panic attack 1st day of taking citalopram 10mg

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Hi to cut a very long story short i started taking my tablets yesterday for very bad anexsity. Im a 21 year old female but only just 5 foot tall and my weight is very underweight (5 stone 8) i see a dietician regular for this cause the weight was just droppin off me when i started suffering with this back in 2013 and i have only just had the curage to admit how i feel and get help for the anexsity.

Doctor said the tablets may work sooner on me with my frame but didnt say how soon. I dnt know if its all in my head thinking they have worked already when am only on day 2. But yesterday i felt great happiest iv ever been my son poured a yoghurt all over my livin room carpet normally i would go mad and hit the roof with the way i was feeling but i was very calm and just said never mind il clean it up. Even my patner looked at me gone out. I read up on the side effects people was havin before i took the medication and it put me off abit but there was no way past it my patner basicly stood there till i took it sayin u need to get better for our sons sake and our relationships sake as iv been suffering to long. Last night i was laied in bed and all of a sudden i got really hot on my neck and back and it was tingling asif something wet was trickling down my back. This lasted 10 minutes then i had a panick attack! That also lasted 10 minutes. I dnt know if it was all in my head because id read the side effects people was gettin ie insomnia and nausea so every side effect other people have had i now think am gunnah get. I took my second tablet this morning felt really tiered and a nasty headache then about 2pm i pearked up abit. Am just hopin the panic attacks not goin to happen again tonight. And it makes it worse me constantly thinking about it and panicking cause i will being it on more myself! Any advice would be great.

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    Hi Lauren

    i really feel for you. Citalopram can have some unpleasant side effects for the first two weeks and can heighten anxiety anmake pression, some people get hardly any side effects whilst others get them all! With your weight issue this could be a concern as Citalopram can make your appetite non existent. This happened with me. Mirtazipine on the other hand makes you eat like a horse! I would see how you go on citalopram over the weekend. But I would advise you to speak to your doctor on Monday (especially around additional weight issues that could affect you whilst taking cit.) god bless

    Keep posting ♥

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      Hi lorraine

      Thanku for your reply. I felt off it abit yesterday on my second pill but by 2pm i had pearked up. I had a fantastic night sleep tho. And no more panic attacks. I took my 3rd pill today and i feel amazin! Iv actually had the energy to get ready and wash my hair and do my make up and even take my son out! I wasnt alone tho i was with my mum cause i still get nervous thinking everyones watchin or following me. Iv not really had much nausea (well sayin that i always feel sick with anxsiety so no diffrent really) atho my patner still forces me to eat its been goin on 3 years tho so am usta not havin a appitite and still eating. Im in to see the doctor on the 28th jan for a 2 week review on cit iv not had many side effects apart from slight headache yesterday and feelin tiered more altho today i have really sensative teeth that hurts when i bite down on anything. X

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      I hope it does cause i feel like am back in highschool with the great mood iv been in today. I feel like am on cloud 9. My son actually has playtime with his mummy. Werr goin to get the paints out and paint daddy a picture. I will keep u updated with my progress xx
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     First of all good for you seeking help.  The side effects may continue for a few weeks but if you can tell yourself that that proves the medication is having an effect.  You may experience a worsening of your symptoms in the early stages until the medication kicks in and you get the good effects.

    its a difficult time when you first start taking the tablets as you worry about side effects at a time when you desperately need to feel well. If you can stick with it you definitely will reap the benefits.  When I first started on the medication it took over six weeks to feel good but the side effects eased considerably after 3 weeks or so.  When I increased by 5mg to 25 mg the side effects lasted longer!  It's all about your body adjusting and working with the medication to get you better. 

    Take care and I hope you feel great soon 

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      Its taken me 3 years to seak medical help but tbh im glad i did cause i feel so much better on them. I k ow they minght not have kicked in yet but knowing im takin a pill to make me feel better is enough to feel possitive and happy that they will work. Il keep upto it even if my side effects get worse. Tbh i never really get side effects from tablets so i was surprised when i had that attack. Unless i made myself have one with panocing but iv never done that before. And thankyou i hope so to xx
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      Hi how long have u been on them ? This is my 5 th week now I do feel better than when I first started them but still got a lot of anxiety in. A Morning and still got intrusive thoughts will this get better over time ?
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      Hi im only on day 3 takin cit. But nedication always seams to work fast on me i dnt know if its because of my weight. After the 1st pill all my nervous thoughs went away apart from the 1st night when i panicked and had an attack. Last night was so much better. Because of my childhood i usta get scared and get dressed if i was in my jarmas and get my shoes on if i heard anyone arguin (our streets pretty quiet) but last night someone was arguin and fighting on our street and i never panicked like i usually do i stayed in bed watching tv. Hopefully things will gt better for u soon. If not go back to the doctors see if u can change. Cit seams to work well for me so far if its havin this effect on me now it can only get better. Good luck.
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