My experience with Citalopram so far.

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Hi,

I have been on a 10mg dose of Citalopram for about 7 seven/eight years due to me suffering anxiety where I found I could not go out to family meals, go on holiday or even eat properly. At the time I though life was not worth living.

When I started the first 2 weeks I found very hard to cope as my Anxiety appeared to get worse and I felt very low, but then things began to pick up and a about a month after taking the first dose I remember feel quite at ease with life.

Now seven/eight years on my Anxiety level started to increase mainly linked to a sudden appearance of heart pulputations. I saw my GP a week ago and my citalopram dose was increase 20mg 6 days on I my Anxiety level has gone through the roof to the point where I ended up in A&E after a severe panic attack. After a series of quick tests BP, ECG and blood the A&E doctor assure me that there was nothing wrong with psychically and that may be having a normal initial reaction to the dosage increase which is good to know.

I was wondering if any else has had this type of reaction to Citalopram?

K.

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    Yes last month my citalopram was upped from 10mg to 20 mg and my anxiety was horrendous it lasted about 2 weeks I felt like I was going crazy...you should read my post 'feel like I'm going crazy' has loads of advice on their. Take care x

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      Hi.

      I have read your post, there are a lot of replies. How are you coping now? I thinking of going back to my GP to talk these side affects through, though I am expecting to be told stick with it.

      K

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    I started on 20mg nearly 2 weeks ago but the side affects were bad so my doc told me to go down to 10mg last week. I must admit I was concerned that this dose was to low and wouldn't help, so im pleased to know it worked for you for so long.

    I do feel like my worrying had gone through the roof since starting them.

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      Thanks Tar4,

      I know how you feel. The side affects of the drug feel worse the when I started having anxiety attacks. Having gone through this seven years ago I am strugging to cope. I am trying to follow the A&E drs advice and hang on to the effects subside, it worked for me the first time, but it's not easy.

      K.

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    The maximum I have been on this drug Is 12 months and always 20mg dose. Been on it again for about 1 month now and although mornings are still bad, afternoons and evenings are fine. I have not had the same experience as you. Is there something else which could be causing the anxiety?
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      Hi,

      I do have an underlying problem with anxiety which started many years ago & that is how I ended up on Citalopram but just the 10mg. Then a few weeks ago something kicked off the anxiety again and last week the doctor raised the dose 20mg and things are now a lot worse.

      K

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    Hi

    I've been getting problems after being pretty much trouble free for 5 years. I'm hoping it may pass as I really don't want to increase my dose. 

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