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I started on citalopram about 8 weeks ago mainly for anxiety and mild depression. My Dr really didn't seem to know what she was doing and had no experience of the drug so read online and then put me straight on 20mg. Prior to this I wasn't on anything.
I had the most horrendous side effects. Nausea and extreme lethargy and tiredness being the worst. I had to take some afternoons off work just so I could sleep. After reading online myself I started taking just half a tablet (so 10mg) and eventually the side effects started to.lift a little and I started feeling better. After 4 weeks I tried increasing the dose but the lethargy was awful. Worst than the depression. So I dropped back to 10mg. I really liked how calm I felt on it but still had a sedating effect after 6 weeks. Didn't really notice any mood lifting properties.
Fast forward to my review at 6 weeks and the Dr said that 10mg was too low (she was again reading to me from a book) and if I didn't want to increase to 20mg I should try a different medication. So put me on Fluoxetine 20mg. My anxiety and irritability on this drug is off the charts. 2 weeks in and I miss the calming effect Citalopram was having.
So my question is this. Is the Dr right that 10mg of citalopram was too low. If I was feeling better on it would that have tapered off as I was on such a low dose? Should I have stuck with 20mg? Really not sure but so far preferred citalopram to fluoxetine.
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