Just started on Citalopram and need encouragement as the side effects are awful

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Hi all, I have been on Citalopram now for 8 days. Side effects are not sleeping, restlessness, anxiety, loss of appetite yet feel like I have eaten a 3 course meal yet i am only managing a banana or piece of toast and my panic attacks have not lessened. Anyone else feel like this and will it get better. Any advice would be welcome thanks..  

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    my side effects were bad, was on 10mg for 6 weeks then 20mg for4 but had to come off them as the benefits were not greater than the side effects, same as yours. In saying that, most people have exact same issues when starting this and go on to clear up fine within 2-3 weeks.

    , what dose are you on?

    Personally, i would say, try slug it out for 4 weeks, if no improvement then go back to the doc

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    I would give it two weeks for that to normalize. I had a lot of the same symptoms when I went on the meds... totally not myself. I, am now, thankfully off of these meds. Be sure to only take them until you really feel your life has stabilized and then wean off of them. Some doctors just keep you on them for years and when you finally decide you want to stop taking them you suffer faaarrrr worse withdraw symptoms than you ever did going on the meds. Usually it is worse than the issues that prompted you to start the medication in the first place. Be careful. You feel like crap now because these drugs are very powerful. They affect every part of your body. And in some people the meds forever altered their chemistry... and they have been unable to come off of the meds because of it. 
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      Hi thanks for your reply. I will persevere for now as it seems like common side effects, I am sure they are very powerful drugs and only wish I didn't need them at all. I will take into account what you said about being on them a long time, I have no intention of taking them longer than I need to. Thanks for your advice. 
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    Hang in there, I have only been on it for four days, but the effects were minimal and only for a few days. The little magic pill as I call it, has changed my attitude, geven me a calm patient tone and has helped me attain a better relationship with those I couldn't even stomache before. look for the positives it brings and the bad stuff should minimize.
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      Thanks I will try to keep going, I was better last night, the mornings I tend to get panic attacks and irritability. It does help to hear other peoples comments on here because you don't feel like your on your own.
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