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I've been on citalopram for over 2 weeks now, and I haven't felt different at all. My mood hasn't changed one bit, my thoughts are still exactly the same, and I haven't even suffered any side effects...Which makes me think they're not working at all. I'm only on 10mg, and the leaflet in the pack says the normal starting dose is 20mg. Could this be why - could I be on too weak a dose?

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    hi. well i toohave been on them now for nearly 2 weeks, and apart from a dull headache...dont feel any different either.

    started on 10mg..then after 5 days upped to 20mg. but still nothing specific....maybe we have to leave it a while longer??

    thanks alyx

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    I had been taking 20mg for a month, and honestly feel absolutely no difference in my mood. I have been experiencing insomnia and a strange tingling sensation on the skin of my upper body (a known side-effect, according to the warning label).

    I know it affects people in different ways, but I feel you are probably right in your assumption, and more than 10mg is required. It would be worth discussing this with your GP/psychiatrist, to see if they think an increased dosage would help.

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    Hey, thanks for your replies, it's nice to know that people are out there who actually know about this stuff :-) I went to my GP today, my dose has been doubled, so I'll see how I go with that.

    When do people start feeling a difference with this medication, then?

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    ditto to that last question frogerella!!!

    (glad the doc uped the medication for you!)

    aly x

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    [quote:0a2ec5367a=\"Froggerella\"]Hey, thanks for your replies, it's nice to know that people are out there who actually know about this stuff :-) I went to my GP today, my dose has been doubled, so I'll see how I go with that.

    When do people start feeling a difference with this medication, then?[/quote:0a2ec5367a]Well, personally, I felt no difference after taking it for a month, and have felt no difference since coming off it on Friday last week. I'm not entirely sure what it's suppose to actually feel like when they start working - I can't imagine how they are meant to help.

    Don't let my experience put you off though. I suspect that my depression isn't something that can be cured with medication alone. I really hope it works out for you, and you start feeling the benefit soon - let me know how it goes, I'm keen to hear what it feels like when this medication works.

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    Hey guys, its worked for me .well a gues...just a little,,,dont forgodsake, give up, whether its drugs, yoga, self defence classes.......hopefully we will all get there. This drug is not the right one for everyone, but at least you are not soo bad, that you are being brave and doing something about it. Goood luck, to you all!!!!!!!
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    [quote:c7f45545b4=\"Tiny Tears\"]Hey guys, its worked for me .well a gues...just a little,,,dont forgodsake, give up, whether its drugs, yoga, self defence classes.......hopefully we will all get there. This drug is not the right one for everyone, but at least you are not soo bad, that you are being brave and doing something about it. Goood luck, to you all!!!!!!![/quote:c7f45545b4]Can you feel them working, honestly? After a month of taking them I barely noticed them do anything - they appeared to make my insomnia worse, though I can't really blame them as I already had problems sleeping.
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    Hi Asthenia

    Citalopram, initially, intensifies the sleeplessness and anxiety of some patients who take this drug. I experienced severe insomnia and intense anxiety/panic attacks which lasted for the 7 weeks that I took citalopram. I was eventually advised to stop taking citalopram because if its side effects.

    I was then prescribed amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant. This also has side effects. It increases the heart rate, causes a dry mouth, constipation and drowsiness. However, whilst taking amitriptyline I no longer experienced insomnia and intense anxiety/panic attacks.

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    Hi Asthenia, I dont know about this drug anymore...I dont really seem to be able to get myself out the gutter!! Though I think I am better than what I was several months ago, and yes...insomnia is a nightmare for me to...and as for that initial bit...I dont know but I can hardly walk anymore. I keep falling over. Another thing though I have good day and bad days now, but at least I can get out my bed now. Though I find it extremely hard to relax.
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    I took citalopram for 3 nights and came very close to taking an overdose yesterday, I felt as though I had been injected with something, anxiety and wave after wave of panic.

    Been back to the doctors this morning and he has prescribed amitryptilin for me to take at night as they make you sleep.

    Hope this works for me, if X is reading this who was also prescribed it, would be interested to know how things are going for them.

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    I started feeling really odd, and I freaked out and stopped taking the meds... I haven't taken one in a few days now, and over the last couple of days I've started feeling worse emotionally, been thinking bad thoughts, i'm scared but I can't afford another prescription (and I'm due another one NOW, run out). Ugh. I feel horrible. And I'm stressing about everything.
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    Well, I've been off citalopram for just over two weeks now, and feel no different for it. Obviously the dose I was given wasn't enough. My pyschiatrist suggested I go up to 30mg, and insisted that I see my GP to get this prescription. His only apparent concern was to make sure I wasn't going to try and kill myself again, so once I confirmed that this wasn't the plan he simply said \"increase it to 30mg, see you in 6 weeks\". The NHS clearly only cares about getting you out of their hands as efficiently as possible, and see those who attempt suicide as a waste of resources. It's fine for me, because I don't have people who rely on me, but it sickens me to think that people with children and spouses receive the same treatment.

    My grievance aside, I'm saddened to hear that the medication has caused such a rapid deteriation in your mood, Froggerella, dANIELLE and Tiny Tears sad I can only hope your medical professionals are more \"professional\" than mine. I apologize for the extremely delayed response - I have been moving back in with my parents and everything was up in the air for a week or so.

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