Is it ok to take 15mg citalopram?

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I started taking 10mg for anxiety and have been on it for months now and loved it, but alot of life changes have happened and not for the good, have not had any anxiety attacks but I took a depression survey and answered yes to almost everything. I am sensitive to meds and was wondering if I am ok to move from 10mg to 15mg even though it is not an actual dose like 10, 20, 40?

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    Honestly I would suggest you speak about it with your doctor before making any decisions.  He/she are much better placed to advise you - wish you feeling better very soon x
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    I'd be interested to know this too. I'm on week 12 of 10mg and although I've had some respite from my symptoms I still get pretty rough days including panic rushes bordering on attacks. I too am very med sensitive and had terrible side effects starting Citalopram. I don't want to go up in dosage if I can help it as I would like to be off medication in the future and believe the higher the dose the harder this might be for me. I have wondered if 15mg would level me out better but as there is no 5mg tablets I presume it means cutting tablets is half. I hope some folk can shed some light on this. Stephen

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    Hello JFreckles,

    First, I am glad you have been doing so well on the 10 mg, but sorry you are going through something now.  I do think you should give your doctor a call before making any changes in your medication, but I do believe it would be fine to go up on the dosage.  You can go up as slowly as you are comfortable with, there is no need to make big jumps.  As a matter of fact, most of us have been told to go slow going up, and down, this way our body does not go into such shock.  But definitely give your doctor a call first, and see what they have to say.  

    I wish you good luck!  You will be fine!!  Bless You!!  {{{{HUGS}}}}   

     

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    Hi, I tried to reply earlier but my phone is shut off so sorry if this appears twice. I agree with everyone who says to consult your doctor first but also, are you doing any cognitive behavioral therapy? I'm about to start next week and from everything that I've read people get really great results when combining their antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication with the CBT. Maybe that can help you along this rough patch. I plan on doing it for the rest of my life honestly.

    In my opinion, medications ( thank God for them! ) should go hand-in-hand with CBT, exercise, good sleeping habits, A healthy diet (be sure you get enough omega-3 ), probiotics (90% of your serotonin is in your gut ), and even meditation if you can do that. I personally can't meditate or do yoga because I'm so high strung but I'm definitely making all these other changes to get the full benefit of my medications. My sister also swears by acupuncture.

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      Oh! And don't forget about vitamin D! Mine was low and I started taking supplements but nothing makes me feel better than taking a walk and getting some sun on my skin.

      When I first started this journey, I was having panic attacks so bad I could barely get out of bed. I'm still on Xanax waiting for the Citalopram to fully kick in.

      I would've never been able to make all these lifestyle changes on my own. The medications have helped me function. Before them I couldn't even make it to a doctors appointment, much less eat or exercise or any of the above.

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