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My experience of Citalopram, an SSRI
Citalopram intensifies the symptoms of clinical depression before it alleviates them. It made me feel suicidal. After taking it for a period of 7 weeks, reaching a dose of 30 mg daily, my insomnia was so severe that I did not sleep for a period of 36 hours and I was having panic attacks every few hours. I became anorexic and I also did not want to drink.
Citalopram affected me adversely in other ways.
All the time I was taking it I could not bear to be with other people, apart from my husband and healthcare professionals. I wanted my husband to be available to me all the time. When he was not at home my anxiety and panic became worse.
I found carrying out normal daily tasks very difficult. I did not want to get washed; I did not want to do any housework. All I wanted to do was to lie in bed all day. However, because I was so restless, lying in bed all the time was also difficult, so I would get up and pace about the room. For the 7 weeks I took citalopram, apart from the nights when I took 7.5 mg of Zopiclone, I never slept for longer than 2 hours at any one time. My total number of hours asleep in a 24 hour period was often only 3-4 hours. There were many times when I did not fall asleep until 6.00am or 7.00 am, remaining awake through the whole of the previous night.
Frequently, I could not bear to have the television on and asked my husband to wear headphones whilst he was watching it.
48 hours after ceasing to take citalopram my panic attacks had stopped and I was eating and drinking more normally. I could watch the television, without feeling stressed, for 1 – 1 ½ hours. I was sleeping about 6 or 7 hours at night with the aid of 75 mg amitriptyline. I did not feel restless and no longer dreaded being with other people apart from my husband. I no longer needed him to be with me all the time.
If a medical practitioner saw a patient with a fast heart rate would he give that patient a drug which would make his heart rate increase further? If not, then why are medical practitioners giving a drug to a clinically depressed patient that intensifies her clinical depression and, inevitably, increasing the risk of her committing suicide?
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