficial! I can always tell I am more on edge when I don't take them. But asking your doctor is good advice too smile

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    Hi, please don't worry, all what you are experiencing is normal when starting on an anti depressant and unfortunately it can heighten your anxiety in the beginning and also feel worse but it will pass! I didn't think I would get through the early stages as now I'm benefitting from it! Stick it out as it will pass!!!

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      I started on 10mg citalopram and then 20mg and with both doses the side effects lasted a few weeks!

      Unfortunately I didn't settle on citalopram (doesn't mean you won't tho) but I'm now on escitalopram which I seem better on but like I say give it at least four weeks before you feel better (sometimes before) and go from there!

      I know quite a few people on citalopram and it suited them, I'm just sensitive to meds.

      Hope you start to feel better soon x

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    I had to get off of this med because it was making me much more anxious on a daily basis.. Panic attacks slowed, but my daily anxiety heightened so much that I couldn't take it anymore. I'm on buspar now (it's solely for anxiety, will not help depression) but it seems to work ok.. I wouldn't say great anymore like I would've a week or two ago, but oh well.

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