need help.. on CITALOPRAM

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hi there im new to this... well i have never suffered depression before im usually a happy go lucky lass but i had a baby in oct last yr then 3 days later my younger brother died suddenly he was on 21... i was doin ok up till bout 8 weeks ago where i started feeling down , always in tear, my mood swings are terrible so yday i admitted defiet and went to gp... he prescribed me citalopram.. ive read all there forums talkin about all the side effects and just want to know if people think its worth takin and also have many found they helped? ive been prescribed 20mgs but for 1st week ive to take 10mgs...

any advice will be appreciated

thanx

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    Hi, Im sorry to hear you are having such a tough time and so sorry to hear about your brother. I was on citalopram for a few years for anxiety and panic attacks and they really did help me. To be honest I cant really remember having any bad side effects with them. I stopped taking them a couple of years ago when I became pregnant and weaned myself off them quite easily. Initially I tried stopping cold turkey which wasnt a good idea as I noticed some withdrawal symptoms then.

    I know taking anti d's is scary but it's really much better than living with depression. If you find you start to get side effects just pop back to your gp and they will prescribe a different dosage or even an entirely different medication.

    Good Luck x

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    Hello there,

    I am taking 20mg Citalopram for Anxiety and feel ok on them.

    First time I tried taking them I felt sick quite a bit so stopped after a week. This time I take my tablet late in the evening instead of in the morning as I did when it made me feel sick and I have had no problems.

    Started on 10mg (1/2 tablet) for first week then 20mg once a day.

    So sorry to hear about your sad loss.

    Good luck, update how you get on with tablets.

    A

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    Ps.. I have not had any side effects , possibly a couple of headaches but they went with a headache tablet and they may have been nothing to do with Citalopram..

    A

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    I have been taking Citalopram for about a year and am so glad I plucked up the courage to take them as they've helped me tremendously. I was prescribed them for anxiety but having read about them online I was dreading the side effects. I finally decided to take them because I wasn't enjoying life. I did suffer side effects such as nausea and slight wooziness and I didn't feel the beneficial effects for some weeks but I was determined to continue.

    My dose was gradually increased to 60mg a day and I am now coping much better with daily life. You suffered a dreadful loss at a time when you were especially vulnerable and the Citalopram may well help you cope but you may need to be quite patient when you start taking them because you may not feel the benefit for a few weeks.

    Try to adopt a positive attitude towards the medication rather than dreading the side effects as I did!

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    Hi there. Thanx for ur replys.. Well I started them yday so I'll see how I go.. Can't go on feelin the way I've been feeling..

    Thanx x

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    Well done for taking that step. You may feel tempted to stop if you suffer side effects but please try to live with them until that phase ends. Easier to persist with them than have to start all over again. Now you can look forward to better days ahead.
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    hi, sorry about your loss, i started taking citalopram in january this year, it did take about 6 week to eventually get into my system and i did get some side effects but i was determined to carry on, 4 month later and i am feeling alot better, i am now sleeping, back to smiling and returned to work last week. i do hope this works for you and you start to feel better soon. The first step is the hardest but you have jumped that one so carry on going biggrin))))) x
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    Hi again, I have now been on citalopram for about 5 weeks and I too am starting to feel better.

    I still, like everybody else, have bad days but as they say 'Thats life'..

    Stay with it, keep taking the tablets I hope you feel better soon.

    Best wishes

    A

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