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I'm new here, I thought I'd add my fairly positive experience with Citalopram. I first got prescribed it at the end of last year after battling depression for a couple of years.
I started on 10mg then gradually got stepped up to the 40mg I take now. To start with, the side effects were quite strong. the first day I took it I got so dizzy I couldn't stand up, but that wore off after a day or two. I also suffered some sexual difficulties but those too wore off after a couple of weeks.
In terms of medical benefit, it has been a huge help. About 2 weeks after I stepped up to 20mg I started sleeping properly for the first time in about 18 months and that has continued. I also seem to have a lot more motivation and concentration.
It took a while to start feeling happier, but the feelings and thoughts of depression started to be a bit more blunted and distant. What it has really done is taken care of most of the physical symptoms I was experiencing and given me space to try the CBT exercises my therapist recommended which have made a huge difference to my life.
The only lingering side effect is occasional stomach troubles, but loperadimide (generic immodium) takes care of it. So in short, Citalopram has given me space to fix a lot of things in my life. The main reason for my depression was being unable to get a girlfriend, since Cit and CBT I've now been out on a few dates with someone for the first time ever. So if you've been prescribed it and are scared by tales of side effects, be brave, persevere and it might just help you out
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