my first day,im scared.

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hi to all,my very first day on citalopram .allready i feel weird.i am a nurse of 27 years so i allways read the leaflet that comes with the medication. i am feeling not quite here,which isnt the same as dizzy! a lot of medication give the same side effects as the illness you are taking them for!like these can CAUSE depression,mood swings,dark thoughts etc,so how do you know if they are working,cos i am taking the tablets for those exact reasons!my mouth is dry and tastes metallic..was anyone else scared at the first day,plus my doctor has put me onto 20mgs straight away,whereas most people started on 10 and then moved up.i am trying not to anticipate problems,but i react to all my medications,and im hoping not to react to these ,trying to be positive,but that is part of my problem..ive become so pessimistic!!aaargh,.i dint expect this page,and its a bonus,we arent thankyou to everyone who writes on here,got a feeling im going to be a frequent visitor. i will say that as an ex nurse i saw the strength of people and what they could i go!!!

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    Hi Wildcat

    I started on 20mg and to be quite honest i took them for 7 months and couldn't tell you what were side effects and what was illness.

    In the end with docs permission i stopped taking them as i said i couldn't feel any worse he told me to do it over 6 weeks but after 5 days i had enough and just stopped. No withdrawel symptoms the only difference is i may be a little more depressed but the anxiety is the same and thats what i went on them for.

    I find this forum really helpful and am using it for support while i wait for CBT and a referal to a specialist for other health problems.

    So hope it works for you and there are plenty of people who will chat.

    Take care Lizzy

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    thanks lizzy,whew..this actually feels good that you sent a reply.its real hard to explain how you feel to a \"well\" person,so this site has helped allready,even though some people have got horror stories.feeling really whoozy and keep hitting the wrong keys.didnt think it would kick in so quickly. thanks for the thoughts,take care.wildcat.
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    Hello, the fears you are feeling are normal.

    I was put on cit 6 month ago after a stressful couple of years.

    My dad was diagnosed with cancer twice ( he's ok now) my eldest daughter started high school and my mother-in-law passed away.

    Anyway i was so busy looking after everybody else that i wore myself out.

    Feel soooo much better, can laugh and smile again can go to work and shopping which at first gave me full blown panic attack.

    Hang in there it will get better.

    michele smile

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    I have only been on the tabs a few weeks now but still not feeling any benefit from them, I hope they kick in soon. I have a problem which until I have had the tests done I have all sorts of things going through my mind which I can't shut off.

    I had a really bad attack yesterday to the point OH dialed 999 I thought I was dying, I couldn't breath, blood pressure went through the roof, I couldn't stand I was totally spaced out for about 5 hours. I was taken to A&E and it turns out it was just a full blown panic attack. Anyone any suggestions on how to I can cope with these, they are awful and I feel like that every morning as soon as I open my eyes, I just want to throw up. Its making me feel like I am going mad because I have no control on my feelings.


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