Just started Citalopram and I’m feeling very strange.

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Over the last week and a half I’ve had the worst feelings of panic and anxiety I’ve ever experienced in my life. It was to the point where I was getting physical symptoms, like lightheadedness, muscle aches, and difficulty sleeping. 

I finally saw my doctor about it today and she ended up prescribing me Citalopram 20 mg. I just took my first dose an hour or two ago and I’m feeling worse than I was before. 

I’m still feeling everything I was feeling before, plus new symptoms as well. Not only am I still feeling anxious, I’m feeling more lightheaded and having a hard time focusing. It’s like my brain is in a fog. I can’t seem to sit still, but I can’t get up to move around much because my limbs feel tired and heavy and they keep trembling and shaking. To top it all off I’m feeling very drowsy, nauseous, and getting a slight pain in my chest, as well. 

I honestly feel like I might be dying. Some of the side effects I’m feeling are listed as “serious”. Should I go to the emergency? Or is this all normal? 

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    It's all normal...you should of started on ten then move to 20 milligrams..

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    • Posted

      Thanks for the reply. I thought I was going to start with 10 mg, but my doctor prescribed 20. I’m wondering if I should cut my doses in half, but part of me is worried about not following my doctor’s orders. 
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    Hi, hope you are feeling better by now. If not, go to emergency. You have nothing to lose by getting checked out. (Except time!) Likely nothing, but the peace of mind will help to calm your anxiety. I also had a horrible start up on Cit and made a few trips to emerg because my bp and heart rate were crazy and I just felt wretched overall.

    Message back if you want to chat.

    Shana

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      Thank you for replying. I am starting to feel a little better now. I must say that these side effects are making me afraid of taking more of this medication, though. 
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    Another option would be to split your dose. Take 10mg in morning and 20mg at night. The feeling of dread and panic will fade but may take a couple of weeks. It does get better I can assure you. I've been on cit for over 10 years and I am also a mental health nurse.

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      Thank you for the advice. My doctor told me that it would take a few weeks for it to start working, but she failed to mention that it would make me feel worse during that time period. 
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    • Posted

      Jumping in here....

      ?Steven, during the years you've been on Citalopram, have you had any blips or relapses? I ask because I've been on 40 mg of Cit for the past 5 years, was doing great, and then the anxiety came back (although, not as bad as it was 5 years ago, when I went on Cit in the first place). This time, I've had 2-3 weeks of bad anxiety, then 2 weeks where I was almost back to my old self, and now nearly a week of anxiety again. I'm now deciding when/if I want to switch to a different SSRI, and, honestly, a bit worked up that the Citalopram quit working for me:-).

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    Hello! I’m on citalopram 10mg, today is day 15 for me; I’ve never tried this medication before but it does take time to work. I’m counting down the days to feel better and I get the same nasty side effects as you’re experiencing. I went to A&E on my 3rd day of these meds because I felt really bad but it was just severe reaction and side effects. Trust me, even after this time it does get better but I still have horrendous days. I’ve got time off work to settle into these meds, are you working?xx

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    Believe me I had those same side effects they are horrible but I’m already in for 1 month and feel way better stick with it their will be better days
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