Just been prescribed 10mg citalopram.. what should i expect?

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Perscribed to help with depression and anxiety 

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    Stay with it....its a good choice of drug if you get minimal side effects.   It will take a few weeks to really kick in but it helped me out of a very dark whole once.....and I've been on and off it.   Make sure you read the leaflet that comes with it.  You may need an increase in dose .....these drugs are titrated until they hit the mark or if not you may need a change of meds....but for the moment stay with the citalopram.......I hope your journey to recovery is a swift one smile
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    Best npt to take any pills, better to walk, eat fruit, be active and find inner strength. I never take pills but walking and writing stories helps me depression. I don`t believe in animal experiments and I believe that most drugs give side effects which makes things worse. Only nature and natural remedies can truly help.
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      Hi

      Just to point out to you there are those who believe in more natural remedies...and to be fair many people find relief with this side of self treatment.....there is alot to be said for it, for example the use of St Johns Wort......works a treat for some.  There are also many different ways of dealing with immediate release, Spa's, massage etc......all of these remedies have something to offer the right people.....i.e. they are remedies that fit the problem and have some efficacy....and I have also uded these to varying degrees myself with some effect.  

      BUT if your level of anxiety and low mood is so extreme firstly how are you going to organise these therapies?? and secondly you probably won't succeed getting past the first day without a more chemical reversal of the problem.  

      Psychiatric meds generally are not long term treatments....they are not a sign that you have 'no hope' and many people see negatives with the use of meds.......I don't agree ad if it wasn't for meds I wouldn't be alive to tell my story today.

      It all depends on where you are at and how severe your situation is......never say never !!

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    Assume you have discussed your health with your doctor and he/she believes that Citalopram will help. The normal theraputic range for Citalopram (the dosage at which doctors expect it to be effective) is between 20-60mg daily. 

    I imagine, therefore, that your doc has started you on a lower dose to allow your body to get used to the drug and in doing so, hopefully avoid or at least minimise any side effects of the drug. Your doc should have arranged a follow up appt to discuss your progress and, if you are tolerating the drug well, increase your dose, reviewing it with you regularly until you feel benefit from it.

    These drugs take time to build up in your system and work so don't be unduly concerned if you don't start to feel any benefit for 4-6 weeks.

    They can have side effects but it's important to remember that not everyone will experience them. When I started Citalopram it was on 10mg, moving up to 60. The major problem for me was sleeplessness but if you experience any effects that worry you then speak to your doctor. There are plenty other AD's available if necessary as Everyone reacts differently to these drugs.

    Good luck.   

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    Sorry, I would just add that if you are taking Citalopram then DON'T start taking a natural remedy like St Johns Wort at the same time as it can lead to a potentially dangerous drug interaction called Serotonin Syndrome.
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      I should have said this with my openess to different approaches......but the guy has said the important thing......don't self medicate if your on prescribed meds.......that includes what we call 'herbal remedies'.....please exclude them if your medicating....tasmile
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