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Hi, firstly after reading some of the stories on here I am feeling slightly relieved.
About 3 months or so ago now I started on 10mg of citalopram for anxiety. I upped the dose to 20mg for roughly a week and then went back to 10mg as I felt this was adequate.
For a month I felt quite good/great actually but then into my 6th week of the medication I started feeling tingly sensations all over my body. My hands and legs felt very heavy and achy. I was having bad insomnia and when I did finally fall asleep I woke suddenly to the sensation that I was falling. Very unnerving. I felt asthough I was detached from my body and when I drove I felt very very dizzy as of most of the time. The first episode of feeling like this was whilst I was at work and had to go home. The second was on the way to my parents a week later and then a week after that I was in hospital with yellow/ grey skin, terrible light headed ness, dizzy, chest pain and basically felt although my body was shutting down. I was terrified. Plus had lost 4 kg in a month. I have never felt so unwell and scared in my life. A whole heap of blood tests were done for the second time which all came back "normal" again. I had a chest X-ray and an abdomen ultrasound and again all completely normal. An ECG was done and yes- you got it " normal". I was happy but very frustrated as well because it was clear that I was a very unwell person. I asked the ed dr if it could be the medication as this was the only new thing I had introduced over the last month or two. All 3 drs I saw said highly unlikely as the dose was only 10mg. I am not a big person- not sure if that makes a difference to the dose being only 10mg.
Anyway, after a few more days of feeling like this I decided to halve the dose to 5mg with support of my dr as it was all just too coincidental.
I went from 10mg to 5mg and stopped taking all together after a week of 5mg and then two doses of 5mg every other day for 4 days.
Since coming off I have defiantly felt better but I am still not great. Is this a side effect?? It's only been 12 days and my dr did say allow 4-6weeks to feel yourself again. I am so frustrated and the last 7 weeks have been some of the toughest 7 weeks. I want to enjoy my family but Every other day I am feeling very tired. I have a dull fuzzy headache, diarrhea, feel light headed and tingles down my body again although the severity has decreased significantly. Is this normal and will it past? I am at the stage where I can see no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm so frustrated and upset but trying to stay positive. Has anyone else had a similar situation and can help!! Drs seem to think there is no side effects? Thanks in advance will keep smiling
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